Port of Long Beach, Sound Energy Solutions; Notice of Availability/Completion of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report, Draft General Conformity Determination, and Draft Port Master Plan Amendment for the Proposed Long Beach LNG Import Project, 60325-60327 [E5-5706]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 199 / Monday, October 17, 2005 / Notices First St., NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426. • Label one copy of the comments for the attention of the Gas Branch 2, PJ11.2 Reference Docket No. CP05–364–000; and • Mail your comments so that they will be received in Washington, DC on or before November 7, 2005. Please note that we are continuing to experience delays in mail deliveries from the U.S. Postal Service. As a result, we will include all comments that we receive within a reasonable time frame in our environmental analysis of this project. However, 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 ‘‘e-Filing’’ link and the link to the User’s Guide. Before you can file comments you will need to create a free account which can be created by clicking on ‘‘Sign-up.’’ Comments will be considered by the Commission but will not serve to make the commentor a party to the proceeding. Any person seeking to become a party to the proceeding must file a motion to intervene pursuant to Rule 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedures (18 CFR 385.214).2 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 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 comments considered. 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 TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. The eLibrary link also provides access to the texts of formal documents issued by the 2 Interventions may also be filed electronically via the Internet in lieu of paper. See the previous discussion on filing comments electronically. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:43 Oct 14, 2005 Jkt 208001 60325 Report, the proposed project is in conformance with the stated policies of the PMP. An amendment to the PMP would be necessary, however, to accommodate the LNG facility because LNG is not an expressly identified ‘‘hazardous cargo’’ as permitted within Terminal Island Planning District 4. The POLB has submitted a draft PMP amendment (draft PMP Amendment No. 20) to the California Coastal Commission in conjunction with submittal of the draft EIS/EIR. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Magalie R. Salas, (ACOE) is participating as a cooperating Secretary. agency in the preparation of the EIS/EIR [FR Doc. E5–5705 Filed 10–14–05; 8:45 am] because the project would require permits pursuant to section 404 of the BILLING CODE 6717–01–P Clean Water Act [33 United States Code (U.S.C.) 1344] and section 10 of the DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Rivers and Harbors Act (33 U.S.C. 403). The ACOE must comply with the Federal Energy Regulatory requirements of NEPA before issuing Commission these permits. The ACOE would adopt the EIS/EIR per Title 40 Code of Federal [FERC Docket No. CP04–58–000, CP04–58– 001, CP04–58–002, and CP04–58–003; POLB Regulations (CFR) section 1506.3 if, after an independent review of the Application No. HDP 03–079 SCH No. document, it concludes that its 2003091130] comments and suggestions have been Port of Long Beach, Sound Energy satisfied. Solutions; Notice of Availability/ The U.S. Coast Guard (Coast Guard) Completion of the Draft Environmental within the U.S. Department of Impact Statement/Report, Draft Homeland Security has elected to act as General Conformity Determination, and a cooperating agency in the preparation Draft Port Master Plan Amendment for of the EIS/EIR because it exercises the Proposed Long Beach LNG Import regulatory authority over LNG facilities that affect the safety and security of port Project areas and navigable waterways under October 7, 2005. Executive Order 10173; the Magnuson The environmental staffs of the Act (50 U.S.C. 191); the Ports and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Waterways Safety Act of 1972, as (FERC or Commission) and the Port of amended (33 U.S.C. 1221, et seq.); and Long Beach (POLB) have prepared a the Maritime Transportation Security draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Act of 2002 (46 U.S.C. 701). The Coast Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) Guard also has authority for LNG on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility security plan review, approval import terminal and natural gas pipeline and compliance verification as provided facilities proposed by Sound Energy in Title 33 CFR part 105, and siting as Solutions (SES) in the above-referenced it pertains to the management of vessel dockets. The draft EIS/EIR was prepared traffic in and around the LNG facility. to satisfy the requirements of the As required by its regulations, the Coast National Environmental Policy Act Guard is responsible for issuing a Letter (NEPA) and the California of Recommendation (LOR) as to the Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). A suitability of the waterway for LNG draft General Conformity Determination marine traffic. The Coast Guard plans to was also prepared by the FERC to assess adopt the EIS/EIR if it adequately covers the potential air quality impacts the impacts associated with issuance of associated with construction and the LOR. operation of the proposed project and is SES’ proposed facilities would included as Appendix E of the draft EIS/ provide up to 1 billion standard cubic feet per day of natural gas to southern EIR. California, supply up to 150,000 gallons The draft EIS/EIR includes an per day of LNG vehicle fuel, and Application Summary Report that was provide storage of up to 320,000 cubic prepared by the POLB pursuant to the meters of imported LNG to reduce requirements of the CEQA, the certified fluctuations in the local natural gas Port Master Plan (PMP), and the supply. In order to provide LNG import, California Coastal Act for the proposed storage, and pipeline transportation project. Based on data contained in the draft EIS/EIR and Application Summary services, SES requests authorization to 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. PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\17OCN1.SGM 17OCN1 60326 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 199 / Monday, October 17, 2005 / Notices construct, install, and operate an LNG import terminal and natural gas pipeline facilities. The draft EIS/EIR addresses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the following facilities: • A 1,100-foot-long LNG ship berth and unloading facility with unloading arms, mooring and breasting dolphins, and a fendering system that would be capable of unloading one ship at a time; • Two LNG storage tanks, each with a gross volume of 160,000 cubic meters (1,006,000 barrels) surrounded by a security barrier wall; • 20 electric-powered booster pumps; • Four shell and tube vaporizers using a primary, closed-loop water system; • Three boil-off gas compressors, a condensing system, a natural gas liquids recovery system, and an export ethane (C 2) heater; • An LNG trailer truck loading facility with a small LNG storage tank; • A natural gas meter station and odorization system; • Utilities, buildings, and service facilities; • Associated hazard detection, control, and prevention systems; site security facilities; cryogenic piping; and insulation, electrical, and instrumentation systems; • A 2.3-mile-long, 36-inch-diameter pipeline and associated aboveground facilities to transport natural gas from the LNG terminal to the existing local distribution system; and • A 4.6-mile-long, 10-inch-diameter pipeline and associated aboveground facilities to transport vaporized C 2 from the LNG terminal to an existing refinery. Comment Procedures and Public Meetings Any person wishing to comment on the draft EIS/EIR, draft General Conformity Determination, and/or draft PMP Amendment No. 20 may do so. To expedite the receipt and consideration of your comments, electronic submission of comments is strongly encouraged. See Title 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the FERC’s Internet Web site (http:// www.ferc.gov) under the eFiling link and the link to the User’s Guide. Before you can submit comments, you will need to create a free account by clicking on ‘‘Sign-up’’ under ‘‘New User.’’ You will be asked to select the type of submission you are making. This type of submission is considered a ‘‘Comment on Filing.’’ Comments submitted electronically must be submitted by December 8, 2005. If you wish to mail comments on the draft EIS/EIR, draft General Conformity Determination, and/or draft PMP Amendment No. 20, please mail your comments so that they will be received in Washington, DC on or before December 8, 2005 and carefully follow these instructions: Send an original and two copies of your letter to: • Magalie R. Salas, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426; • Reference FERC Docket No. CP04– 58–000, et al. and POLB Application No. HDP 03–079 on the original and both copies; • Label one copy of your comments for the attention of the Gas Branch 1, DG2E; • Send an additional copy of your letter to: Robert Kanter, Ph.D., Planning Division, 925 Harbor Plaza, Port of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA 90802. In lieu of or in addition to sending written comments, we invite you to attend the joint public comment meeting that the staffs of the FERC and the POLB (Agency Staffs) will conduct in the project area to receive comments on the draft EIS/EIR, draft General Conformity Determination, and draft PMP Amendment No. 20. The joint meeting is scheduled as follows: Monday, November 14, 2005, 6 p.m. (PST), City of Long Beach, City Council Chambers, 333 W. Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802. (562) 570–6555. The joint meeting will be posted on the FERC’s calendar located at http:// www.ferc.gov/EventCalendar/ EventsList.aspx. Interested groups and individuals are encouraged to attend and present oral comments on the draft EIS/EIR, draft General Conformity Determination, and/or draft PMP Amendment No. 20. A transcript of the meeting will be prepared. In accordance with the POLB’s new protocols for preparing environmental documents, the POLB will hold three additional public comment meetings for interested groups and individuals to attend and present oral comments on the draft EIS/EIR and/or draft PMP Amendment No. 20. Transcripts of these meetings will be prepared. The additional meetings are scheduled as follows: Date Location Tuesday, November 15, 2005, 6 p.m. (PST) ..... David Starr Jordan High School, 6550 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90805. (562) 423– 1471. Robert A. Millikan High School, 2800 Snowden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90815. (562) 425– 7441. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo High School, 2001 Santa Fe Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90810. (562) 951–7700. Wednesday, November 30, 2005, 6 p.m. (PST) Thursday, December 1, 2005, 6 p.m. (PST) ...... After the comments from the meetings are reviewed, any significant new issues are investigated, and modifications are made to the draft EIS/EIR and draft General Conformity Determination, a final EIS/EIR, including a final General Conformity Determination, will be published and distributed. The final EIS/EIR will contain the Agency Staffs’ responses to timely comments received on the draft EIS/EIR and draft General Conformity Determination. In addition, the POLB will consider comments on draft PMP Amendment No. 20 and prepare a final PMP VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:43 Oct 14, 2005 Jkt 208001 amendment. The final PMP amendment will be presented to the Board of Harbor Commissioners for consideration of adoption when the final EIS/EIR is presented for certification. If the Board of Harbor Commissioners adopts the PMP amendment and certifies the final EIS/EIR, the PMP amendment will be submitted to the California Coastal Commission for review and certification. The POLB draft PMP Amendment No. 20 proposes to allow for the development of an LNG import terminal at Berth 126 on Pier T in the Terminal Island District (Planning PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 District 4) of the POLB. The proposed project, if approved, is appealable to the California Coastal Commission. Copies of draft PMP Amendment No. 20 and the draft EIS/EIR are available to the public at the Harbor Department Administration Building or requests may be made to the Harbor Department, Planning Division at (562) 590–4158. Comments on the draft EIS/EIR, draft General Conformity Determination, and draft PMP Amendment No. 20 will be considered by the FERC and the POLB but will not serve to make the commentor a party to the proceeding. E:\FR\FM\17OCN1.SGM 17OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 199 / Monday, October 17, 2005 / Notices Any person seeking to become a party to the proceeding must file a motion to intervene pursuant to Rule 214 of the FERC’s Rules of Practice and Procedures (Title 18 CFR part 385.214). Anyone may intervene in this proceeding based on the draft EIS/EIR. You must file your request to intervene as specified above.1 You do not need intervenor status to have your comments considered and responded to. The draft EIS/EIR, including the draft General Conformity Determination, has been placed in the public files of the FERC and the POLB and is available for public inspection at: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Public Reference Room, 888 First Street, NE., Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426. (202) 502–8371 and Port of Long Beach, Planning Division, 925 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach, CA 90802. (562) 590–4160. The draft EIS/EIR, including the draft General Conformity Determination, is also available for viewing on the FERC Internet Web site (http://www.ferc.gov) using the eLibrary link (see instructions for using eLibrary below). A limited number of copies are available from the FERC’s Public Reference Room and as .pdf files on compact disk (CD) from the POLB as identified above. Copies of draft PMP Amendment No. 20 are available from the POLB as identified above. In addition, copies of the draft EIS/EIR, including the draft General Conformity Determination, have been mailed to Federal, State, and local agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes; affected landowners; POLB tenants; intervenors in the FERC’s proceeding; local libraries and newspapers; and other interested parties. To reduce printing and mailing costs the final EIS/EIR will be issued in both CD and hard-copy formats. In a separate mailing, the parties on the current mailing list for the draft EIS/EIR will be sent a postcard providing an opportunity for them to select which format of the final EIS/EIR they wish to receive. The FERC and the POLB are strongly encouraging the use of the CD format in their publication of large documents. If you wish to receive a paper copy of the final EIS/EIR instead of a CD, you must return the postcard indicating that choice. Additional information about the project is available from the FERC’s Office of External Affairs, at 1–866–208– FERC or on the FERC Internet Web site 1 Interventions may also be filed electronically via the Internet in lieu of paper. See the previous discussion on filing comments electronically. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:16 Oct 14, 2005 Jkt 208001 (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 TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. The eLibrary link on the FERC Internet Web site also provides access to the texts of formal documents issued by the FERC, such as orders, notices, and rulemakings. In addition, the FERC now offers a free service called eSubscription that 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. To register for this service, go to the eSubscription link on the FERC Internet Web site. Information about the project is also available from the POLB by calling the POLB Environmental Planning Division at (562) 590–4160. Magalie R. Salas, Secretary. [FR Doc. E5–5706 Filed 10–14–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket Nos. CP05–355–000 and CP05–352– 000] Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company; National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation; Notice of Availability of the Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Northeast ConneXion—NY/ NJ Project October 7, 2005. The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) on the natural gas pipeline facilities proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (Tennessee) & National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation (National) in the abovereferenced dockets. The EA was prepared to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. The staff concludes that approval of the proposed project, with appropriate mitigating measures, would not constitute a major PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60327 Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. The EA assesses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the proposed project as follows: • Construct and operate 6.0 miles of 30-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline that would loop Tennessee’s existing Line 300 in Susquehanna and Bradford County, Pennsylvania; • Additional compression and enhance dehydration facilities at Compressor Station 313 in Potter County, Pennsylvania; • Uprate a compressor unit by software changes at Compressor Station 317 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania; • Upgrade its Ramsey Meter Station in Bergen County, New Jersey; and • Use additional capacity created by the installation of two compressor turbine drivers under Docket No. CP05– 42–000 at Compressor Station 325 in Sussex County, New Jersey. The purpose of the proposed facilities would be to provide up to 50,000 dekatherms per day (Dthd) of incremental firm transportation capacity and 51,500 Dthd of incremental storage deliverability for Public Service Electric and Gas Company. The EA has been placed in the public files of the FERC. A limited number of copies of the EA are available for distribution and public inspection at: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Public Reference Room, 888 First Street, NE., Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426, (202) 502–8371. Copies of the EA have been mailed to Federal, State and local agencies, public interest groups, interested individuals, newspapers, and parties to this proceeding. Any person wishing to comment on the EA may do so. To ensure consideration prior to a Commission decision on the proposal, it is important that we receive your comments before the date specified below. 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 comments to: Magalie R. Salas, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First St., NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426. • Reference Docket No. CP05–355– 000 and CP05–352–000. • Label one copy of the comments for the attention of the Gas Branch 1, PJ– 11.1; and • Mail your comments so that they will be received in Washington, DC on or before November 7, 2005. Please note that the Commission strongly encourages electronic filing of E:\FR\FM\17OCN1.SGM 17OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 199 (Monday, October 17, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 60325-60327]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[FERC Docket No. CP04-58-000, CP04-58-001, CP04-58-002, and CP04-58-
003; POLB Application No. HDP 03-079 SCH No. 2003091130]


Port of Long Beach, Sound Energy Solutions; Notice of 
Availability/Completion of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/
Report, Draft General Conformity Determination, and Draft Port Master 
Plan Amendment for the Proposed Long Beach LNG Import Project

October 7, 2005.
    The environmental staffs of the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission (FERC or Commission) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB) have 
prepared a draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact 
Report (EIS/EIR) on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal and 
natural gas pipeline facilities proposed by Sound Energy Solutions 
(SES) in the above-referenced dockets. The draft EIS/EIR was prepared 
to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). A draft 
General Conformity Determination was also prepared by the FERC to 
assess the potential air quality impacts associated with construction 
and operation of the proposed project and is included as Appendix E of 
the draft EIS/EIR.
    The draft EIS/EIR includes an Application Summary Report that was 
prepared by the POLB pursuant to the requirements of the CEQA, the 
certified Port Master Plan (PMP), and the California Coastal Act for 
the proposed project. Based on data contained in the draft EIS/EIR and 
Application Summary Report, the proposed project is in conformance with 
the stated policies of the PMP. An amendment to the PMP would be 
necessary, however, to accommodate the LNG facility because LNG is not 
an expressly identified ``hazardous cargo'' as permitted within 
Terminal Island Planning District 4. The POLB has submitted a draft PMP 
amendment (draft PMP Amendment No. 20) to the California Coastal 
Commission in conjunction with submittal of the draft EIS/EIR.
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) is participating as a 
cooperating agency in the preparation of the EIS/EIR because the 
project would require permits pursuant to section 404 of the Clean 
Water Act [33 United States Code (U.S.C.) 1344] and section 10 of the 
Rivers and Harbors Act (33 U.S.C. 403). The ACOE must comply with the 
requirements of NEPA before issuing these permits. The ACOE would adopt 
the EIS/EIR per Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) section 
1506.3 if, after an independent review of the document, it concludes 
that its comments and suggestions have been satisfied.
    The U.S. Coast Guard (Coast Guard) within the U.S. Department of 
Homeland Security has elected to act as a cooperating agency in the 
preparation of the EIS/EIR because it exercises regulatory authority 
over LNG facilities that affect the safety and security of port areas 
and navigable waterways under Executive Order 10173; the Magnuson Act 
(50 U.S.C. 191); the Ports and Waterways Safety Act of 1972, as amended 
(33 U.S.C. 1221, et seq.); and the Maritime Transportation Security Act 
of 2002 (46 U.S.C. 701). The Coast Guard also has authority for LNG 
facility security plan review, approval and compliance verification as 
provided in Title 33 CFR part 105, and siting as it pertains to the 
management of vessel traffic in and around the LNG facility. As 
required by its regulations, the Coast Guard is responsible for issuing 
a Letter of Recommendation (LOR) as to the suitability of the waterway 
for LNG marine traffic. The Coast Guard plans to adopt the EIS/EIR if 
it adequately covers the impacts associated with issuance of the LOR.
    SES' proposed facilities would provide up to 1 billion standard 
cubic feet per day of natural gas to southern California, supply up to 
150,000 gallons per day of LNG vehicle fuel, and provide storage of up 
to 320,000 cubic meters of imported LNG to reduce fluctuations in the 
local natural gas supply. In order to provide LNG import, storage, and 
pipeline transportation services, SES requests authorization to

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construct, install, and operate an LNG import terminal and natural gas 
pipeline facilities.
    The draft EIS/EIR addresses the potential environmental effects of 
the construction and operation of the following facilities:
     A 1,100-foot-long LNG ship berth and unloading facility 
with unloading arms, mooring and breasting dolphins, and a fendering 
system that would be capable of unloading one ship at a time;
     Two LNG storage tanks, each with a gross volume of 160,000 
cubic meters (1,006,000 barrels) surrounded by a security barrier wall;
     20 electric-powered booster pumps;
     Four shell and tube vaporizers using a primary, closed-
loop water system;
     Three boil-off gas compressors, a condensing system, a 
natural gas liquids recovery system, and an export ethane (C 
2) heater;
     An LNG trailer truck loading facility with a small LNG 
storage tank;
     A natural gas meter station and odorization system;
     Utilities, buildings, and service facilities;
     Associated hazard detection, control, and prevention 
systems; site security facilities; cryogenic piping; and insulation, 
electrical, and instrumentation systems;
     A 2.3-mile-long, 36-inch-diameter pipeline and associated 
aboveground facilities to transport natural gas from the LNG terminal 
to the existing local distribution system; and
     A 4.6-mile-long, 10-inch-diameter pipeline and associated 
aboveground facilities to transport vaporized C 2 from the 
LNG terminal to an existing refinery.

Comment Procedures and Public Meetings

    Any person wishing to comment on the draft EIS/EIR, draft General 
Conformity Determination, and/or draft PMP Amendment No. 20 may do so. 
To expedite the receipt and consideration of your comments, electronic 
submission of comments is strongly encouraged. See Title 18 CFR 
385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the FERC's Internet Web 
site (http://www.ferc.gov) under the eFiling link and the link to the 
User's Guide. Before you can submit comments, you will need to create a 
free account by clicking on ``Sign-up'' under ``New User.'' You will be 
asked to select the type of submission you are making. This type of 
submission is considered a ``Comment on Filing.'' Comments submitted 
electronically must be submitted by December 8, 2005.
    If you wish to mail comments on the draft EIS/EIR, draft General 
Conformity Determination, and/or draft PMP Amendment No. 20, please 
mail your comments so that they will be received in Washington, DC on 
or before December 8, 2005 and carefully follow these instructions:
    Send an original and two copies of your letter to:
     Magalie R. Salas, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426;
     Reference FERC Docket No. CP04-58-000, et al. and POLB 
Application No. HDP 03-079 on the original and both copies;
     Label one copy of your comments for the attention of the 
Gas Branch 1, DG2E;
     Send an additional copy of your letter to: Robert Kanter, 
Ph.D., Planning Division, 925 Harbor Plaza, Port of Long Beach, Long 
Beach, CA 90802.
    In lieu of or in addition to sending written comments, we invite 
you to attend the joint public comment meeting that the staffs of the 
FERC and the POLB (Agency Staffs) will conduct in the project area to 
receive comments on the draft EIS/EIR, draft General Conformity 
Determination, and draft PMP Amendment No. 20. The joint meeting is 
scheduled as follows: Monday, November 14, 2005, 6 p.m. (PST), City of 
Long Beach, City Council Chambers, 333 W. Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, 
CA 90802. (562) 570-6555.
    The joint meeting will be posted on the FERC's calendar located at 
http://www.ferc.gov/EventCalendar/EventsList.aspx. Interested groups 
and individuals are encouraged to attend and present oral comments on 
the draft EIS/EIR, draft General Conformity Determination, and/or draft 
PMP Amendment No. 20. A transcript of the meeting will be prepared.
    In accordance with the POLB's new protocols for preparing 
environmental documents, the POLB will hold three additional public 
comment meetings for interested groups and individuals to attend and 
present oral comments on the draft EIS/EIR and/or draft PMP Amendment 
No. 20. Transcripts of these meetings will be prepared. The additional 
meetings are scheduled as follows:

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             Date                               Location
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Tuesday, November 15, 2005, 6  David Starr Jordan High School, 6550
 p.m. (PST).                    Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90805.
                                (562) 423-1471.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005,  Robert A. Millikan High School, 2800
 6 p.m. (PST).                  Snowden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90815.
                                (562) 425-7441.
Thursday, December 1, 2005, 6  Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo High School, 2001
 p.m. (PST).                    Santa Fe Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90810.
                                (562) 951-7700.
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    After the comments from the meetings are reviewed, any significant 
new issues are investigated, and modifications are made to the draft 
EIS/EIR and draft General Conformity Determination, a final EIS/EIR, 
including a final General Conformity Determination, will be published 
and distributed. The final EIS/EIR will contain the Agency Staffs' 
responses to timely comments received on the draft EIS/EIR and draft 
General Conformity Determination.
    In addition, the POLB will consider comments on draft PMP Amendment 
No. 20 and prepare a final PMP amendment. The final PMP amendment will 
be presented to the Board of Harbor Commissioners for consideration of 
adoption when the final EIS/EIR is presented for certification. If the 
Board of Harbor Commissioners adopts the PMP amendment and certifies 
the final EIS/EIR, the PMP amendment will be submitted to the 
California Coastal Commission for review and certification. The POLB 
draft PMP Amendment No. 20 proposes to allow for the development of an 
LNG import terminal at Berth 126 on Pier T in the Terminal Island 
District (Planning District 4) of the POLB. The proposed project, if 
approved, is appealable to the California Coastal Commission. Copies of 
draft PMP Amendment No. 20 and the draft EIS/EIR are available to the 
public at the Harbor Department Administration Building or requests may 
be made to the Harbor Department, Planning Division at (562) 590-4158.
    Comments on the draft EIS/EIR, draft General Conformity 
Determination, and draft PMP Amendment No. 20 will be considered by the 
FERC and the POLB but will not serve to make the commentor a party to 
the proceeding.

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Any person seeking to become a party to the proceeding must file a 
motion to intervene pursuant to Rule 214 of the FERC's Rules of 
Practice and Procedures (Title 18 CFR part 385.214).
    Anyone may intervene in this proceeding based on the draft EIS/EIR. 
You must file your request to intervene as specified above.\1\ You do 
not need intervenor status to have your comments considered and 
responded to.
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    \1\ Interventions may also be filed electronically via the 
Internet in lieu of paper. See the previous discussion on filing 
comments electronically.
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    The draft EIS/EIR, including the draft General Conformity 
Determination, has been placed in the public files of the FERC and the 
POLB and is available for public inspection at: Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission, Public Reference Room, 888 First Street, NE., 
Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426. (202) 502-8371 and Port of Long Beach, 
Planning Division, 925 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach, CA 90802. (562) 590-
4160.
    The draft EIS/EIR, including the draft General Conformity 
Determination, is also available for viewing on the FERC Internet Web 
site (http://www.ferc.gov) using the eLibrary link (see instructions 
for using eLibrary below).
    A limited number of copies are available from the FERC's Public 
Reference Room and as .pdf files on compact disk (CD) from the POLB as 
identified above. Copies of draft PMP Amendment No. 20 are available 
from the POLB as identified above. In addition, copies of the draft 
EIS/EIR, including the draft General Conformity Determination, have 
been mailed to Federal, State, and local agencies; elected officials; 
environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes; 
affected landowners; POLB tenants; intervenors in the FERC's 
proceeding; local libraries and newspapers; and other interested 
parties.
    To reduce printing and mailing costs the final EIS/EIR will be 
issued in both CD and hard-copy formats. In a separate mailing, the 
parties on the current mailing list for the draft EIS/EIR will be sent 
a postcard providing an opportunity for them to select which format of 
the final EIS/EIR they wish to receive. The FERC and the POLB are 
strongly encouraging the use of the CD format in their publication of 
large documents. If you wish to receive a paper copy of the final EIS/
EIR instead of a CD, you must return the postcard indicating that 
choice.
    Additional information about the project is available from the 
FERC'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 TTY, contact (202) 502-8659. The 
eLibrary link on the FERC Internet Web site also provides access to the 
texts of formal documents issued by the FERC, such as orders, notices, 
and rulemakings.
    In addition, the FERC now offers a free service called 
eSubscription that 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. To register for this service, go to the eSubscription 
link on the FERC Internet Web site.
    Information about the project is also available from the POLB by 
calling the POLB Environmental Planning Division at (562) 590-4160.

Magalie R. Salas,
Secretary.
 [FR Doc. E5-5706 Filed 10-14-05; 8:45 am]
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