FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Landowner Questions

 

Q: How would I know if a portion of the pipeline route will be on my property?

A: Gulf South is proposing to collocate a majority of the pipeline route within existing rights of way extending from Gulf South’s existing natural gas pipeline in San Jacinto County.  Federal rules require Gulf South make a good faith effort to notify all affected landowners and towns, communities, and local, state, and federal governments and agencies involved in the Project.  Gulf South will mail landowner packages with details about the project and will hold an open house to provide information about the project in Spring 2018.  In addition, FERC will send those landowners a copy of the environmental assessment produced for the project, which characterizes the project's environmental impacts and evaluates other alternatives to the final site selected for the pipeline route in Montgomery and San Jacinto Counties, Texas.

 

Q: Will an affected landowner be notified before construction begins?

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 any 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 regarding 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.

 

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

A: Although difficult to predict, disturbance across an owner’s land could range from one to two months for construction and three to six months for restoration.  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 three 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 workspace 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 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: 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 

 

Resources from the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA):

Q: Will Gulf South be constructing a new compressor station?

A: Gulf South will not be constructing a new compressor station. The additional compressor unit will be installed within Gulf South’s existing Goodrich Compressor Station property in Polk County.

 

Q: How noisy will the new compressor unit be?

A: The addition of the new compressor unit will not generate any detectable increase in noise levels at any existing noise-sensitive area near the compressor station, such as schools, hospitals, or residences. Gulf South will conduct a pre and post construction noise survey to ensure that FERC limits are achieved and if not, Gulf South will implement additional noise reductions measures. The image below reflects the noise chart depicting various noise levels. 

 

 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. Natural gas transmission compressor stations are engineered, constructed, operated, and maintained in accordance with Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) 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 is mostly felt within the station yard and not by those in the surrounding area.  A full vibration and pulsation analysis is performed on the compressor packages as well as the station piping both during design and after design to assess any improvements that need to be made.  It’s not unusual to need to come back and install dampeners or supports after the station is running to reduce pulsation and vibration.

 

Safety Questions

 

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

A: Safety is Gulf South's 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.  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 Gulf South's 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.