Environmental Protection

 

Environmental Compliance

Gulf South will comply with all environmental requirements including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and FERC’s Upland Erosion Control, Revegetation and Maintenance Plan (Plan) and Wetland and Waterbody Construction and Mitigation Procedures (Procedures).

 

NEPA requires the FERC to take into account the environmental impacts that could result from the St. Charles Parish Expansion Project.  NEPA also requires FERC to discover and address concerns the public may have about proposed projects.  This process is referred to as “scoping.”  The main goal of the scoping process is to focus the environmental analysis on the important environmental issues.  The FERC may request public comments on the scope of the issues to address in the environmental assessment of the Project.  The FERC will also evaluate possible alternative to the planned Project or portions of the Project, and make recommendations on how to lessen or avoid impacts on the various resources.

 

Environmental Assessment   

On December 30, 2016, the FERC issued a Notice of Schedule stating it would be issuing the Environmental Assessment (EA). On March 3, 2017, the FERC issued the EA for the project. The EA is a comprehensive environmental evaluation of the project.  The FERC mailed copies of the EA to federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; Native American tribes; potentially affected landowners and other interested individuals and groups; newspapers and libraries in the project area; and parties to the proceedings. 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 FERC on or before April 3, 2017. 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 CP16-478. Please note there is a date range field that needs to be updated to the date the EA was issued which is 03/03/2017. 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.

 

Notifications, Permitting and Clearances

Government agencies with environmental jurisdiction related to the St. Charles Parish Expansion Project have been notified as to the scope of this Project, and where required, permits and/or clearances will be obtained.  A representative list of these agencies is as follows:


  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  • U.S. Fish and  Wildlife Service

  • Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

  • Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

  • Louisiana Office of Cultural Development – Division of Historic Preservation


Elements of Environmental Protection

Throughout the review process for the St. Charles Parish Expansion Project, the environmental impact of the Project will be evaluated and documented and appropriate protection measures will be taken for all elements of the environment, such as:

 

  • Ground Water

  • Surface Water

  • Endangered Species

  • Historical and Archaeological Sites

  • Soils and Geology

  • Land Use

  • Air Quality

 

Environmental Protection during Construction

Before construction begins, all construction personnel will receive environmental training focusing on their duties on the St. Charles Parish Expansion Project.  Construction activities will fully comply with the requirements and provisions of environmental permits issued and, as mentioned earlier, the requirements of FERC’s Plan and Procedures.  Gulf South will employ environmental inspectors separate from the construction staff and contractors, who will oversee and enforce adherence to environmental requirements.  These environmental inspectors will have the authority to shut down construction if necessary, to ensure environmental compliance.