Community Engagement

Midship is committed to helping the Oklahoma communities and environments in which we live and work. We approach this partnership with open communication: We share information about the project willingly, and we proactively seek to understand our stakeholders’ concerns and interests. Engaging with stakeholders is a key element of our efforts to optimize project performance, helping us maximize benefits for local communities, while minimizing impacts and risks.

Our Approach to Stakeholder Engagement

We are listening and responding

As an early step in planning the Midship Pipeline project, we identified key stakeholders and began building relationships. Through proactive communication with more than 2,000 stakeholders so far – including landowners, nearby residents, elected officials, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, civic groups, first responders, and tribal and community leaders – we have gained a better understanding of key concerns and adapted our project accordingly. We have also invested in the communities along the pipeline route.

How we have engaged

  • 2,000+ stakeholders have been included in communications about the project
  • 12 public meetings and open houses have been held, including FERC scoping meetings and Midship open houses
  • 11,000+ individual meetings have been held with landowners regarding rights of way acquisitions
  • 200+ meetings have been held with local officials, local business leaders, social leaders, civic groups, first responders, and residents, including multiple meetings with all county commissioners along the proposed pipeline route
  • 200+ direct communications with tribal representatives have been undertaken; we are engaging with all 18 tribes who may have historical interest in the pipeline area

Through all these communications, most stakeholders’ responses to the pipeline have been positive. Midship has developed or is developing mitigation plans to address the limited concerns that have been raised. For example, some stakeholders raised concerns about potential impacts on water resources, which we have addressed by rerouting the pipeline and/or altering construction methods In addition to following our usual stringent processes for managing construction impacts and ensuring pipeline integrity during construction and operations, we have taken a range of steps to directly address these concerns, as described on the Environment page.

We have worked with representatives from 18 tribes that we have identified as having potential historic interest in the pipeline route, to understand and address their concerns and interests. We have also worked with a tribal representative on extensive cultural and historical surveys. We have developed a leading-practice-based plan for unanticipated discoveries, and we will continue consultation and cooperation during the pipeline’s construction and operation.

Engaging with Landowners

Landowners along the pipeline route are key partners in the Midship project. The use of their land for the pipeline right-of-way is making an important contribution to the nation’s energy infrastructure.  We take the potential impacts on landowners in the pipeline route very seriously. We have actively engaged with more than 600 landowners who may be affected by the pipeline to identify, discuss, and resolve concerns, and we are working to develop fair compensation for right-of-way access and economic losses (such as crop damages) caused by construction during crop production season. Midship will be co-located with existing pipelines for approximately 70% of its route, significantly minimizing its impacts. As part of our planning process, we have assessed current land uses and taken steps to further limit impacts. For example, we are minimizing impacts on agricultural and other income-generating lands by rerouting the pipeline to avoid these lands where feasible and by implementing leading practices for construction and restoration to reduce construction and post-construction impacts.

As part of the permitting process, our proposed route is submitted to FERC for review and approval. This step ensures that the public is represented by the federal government during the review of the project. FERC reviews the preferred route and any alternatives before issuing its authorization.

Throughout the construction process, we will follow stringent regulations and our own leading practices to minimize impacts on landowners. We will inform landowners of important upcoming activity and seek their feedback on the construction process.

Once the pipeline is operational, we will check the effectiveness of construction remediation and communicate about pipeline maintenance.

Ongoing Engagement

Midship will continue two-way communication with our stakeholders throughout construction and operation of the pipeline, including sharing information and actively soliciting feedback. For example, we will continue to provide website updates; construction updates to landowners, local officials, and local community members; and hold ongoing meetings with local officials, business leaders, and other local organizations.

We are also implementing a stakeholder feedback mechanism to facilitate ongoing communication and responsiveness. This mechanism will allow stakeholders to communicate concerns or issues to us through a range of channels and provide a system for tracking communications, routing them to the relevant Midship personnel, and ensuring a response. We will use a stakeholder communication database to proactively identify and respond to concerns. We will actively promote the ways stakeholders can communicate with us by including signage on vehicles and in other communications.

Midship has been proactive in reaching out to me and other landowners along the pipeline route and responding to all my questions about right-of-way acquisition, the construction process, and what to expect once the pipeline is operational. They have been fair and open in all our discussions and respectful of my property.

Donald Johnson, landowner in Grady County

We want to hear from you

We encourage community members to reach out to us to share any concerns or interests and learn more about Midship. We take all stakeholder contacts seriously. Please contact us to share your thoughts by emailing or calling toll-free (888) 214-7275.

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