T he Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hosted three Scoping Meeting events in August 2015, one each in Raymondville, Port Isabel and Kingsville. Scoping Meetings are designed to give the public and interested parties the opportunity to learn more about the project directly from members of the project team and FERC staffers, as well as giving them the ability to give official comments to the FERC, either verbally or in writing.

You may attend at any time during the meetings, as the primary goal of a scoping meeting is for the FERC to have your verbal environmental concerns documented.  There will not be a formal presentation by Commission staff, but FERC staff will be available to answer your questions about the FERC environmental review process.

Verbal comments will be recorded by a stenographer and transcripts will be placed into the appropriate docket for the project, and made available for public viewing on FERC’s eLibrary system.  It is important to note that verbal comments hold the same weight as written or electronically submitted comments. If a significant number of people are interested in providing verbal comments, a time limit of 3 to 5 minutes may be implemented for each commenter to ensure all those wishing to comment have the opportunity to do so within the designated meeting time. Time limits will be strictly enforced if they are implemented.

*Please note, the original Notice Of Intent (NOI) issued by the FERC on July 23, 2015 listed the venue for the Raymondville Scoping Meeting as Raymondville High School Auditorium. This had to be changed due to technical difficulties at this location. The Raymondville Scoping Meeting taking place on August 10, 3pm-8pm will now be held at the La Quinta Inn & Suites.

Where & When?

Raymondville

Date: Monday, August 10th, 2015

Raymondville

Location:
La Quinta Inn & Suites
128 US 77 Frontage Rd.,
Raymondville, TX  78580
Date: Monday, August 10th
Time: 3pm-8pm
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Port Isabel

Date: Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Port Isabel

Location:
Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center
309 E. Railroad St.,
Port Isabel, TX 78578
Date: Tuesday, August 11th
Time: 12:00-8pm
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Kingsville

Date: Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Kingsville

Location:
Helen Kleberg Community Center
230 W. Yoakum Ave.
Kingsville, TX 78363
Date: Thursday, August 13th
Time: 3pm-8pm
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What happens at Scoping Meetings?*

Scoping meetings, which are sponsored by FERC, are utilized by staff to identify relevant issues of major Certificate projects, pursuant to NEPA. Scoping is the process of defining and refining the scope of an environmental impact statement (EIS) and the alternatives to be investigated. The scoping process is one of the opportunities for public involvement. Affected property owners and other stakeholders can provide detailed comments about issues pertaining to their properties. For example, stakeholders can provide information on sensitive environmental features in the project area; suggest alternatives to be evaluated; or help identify construction constraints.

FERC scoping meetings are open to the general public and are structured for people to make statements to the FERC staff about the project. FERC staff describes the environmental review process with members of the public, provides relevant information, and answers procedural questions. The Company is present and is available for questions and answers. One of the main purposes of a scoping meeting is so the members of the public get an opportunity to speak their concerns. Comments on the proposed project may be submitted in written form or made verbally during the course of the scoping meeting. The scoping meetings are recorded by a stenographer and will become part of the formal record of the Commission proceeding on the project. Scoping meeting transcripts are accessible and placed in the record through the Commission’s eLibrary system, in the docket number assigned to the proceeding.

Information gathered at scoping meetings during pre-filing help the Company prepare environmental mitigation measures to present in its environmental resource reports filed with the Commission in its Certificate Application. In return, this information provides FERC staff with the resources needed to publish a more complete environmental document for public review. Companies not involved in the pre-filing process are not afforded the benefit of resolving stakeholder concerns prior to filing their Certificate Applications.

*Adapted from FERC website: http://ferc.gov/help/faqs/prefiling.asp