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

The Notice of Application for the Index 99 Expansion Project was issued on April 12, 2019 and the formal comment period ended May 3, 2019.  On May 13, 2019, FERC issued the Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) stating that public scoping comments are due June 12, 2019.  On June 3, 2019, FERC issued the Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review stating they anticipate issuing an Environmental Assessment on November 22, 2019.  The EA will discuss environmental aspects of the 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. Fish and  Wildlife Service
  • State Historic Preservation Office

 

 

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.