Environmental Protection

 

Environmental Compliance

Texas Gas 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 Northern Supply Access Project.  NEPA also requires FERC to discover and address concerns the public may have about proposed projects.  This process is referred to as “scoping.”  The main goal of the scoping process is to focus 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 alternative to the planned Project or portions of the Project, and make recommendations on how to lessen or avoid impacts on the various resources.

 

Notifications, Permitting and Clearances

Government agencies with environmental jurisdiction related to the Northern Supply Access Project have been notified as to the scope of this Project, and where required, permits and/or clearances will be obtained.  A representative list of these agencies is as follows:

 

  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

  • U.S. Fish and  Wildlife Service

  • Ohio Historical Society

  • Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife

  • Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

  • Louisiana Office of Cultural Development – Division of Historic Preservation

  • Mississippi Department of Archives and History – State Historic Preservation Office

  • Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks

  • Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality

  • Tennessee Historical Commission

  • Tennessee Department of Environmental & Conservation

  • Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection Division of Water

  • Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

  • Kentucky Heritage Council – State Historic Preservation Office

  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management

  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources

  • Indiana Division of Historic Preservation


Elements of Environmental Protection

Throughout the review process for the Northern Supply Access Project, the environmental impact of the Project 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 on the Northern Supply Access Project.  Construction activities will fully comply with the requirements and provisions of environmental permits issued and, as mentioned earlier, the requirements of FERC’s Plan and Procedures.  Texas Gas 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.