Public Participation

 

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;

      

  2. Generate an awareness of the project, its purpose, 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.

     

  3. 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.

     

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

     

 

Landowner Notification 

Pursuant to 18 C.F.R. Section 157.6(d) of the FERC Regulations,  Gulf South made a good faith effort to notify all landowners, towns, communities, and local, state, and federal governments and agencies involved in the Project.

  

Pursuant to 18 C.F.R Section 157.6(d)(2) of the FERC Regulations, the definition of an affected landowner includes owners of property interests, as noted in the most recent county/city tax records as receiving the tax notice, whose property:  

(i) Is directly affected (i.e., crossed or used) by the proposed activity, including all facility sites (including compressor stations, well sites, and all above-ground facilities), rights of way, access roads, pipe and contractor yards, and temporary workspace;

(ii) Abuts either side of an existing right-of-way or facility site owned in fee by any utility company, or abuts the edge of a proposed facility site or right-of-way which runs along a property line in the area in which the facilities would be constructed, or contains a residence within 50 feet of the proposed construction work area;

(iii) Is within one-half mile of proposed compressors or their enclosures or LNG facilities; or

(iv) Is within the area of proposed new storage fields or proposed expansions of storage fields, including any applicable buffer zone.

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 are 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.