Frequently asked questions

 

Landowner Questions

 

Q. How would I know if a portion of the project will be close to my property?

A. Federal rules require that all landowners and municipalities within one-half mile of a new compressor station be notified.  Gulf South began notifying landowners directly in July 2016.  In addition, those landowners will be sent a copy of FERC's environmental assessment produced for the project, which characterized the project’s environmental impacts and evaluated other alternatives to the final site selected for the new compressor station in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana.  

 

Q: Will an affected 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 close to the existing or new facilities can the landowner build?

A: Owners of property adjacent to the compressor station may build upon their land, except for any existing agreements with regard to established right-of-way on their property. Land owners who have pipeline on their property may build up to the right-of-way, but not on it.

 

Questions About Compressor Stations

 

Q: How large is the compressor station?

A: The new compressor station will use about 3.5 permanent acres of land and may use additional temporary acres of land during the construction of a compressor station.

 

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.

 

Noise Level Chart  

 

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.