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.