Active and informed public participation is a key element of the EIS process. A comprehensive Public Involvement Plan (PIP) has been developed to establish procedures for providing information to and obtaining input from the public. This page explains how you can participate in the project's public activities.
Where are we now in the public participation process for this EIS phase?
We have completed Scoping (2010) – Scoping is the first step in the EIS process and provides the opportunity for the public and government agencies to review information on the GCL and offer comments to help establish the scope and content of the EIS. This is facilitated through public scoping meetings and other means outlined below.
You can read more about the entire EIS process here.
How you can get involved now
Review the Draft Scoping Document & Scoping Information Booklet: Read the Draft Scoping Document and Scoping Information Booklet to understand the EIS process. These documents outline the Purpose and Need for the project, the Alternatives to be analyzed and the Social, Economic and Environmental Impacts to be assessed. The Draft Scoping Document and Scoping Information Booklet provide an explanation of the environmental process, scoping process, status of the GCL Project and information on how you can become involved.
When does the comment period end?
The written comment period for Scoping closed on Thursday, June 10, 2010.
How will my comments affect this process?
Your comments are a significant and valued part of the scoping process. After the comment period has ended, the Project Team will compile and review all comments received and will consider the comments in refining the Purpose and Need, the Alternatives and the potential impacts to the addressed in the EIS. These will be documented in the Final Scoping Report. A transcript of all comments will accompany this report.
How you can participate throughout the EIS process
Meetings will be held throughout the study process in an effort to inform the public and garner feedback on project issues. The following meetings will be advertised well in advance:
- Public Open Houses – Two Public Open Houses were held on November 19, 2013 and November 21, 2013. The meeting information can be obtained from the Meeting Flyer and Information Brochure.
- Next Opportunity to Interact with the Project Team – Citizens can always submit comments via the Project email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, public hearings will be held with the publication of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. These public hearings afford the public an opportunity to submit statements and/or written comments regarding findings of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement report. These public hearings are expected to occur in Fall 2014.
- Public Meeting – Public Meeting for the Glassboro-Camden Line Draft Environmental Impact Statement was held on May 20, 2013. The meeting information can be obtained from the Public Meeting Flyer.
- Public Scoping Meetings – Concluded “Public Scoping Meetings- Meetings were held May 6 & 11, 2010 for members of the public to provide formal comment and input on the scope of the EIS.”
- Targeted Outreach Meetings – Project updates for elected officials, stakeholders, major employers and other vested parties at critical points during the project or upon request.
- Informational Sessions – Two public informational sessions will be hosted by the study team at critical points during the study. This provides the public with the opportunity to provide comments at key milestones during the Draft EIS phase.
- Public Hearings on the DEIS – Opportunity to provide formal comment and input on the Draft EIS before it is finalized.
Additionally, informal group or individual meetings can be requested by local or state officials, community or interest groups, major employers, stakeholders and any other group representing a specific geographic area or having a direct interest in the project.
This website is one of the best sources for project updates, meeting announcements, and access to project documents and downloads. The Project Team will also provide project updates and announcements through the following resources:
- The Project E-mail List will allow the public to receive periodic project updates and notices via e-mail. Anyone interested in receiving these email updates should sign up on the Contact Us page
- Print Materials, including meeting flyers, newsletters, fact sheets and other documents will be distributed at public locations during the appropriate phases of the project. All materials will be prepared in English and can be translated into Spanish upon request.
- Announcements about upcoming project meetings and events will be made through various local media sources, especially local newspapers. The Project Team will coordinate with smaller news organizations, community based publications, local radio/cable stations, employer newsletters and tourism publications; therefore targeting media serving traditionally underserved communities such as the elderly and disabled needs of the region.
- The 24/7 Project Information Hotline, (855) 343-0130, or Project TTY Line, (856) 968-2244 will allow the public to call in to request project information, request special needs and to leave a project comment. The project hotline will include a recorded message that will dispense the latest project information, upcoming meetings/events and other project contact information.