Construction and Operation of the Proposed Big Stone II Power Plant and Transmission Project, South Dakota and Minnesota, 43143 [05-14690]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 142 / Tuesday, July 26, 2005 / Notices and considered by the Commission. You should focus on the potential environmental effects of the proposal, alternatives to the proposal (including alternative locations and routes), and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impact. The more specific your comments, the more useful they will be. Please carefully follow these instructions to ensure that your comments are received in time and properly recorded: • Send an original and two copies of your letter to: Magalie R. Salas, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First St., NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426. • Label one copy of the comments for the attention of Gas Branch 2. • Reference Docket Number CP05– 361–000. • Mail your comments so that they will be received in Washington, DC on or before August 22, 2005. Please note that the Commission strongly encourages electronic filing of any comments or interventions or protests to this proceeding. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission’s Web site at http://www.ferc.gov under the ‘‘eFiling’’ link and the link to the User’s Guide. Before you can file comments, you will need to create and account which can be created on-line. Becoming an Intervenor In addition to involvement in the EA scoping process, you may want to become an official party to the proceeding known as an ‘‘intervenor’’. Intervenors play a more formal role in the process. Among other things, intervenors have the right to receive copies of case-related Commission documents and filings by other intervenors. Likewise, each intervenor must send one electronic copy (using the Commission’s eFiling system) or 14 paper copies of its filings to the Secretary of the Commission and must send a copy of its filings to all other parties on the Commission’s service list for this proceeding. If you want to become an intervenor you must file a motion to intervene according to Rule 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.214, see Appendix 2).4 Only intervenors have the right to seek rehearing of the Commission’s decision. Affected landowners and parties with environmental concerns may be granted intervenor status upon showing good cause by stating that they have a clear 4 Interventions may also be filed electronically via the Internet in lieu of paper. See the previous discussion on filing comments electronically. VerDate jul<14>2003 23:45 Jul 25, 2005 Jkt 205001 and direct interest in this proceeding which would not be adequately represented by any other parties. You do not need intervenor status to have your environmental comments considered. Environmental Mailing List If you wish to remain on our environmental mailing list, please return the Information Request Form included in Appendix 3. If you do not return this form, you will be removed from our mailing list. Additional Information Additional information about the project is available from the Commission’s Office of External Affairs, at 1–866–208-FERC or on the FERC Internet Web site (http://www.ferc.gov) using the eLibrary link. Click on the eLibrary link, click on ‘‘General Search’’ and enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the Docket Number field. Be sure you have selected an appropriate date range. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free at 1–866–208–3676, or for TYY, contact (202)502–8659. The eLibrary link also provides access to the texts of formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rulemakings. In addition, the Commission now offers a free service called eSubscription which allows you to keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets. This can reduce the amount of time you spend researching proceedings by automatically providing you with notification of these filings, document summaries and direct links to the documents. Go to http:// www.ferc.gov/esubscribenow.htm. Magalie R. Salas, Secretary. [FR Doc. E5–3962 Filed 7–25–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Western Area Power Administration Construction and Operation of the Proposed Big Stone II Power Plant and Transmission Project, South Dakota and Minnesota Western Area Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Extension of scoping period. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Western Area Power Administration (Western), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43143 extending the scoping period for the Construction and Operation of the Proposed Big Stone II Power Plant and Transmission Project, South Dakota and Minnesota, Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to August 29, 2005. DATES: The scoping period for the EIS is extended from July 27, 2005, to August 29, 2005. Written comments are requested by the end of the day on August 29, 2005, to help define the scope for the EIS. Other opportunities to comment will be provided during the EIS process. ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the scoping process should be addressed to NEPA Document Manager, Big Stone II EIS, A7400, Western Area Power Administration, PO Box 281213, Lakewood, CO 80228–8213, telephone (800) 336–7288, fax (720) 962–7263 or 7269, e-mail BigStoneEIS@wapa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: NEPA Document Manager, Big Stone II EIS, A7400, Western Area Power Administration, PO Box 281213, Lakewood, CO 80228–8213, telephone (800) 336–7288, fax (720) 962–7263 or 7269, e-mail BigStoneEIS@wapa.gov. For general information on DOE’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review procedures or status of a NEPA review, contact Ms. Carol M. Borgstrom, Director of NEPA Policy and Compliance, EH–42, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, telephone (202) 586–4600 or (800) 472–2756. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: By notice dated May 27, 2005 (70 FR 30716), Western announced the Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS for the construction and operation of the proposed Big Stone II Power Plant and Transmission Project in South Dakota and Minnesota. In that notice, Western described the schedule for scoping meetings for the EIS, and advised that the scoping period would close Wednesday, July 27, 2005. The public meetings were held as scheduled. Otter Tail Power Company, as part of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission permit requirements for siting high-voltage transmission lines, intends to notify landowners about the proposed transmission corridors in late July 2005. To provide the landowners ample opportunity to provide input to the scope of the EIS, Western will extend the scooping period to August 29, 2005. Dated: July 19, 2005. Michael S. Hacskaylo, Administrator. [FR Doc. 05–14690 Filed 7–25–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P E:\FR\FM\26JYN1.SGM 26JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 142 (Tuesday, July 26, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Page 43143]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-14690]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Western Area Power Administration


Construction and Operation of the Proposed Big Stone II Power 
Plant and Transmission Project, South Dakota and Minnesota

AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Extension of scoping period.

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SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Western Area Power 
Administration (Western), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is extending 
the scoping period for the Construction and Operation of the Proposed 
Big Stone II Power Plant and Transmission Project, South Dakota and 
Minnesota, Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to August 29, 2005.

DATES: The scoping period for the EIS is extended from July 27, 2005, 
to August 29, 2005. Written comments are requested by the end of the 
day on August 29, 2005, to help define the scope for the EIS. Other 
opportunities to comment will be provided during the EIS process.

ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the scoping process should be 
addressed to NEPA Document Manager, Big Stone II EIS, A7400, Western 
Area Power Administration, PO Box 281213, Lakewood, CO 80228-8213, 
telephone (800) 336-7288, fax (720) 962-7263 or 7269, e-mail 
BigStoneEIS@wapa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: NEPA Document Manager, Big Stone II 
EIS, A7400, Western Area Power Administration, PO Box 281213, Lakewood, 
CO 80228-8213, telephone (800) 336-7288, fax (720) 962-7263 or 7269, e-
mail BigStoneEIS@wapa.gov. For general information on DOE's National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review procedures or status of a NEPA 
review, contact Ms. Carol M. Borgstrom, Director of NEPA Policy and 
Compliance, EH-42, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue 
SW., Washington, DC 20585, telephone (202) 586-4600 or (800) 472-2756.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: By notice dated May 27, 2005 (70 FR 30716), 
Western announced the Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS for the 
construction and operation of the proposed Big Stone II Power Plant and 
Transmission Project in South Dakota and Minnesota. In that notice, 
Western described the schedule for scoping meetings for the EIS, and 
advised that the scoping period would close Wednesday, July 27, 2005. 
The public meetings were held as scheduled.
    Otter Tail Power Company, as part of the Minnesota Public Utilities 
Commission permit requirements for siting high-voltage transmission 
lines, intends to notify landowners about the proposed transmission 
corridors in late July 2005. To provide the landowners ample 
opportunity to provide input to the scope of the EIS, Western will 
extend the scooping period to August 29, 2005.

    Dated: July 19, 2005.
Michael S. Hacskaylo,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 05-14690 Filed 7-25-05; 8:45 am]
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