LANDOWNER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ'S)

 

General Questions

 

Q: How would I know if the project is near my property?

A: 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 informational packages to landowners to provide details about the project in October 2018.  In addition, FERC will send those landowners a copy of an environmental assessment produced for the project, which characterizes the project's environmental impacts and evaluates other alternatives to the project.

 

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 existing pipeline on their property may build up to the right-of-way, but not on it.

 

Q: Will the landowner see bulldozers and pick-up trucks driving near their land?

A: All construction activities will be restricted to the existing Petal III Compressor Station and temporary workspace areas approved for the project.  Only the roads in and out of the Petal Compressor station will be used by the construction crews to haul in equipment and materials.

 

 

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 two additional compressor units will be installed within Gulf South’s existing Petal III Compressor Station building in Forrest County, Mississippi.

 

Q: How noisy will the new compressor units be?

A: The addition of the two new compressor units 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. Our compressor stations are fenced and have controlled access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through our Pipeline Control Center.  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.