API RP 1162
Public Awareness Programs for Pipeline Operators
|Publication Date:||1 December 2003|
This RP is intended as a resource that can assist pipeline operators in their public awareness efforts. Operators are urged to develop, implement and actively manage Public Awareness Programs within their companies. In implementing these programs, operators should select the most appropriate mix of audiences, message types, and delivery methods and frequencies, depending on their needs and the needs of the communities along a given pipeline segment. The guidance set forth in this RP establishes a baseline for Public Awareness Programs and describes considerations for program expansion that can further enhance speciÞc public awareness outreach.
This RP provides guidance for the following pipeline operators:
• Intrastate and interstate hazardous liquid pipelines
• Intrastate and interstate natural gas transmission pipelines
• Local distribution systems, and
• Gathering systems.
This guidance is intended for use by pipeline operators in developing and implementing Public Awareness Programs associated with the normal operation of existing pipelines. The guidance is not intended to focus on public awareness activities appropriate for new pipeline construction or for communications that occur immediately after a pipelinerelated emergency. Communication regarding construction of new pipelines is highly speciÞc to the type of pipeline system, scope of the construction, and the community and state in which the project is located. Likewise, public communications in response to emergency situations are also highly speci Þc to the emergency and location. This RP is also not intended to provide guidance to operators for communications about operator-speciÞc performance measures that are addressed through other means of communication or regulatory reporting.
The primary audience for this RP is the pipeline operator for use in developing a Public Awareness Program for the following stakeholder audiences:
• The affected publicÑi.e., residents, and places of congregation (businesses, schools, etc.) along the pipeline and the associated right-of-way (ROW)
• Local and state emergency response and planning agencies Ñi.e., State and County Emergency Management Agencies (EMA) and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs)
• Local public ofÞcials and governing councils