Public Participation

 

Gulf South has implemented a comprehensive outreach and public participation program in accordance with best practices of the industry and guidance set forth by the Commission.  Gulf South’s outreach and public participation plan is driven by two-way engagement and was developed to create mutually beneficial and sustainable, appropriate relationships.  Outreach provides education for others and serves as a resource through two-way engagement. Gulf South began its outreach efforts in September 2014 to inform the public about the project.

 

Gulf South’s outreach program is designed to solicit public involvement in the pre-filing review process, but also to build credibility, develop trust, and maintain and strengthen stakeholder relationships along the corridor and near the sites of the proposed compressor stations. Gulf South recognizes that the stakeholder outreach program will need to continue well beyond the conclusion of the project's construction activities. On an ongoing basis, Gulf South will utilize its hotline, website, direct mailings, and print media to inform the public of the project and publicize methods by which the public can receive more information or ask questions.

  

Gulf South’s outreach effort is a multi-faceted effort designed to include its core values of safety, integrity, innovation, teamwork, accountability and performance.  Its goals are to:

 
  1. Create an atmosphere of openness and disclosure of public information through which Gulf South can respond to questions, address concerns, and act on suggestions presented by landowners and other stakeholders to establish open dialogue;

 

  1. Generate an awareness of the project, its purposes, and its value to the regional economy and to meeting the energy needs of the region and the United States.  Communicate the vital role Gulf South plays in providing much of the natural gas consumed in the project area.

 

  1. Ensure the community, landowners and other stakeholders have ample opportunity to gain project information, while maintaining up to date materials and timelines about the project.

 

  1. Provide new and innovative ways to inform and engage stakeholders, including emergency responders, state and local government officials, non-governmental organizations, news media, and members of the public living in the vicinity of pipelines.

 

Open Houses 

As part of Gulf South’s community outreach program, Gulf South held open houses on January 20, 2015, January 22, 2015, and February 19, 2015 in Wharton Civic Center, Angleton Jr High School Commons, and Spring Chateau Facility to share information with the public about its project.

  

In addition, Gulf South provided invitations to the Open Houses by direct mailings to affected landowners and other stakeholders and by placing newspaper advertisements in local newspapers, as well as updates to this website.

 

Notice of Environmental Assessment    

On November 9, 2015, the FERC issued a Notice of Schedule stating that it would be issuing the Environmental Assessment (EA). On January 29, 2016, the FERC issued the EA for the project. The EA is a comprehensive environmental evaluation of the project.  The FERC provided a comment period for any person wishing to comment on the EA allowing individuals to comment on the potential environmental effects, reasonable alternatives, and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts. Comments were due to the FERC on or before February 29, 2016.  A copy of the EA can be obtained through the FERC’s website, https://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp, using the “eLibrary” link and the project’s docket number. Once at eLibrary, select “General Search” and enter the docket number assigned to the project which is CP15-517. Please note there is a date range field that needs to be updated to the date the EA was issued which is 01/29/2016. If you need assistance accessing eLibrary, call the FERC’s helpline toll-free at (866) 208-3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502-8659 or click on FERConlineSupport@ferc.gov.