FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Landowner Questions

 

Q: How would I know if a portion of the pipeline route will be on 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 landowner packages with details about the project and will hold an open house to provide information about the project.  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.

 

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: 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.

 

 

Safety Questions

 

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

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.  Natural gas pipeline systems are designed and constructed in accordance with the pipeline safety standards established by industry experts and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

 

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.