FERC Scoping Hearings
FERC has announced scoping hearings in the area affected by Transco’s Hillabee Expansion Project on the following dates:
Monday, March 10, 2014
Russell County High School
4716 Old Seale Highway
Seale, AL 36875
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Central Alabama Community College
Betty Carol Graham Technology Center
1675 Cherokee Road
Alexander City, AL 35010
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Butler Civic Center
108 North Academy Avenue
Butler, AL 36904
Williams formally introduced the project during a series of public workshops conducted in the project area in January 2014. Approximately 125 interested stakeholders attended these “open houses,” which were designed to provide an opportunity to meet project personnel, review maps, learn more about the regulatory process, ask questions and share feedback. Thanks very much to those who participated.
If you missed the event, you can view the open house displays by clicking here.
Williams is dedicated to working with communities to identify facility locations that minimize impacts on the community and the environment, while balancing the needs of customers. Early involvement from communities helps the company identify and address issues related to project design and location.
Importance of the public’s input
The review process builds public communication into the beginning of the FERC approval process – before a formal application is filed – so interested parties may participate more fully in the route selection process.
Williams is committed to extensive public outreach in advance of submitting our application to the FERC. Our goals are to:
- Generate a broad awareness of the project, its purposes and value to the region’s economy and to meeting the future energy needs of the state and region.
- Ensure that community residents and a broad range of stakeholders have ample opportunity to understand the process and their rights, ask questions, voice concerns and present ideas about the project.
- Create an atmosphere of openness, disclosure and public dialogue in which we can respond to questions, concerns and suggestions presented by the community and other stakeholders.
Our public outreach tools include:
- Direct correspondence with property owners along the possible routes
- Contact with the local news media
- Establishment of a toll-free information phone number, 1-866-455-9103, project website, newsletter and e-mail address (email@example.com)
- Contact with community leaders, public officials and other stakeholders
- Creation of materials explaining the project
- Enhancing access to information about property owners’ rights and the regulatory review/approval process