Commitment to Consult with Local Communities
Williams utilizes the voluntary pre-filing process developed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to engage impacted stakeholders prior to the submittal of the formal project certificate application. This process was leveraged for five of our major pipeline projects: Atlantic Sunrise, Dalton, Northeast Supply Enhancement, Hillabee and Virginia Southside.
This creates a framework for applicants to consult with project stakeholders, such as landowners, community leaders and permitting agencies, prior to submitting a formal certification application. Activities include public meetings and consultations with elected officials, community leaders and impacted landowners. For example, Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise project included 11 open houses or public workshops and hundreds of stakeholder engagement meetings, ultimately leading to the adoption of more than 400 changes affecting more than half of the originally-designed project route.