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 Project and address concerns the public may have about the proposed project (aka "scoping"). The scoping process focuses the environmental analysis on the important environmental issues.  The FERC will request public comments on the scope of the issues to address in the environmental assessment of the Project. The FERC will also evaluate possible alternatives to the planned Project, and make recommendations on how to lessen or avoid impacts on the various resources.

 

Environmental Assessment
On November 19, 2018, FERC issued the Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review stating they anticipate issuing an Environmental Assessment on March 4, 2019.  The EA will discuss the environmental aspects of the Willis Lateral Project involving construction and operation of the proposed facilities. The FERC will mail copies of the EA to federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; Native American tribes; potentially affected landowners; newspapers and libraries in the project area; and, parties to the proceeding. Once the EA is issued it will state if a public comment period will be announced in which the FERC will gather input from the public and interested agencies about the Project.   

Notifications, Permitting and Clearances

A representative list of the government agencies with environmental jurisdiction that have been notified:


  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  • U.S. Fish and  Wildlife Service

  • Texas State Historic Preservation Office

  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

     

Elements of Environmental Protection

Throughout the review process, the environmental impact 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.  Construction activities will fully comply with the requirements and provisions of environmental permits issued and 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.