FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

The following frequently asked questions and answers are provided to assist those whose land may be affected by the proposed Coastal Bend Header Project.

 

Landowner Questions

 

Q: Will the landowner be notified before construction begins on his or her property?

A: Gulf South representatives will advise a landowner of the construction start date affecting his or her property.  This will allow the landowner to schedule farming or other activities in ways that minimize inconvenience for both parties.  However, the availability of equipment, weather, and other factors can be unpredictable and might affect the actual start date. All landowners will be notified of any significant changes to the construction timeline.

 

Q:  How long will construction occur on an owner’s land?

A: Although difficult to predict, disturbance across an owner’s land, from clearing to clean-up, could continue intermittently for one to two months.  This time period could be shorter if all construction crews are working back-to-back.  However, depending on many variables including weather, pipe delivery, trench conditions, etc., crews may not be able to work at the same speed as the previous crew, and thus, disturbance on your land could continue intermittently for up to two months.  Gulf South will use reasonable efforts to keep the construction crews moving forward and minimize the time period in which your land is disturbed.

  

Q: Will the landowner see bulldozers and pick-up trucks driving on their land?

A:  All construction activities will be restricted to the right-of-way and temporary workspaces areas granted to Gulf South by the landowner.  Only these roads agreed to in advance will be used by the construction crews.

  

Q: How will the pipeline affect land drainage?

A: The right-of-way will be graded after construction to allow normal water drainage.  All drainages will be returned to their original patterns.  The right-of-way may be terraced, seeded, mulched or otherwise stabilized to prevent erosion.

  

Q: What precautions will be taken to restore agricultural or active crop land?

A: The top 12 inches of soil will be excavated and segregated into separate stockpiles to allow for the re-establishment of the original soil profile in agricultural fields, hayfields or other fields used for crops.  In areas where there is less than 12 inches of topsoil, all of the topsoil will be removed and stored separately.  Once construction is complete, the subsoil will be placed into the trench first, followed by the topsoil.

 

Q: What should a landowner do if it’s discovered that his or her utilities have been damaged during construction activities?

A: The situation is highly unlikely, but in an effort to prepare for every circumstance, you may contact Gulf South personnel in the event of such a mishap. It’s rare but not impossible.  Please be sure you point out the location of any underground utilities or structures to Gulf South’s land agent prior to construction to minimize the potential for disruptions.

  

Q: How can one view copies of public documents on the project?

A: One will find copies of significant public documents on the Coastal Bend Header Project in your area at the following public library locations:

 

Brazoria, Texas

Brazoria County Library System

451 N. Velasco

Angleton, TX 77515

(979) 864-1505

 

Sabine County, Texas

J R Huffman Library

375 Sabine Street

Hemphill, TX 75948

(409) 787-4829

 

Fort Bend County, Texas

George Memorial Library

1001 Golfview Drive

Richmond, TX 77469

(281) 342-4455

 

Wharton County, Texas

Wharton County Library

1920 North Fulton

Wharton, TX 77488

(979) 532-8080

 

Polk County, Texas

Livingston Municipal Library

707 North Tyler Ave.

Livingston, TX 77351

(936) 327-4252

Harris County, Texas

Barbara Bush Branch Library

6817 Cypresswood Drive

Spring, TX 77379

(281) 376-4610

 

   

Q: I would like to get some gas from this pipeline.  How do I do that?

A: This pipeline is used for transporting natural gas to interstate market areas in the United States where it can be distributed by local distribution companies or used as fuel in power generation for industrial facilities.  Gulf South does not own the natural gas in the line and cannot provide service directly to you.  Please contact your local gas utility company to ask about natural gas service.

 

Questions About Compressor Stations

 

Q: How noisy is a compressor station?

A: The noise attributable to a new compressor station, or any modifications to existing stations, must not exceed a day-night average noise level of 55 dBA at any pre-existing noise-sensitive areas such as schools, hospitals, or residences.  The new or modified facilities have been designed to comply with this limit, and actual noise surveys will be conducted during initial operation, with results reported to FERC to document compliance. The image below reflects the noise chart depicting 55 dBA in relationship to other sources of noise.

   

 

 Q: Are there special safety or fire issues associated with compressor stations?

A: All interstate natural gas facilities are required to comply with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (US DOT) Minimum Safety Standards. Compressor stations are constructed with multiple safety systems, such as gas and fire detection systems and emergency shutdown equipment.  In the event of an accident, these systems have been designed to ensure the station is safely shut down with minimal risk to the public or the environment.

 

 

 

Q.  Will there be any vibration associated with the station?  If so what is being done to minimize the impact of vibrations?

A. Gulf South works very hard to incorporate design features that minimize vibration. At times, there may be some minor localized vibration which are mostly felt within the station yard and not by those in the surrounding area. 

 

Safety Questions

 

Q. What kind of safeguards are taken to ensure safe operations of the pipelines and compressor stations?

A. Safety is our number one priority in all that we do, and we are committed to operating our assets in a safe, reliable and compliant manner. To that end, Gulf South monitors its natural gas pipeline systems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through our Pipeline Control Center in Owensboro, Kentucky.  Our compressor stations are fenced and have controlled access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Natural gas pipeline systems are designed and constructed in accordance with the pipeline safety standards established by industry experts and the US DOT.

 

Q. How will the public be notified if there is an emergency associated with this station? 

A. The safety of our personnel and those in the surrounding community is our top priority. In the rare event of an emergency, local first responders will be immediately notified. Gulf South will then work with them to take all necessary and appropriate actions to isolate the area and inform the public of an emergency.