TransColorado Gas Transmission Company; Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Blanco to Meeker Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, 18318-18320 [E6-5290]

Download as PDF 18318 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 69 / Tuesday, April 11, 2006 / Notices wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES on the FERC 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 May 5, 2006. If you wish to mail comments, please carefully follow these instructions: • 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 1. • Reference Docket No. PF06–19–000 on the original and both copies. • Mail your comments so that they will be received in Washington, DC on or before May 5, 2006. In addition to or in lieu of sending written comments, we invite you to attend the public scoping meeting we will conduct in the Project area. The location and time for this meeting is as follows: April 24, 2006 (7 p.m.) Quality Inn, 1670 Sunset Dr., Rock Springs, WY 82901, 307–382–9490. The public scoping meeting is designed to provide State and local agencies, interested groups, affected landowners, and the general public with another opportunity to offer your comments on the proposed Project. Interested groups and individuals are encouraged to attend the meeting and to present comments on the environmental issues they believe should be addressed in the EIS. A transcript of the meeting will be made so that your comments will be accurately recorded. All public meetings are posted on the Commission’s calendar located at http://www.ferc.gov/EventCalendar/ EventsList.aspx along with other related information. Environmental Mailing List If you received this notice, you are on the environmental mailing list for this Project and will continue to receive Project updates including the draft and final EISs. If you want your contact information corrected or you do not want to remain on our mailing list, please return the Correct or Remove From Mailing List Form included as Appendix 2. To reduce printing and mailing costs the draft and final EISs will be issued in both CD–ROM and hard copy formats. The FERC strongly encourages the use of the CD–ROM format in its VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:37 Apr 10, 2006 Jkt 208001 publication of large documents. If you wish to receive a paper copy of the draft EIS instead of a CD–ROM, you must indicate that choice on the return postcard (Appendix 2). 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 TTY, 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. E6–5289 Filed 4–10–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. PF06–20–000] TransColorado Gas Transmission Company; Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Blanco to Meeker Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues April 3, 2006. The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) that discusses the environmental impacts of the proposed Blanco to Meeker Project (the Project). This project involves the construction and operation of facilities by TransColorado Gas Transmission Company (TransColorado) in San Juan County, PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 New Mexico and Zuma, Montrose, Mesa, Garfield, and Rio Blanco Counties, Colorado. These facilities would include two new compressor stations, modifications at four existing compressor stations, and installation of approximately 1,000 feet of 24-inchdiameter natural gas pipeline. The Blanco to Meeker Project is a necessary and supporting component of the overall Rockies Express Pipeline Project, Western Phase, currently under review in the Commission’s Pre-Filing Process in Docket No. PF06–3–000. Therefore, the environmental analysis for the Blanco to Meeker Project will be incorporated into the EIS being prepared for the Rockies Express Pipeline Project. The EIS will be used by the Commission in its decisionmaking process to determine whether the proposed facilities are in the public convenience and necessity. This notice explains the scoping process that will be used to gather input from the public and interested agencies on the Project. Your input will help FERC staff determine which issues/ impacts associated with the Project need to be evaluated in the EIS. Please note that the scoping period for the Project will close on May 5, 2006. Instructions on how to submit written comments are provided in the public participation section of this notice. The Blanco to Meeker Project is currently in the preliminary stages of design, and at this time a formal application has not been filed with the Commission. For this proposal, the Commission is initiating the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review prior to receiving the application. This allows interested stakeholders to become involved early in Project planning and to identify and resolve issues before an application is filed with the FERC. A docket number (PF06–20–000) has been established to place information filed by TransColorado and related documents issued by the Commission into the public record 1. Once a formal application is filed with the FERC, a new docket number will be established. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) are participating as cooperating agencies in the preparation of the EIS because certain Project facilities would be located on Forest Service and other Federal lands. The EIS will be used by the BLM and the Forest Service to meet their NEPA responsibilities in 1 To view information in the docket, follow the instructions for using the eLibrary link at the end of this notice. E:\FR\FM\11APN1.SGM 11APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 69 / Tuesday, April 11, 2006 / Notices considering TransColorado’s application. With this notice, we 2 are asking other Federal, State, and local agencies with jurisdiction and/or special expertise with respect to environmental issues in the Project area to formally cooperate with us in the preparation of the EIS. These agencies may choose to participate once they have evaluated the proposal relative to their responsibilities. Agencies that would like to request cooperating status should follow the instructions for filing comments described later in this notice. We encourage government representatives to notify their constituents of this planned Project and encourage them to comment on their areas of concern. This notice is being sent to landowners within 0.5 mile of the proposed compressor stations and compressor station upgrades; Federal, State, and local government agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes; local libraries and newspapers; and other interested parties. Some affected landowners may be contacted by a Project representative about the acquisition of an easement to construct, operate, and maintain the proposed facilities. If so, TransColorado and the affected landowners should seek to negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement. In the event that the Project is certificated by the Commission, that approval conveys the right of eminent domain for securing easements for the facilities. Therefore, if easement negotiations fail to produce an agreement, TransColorado could initiate condemnation proceedings in accordance with applicable state law. A fact sheet prepared by the FERC entitled ‘‘An Interstate Natural Gas Facility On My Land? What Do I Need To Know?’’ addresses a number of typically asked questions, including the use of eminent domain and how to participate in the Commission’s proceedings. It is available for viewing on the FERC Internet Web site (http:// www.ferc.gov). wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Summary of the Proposed Project TransColorado proposes to construct and operate the following facilities as part of its proposed Blanco to Meeker Project: • Construct a new compressor station at the Blanco Hub Area, San Juan County, New Mexico, with a site-rated total of 4,200 horsepower (hp). 2 ‘‘We,’’ ‘‘us,’’ and ‘‘our’’ refer to the envioronmental staff of the Office of Energy Products. VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:37 Apr 10, 2006 Jkt 208001 • Install two bi-directional meters at existing connections to El Paso and Transwestern and approximately 1,000 feet of 24-inch diameter pipe to tie into the existing Conoco Gas Plant at the Blanco Hub Area. • Construct a new compressor station at Conn Creek, Garfield County, Colorado, with a site-rated total of 5,900 hp. This compressor station will also require two electric generator sets of approximately 500 hp each. • Install one new compressor unit at the existing Greasewood Compressor Station in Rio Blanco County, Colorado. The new compressor unit will have a site-rated total of 2,805 hp. • Reconfigure the existing Mancos, Redvale, and Whitewater Compressor Stations (all in Colorado) by modifying header and piping facilities within the existing stations’ fencelines. A map depicting the general location of the Project facilities is shown in Appendix 1.3 TransColorado is requesting approval such that the facilities are completed and placed into service by January, 2008. Construction of the facilities would take about 10 months. The EIS Process NEPA requires the Commission to take into account the environmental impacts that could result from an action whenever it considers the issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity under section 7 of the Natural Gas Act. NEPA also requires us to identify and address concerns the public would have about proposals. This process is referred to as ‘‘scoping.’’ The main goal of the scoping process is to focus the analysis in the EIS on important environmental issues and reasonable alternatives. By this Notice of Intent, the Commission staff requests agency and public comments on the scope of the issues to be addressed in the EIS. All comments received are considered during the preparation of the EIS. Our independent analysis of the issues will be included in the draft EIS. The draft EIS will be published and mailed to Federal, State, and local agencies, Native American tribes, public interest groups, interested individuals, affected landowners, newspapers, libraries, and the Commission’s official service list for this proceeding. A comment period will be allotted for review of the draft EIS. We will consider 3 The appendices referenced in this notice are not being printed in Federal Register. Copies are available from the Commission’s Public Reference and Files Maintenance Branch, at (202) 502–8371. For instructions on connecting to eLibrary refer to the last page of this Notice. PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18319 all timely comments on the draft EIS and revise the document, as necessary, before issuing a final EIS. To ensure your comments are considered, please carefully follow the instructions in the public participation section below. Currently Identified Environmental Issues We have identified the following issues that we think deserve attention based on a preliminary review of the proposed facilities and the information provided by TransColorado. This preliminary list of issues may be changed based on your comments and our analysis. • Land Use, Recreation and Special Interest Areas, and Visual Resources: —Impact on public lands. • Air Quality and Noise: —Effects on local air quality and ambient noise from construction and operation of the proposed facilities. We will make recommendations on how to lessen or avoid impacts on these and other resource areas and evaluate possible alternatives to the proposed Project or portions of the Project. Public Participation You are encouraged to become involved in this process and provide your specific comments or concerns about TransColorado’s proposal. Your comments should focus on the potential environmental effects, reasonable alternatives, and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts. The more specific your comments, the more useful they will be. 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 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 May 5, 2006. If you wish to mail comments, please carefully follow these instructions: • 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 1. • Reference Docket No. PF06–20–000 on the original and both copies. E:\FR\FM\11APN1.SGM 11APN1 18320 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 69 / Tuesday, April 11, 2006 / Notices • Mail your comments so that they will be received in Washington, DC on or before May 5, 2006. Environmental Mailing List Additional Information wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES 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 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. E6–5290 Filed 4–10–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P 19:37 Apr 10, 2006 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [ Project No. 12447–001] If you received this notice, you are on the environmental mailing list for this Project and will continue to receive Project updates including the draft and final EISs. If you want your contact information corrected or you do not want to remain on our mailing list, please return the Correct or Remove From Mailing List Form included as Appendix 2. To reduce printing and mailing costs the draft and final EISs will be issued in both CD–ROM and hard copy formats. The FERC strongly encourages the use of the CD–ROM format in its publication of large documents. If you wish to receive a paper copy of the draft EIS instead of a CD–ROM, you must indicate that choice on the return postcard (Appendix 2). VerDate Aug<31>2005 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Jkt 208001 Fort Dodge Hydroelectric Development Company; Notice of Application Tendered for Filing with the Commission, Soliciting Additional Study Requests, and Establishing Procedural Schedule for Relicensing and a Deadline for Submission of Final Amendments April 4, 2006. Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection. a. Type of Application: Original License. b. Project No.: 12447–001. c. Date Filed: March 21, 2006. d. Applicant: Fort Dodge Hydroelectric Development Company. e. Name of Project: Fort Dodge Mill Dam Hydroelectric Project. f. Location: On the Des Moines River in Webster County, Iowa. The project does not occupy federal lands. g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act 16 U.S.C. 791 (a)–825(r). h. Applicant Contact: Thomas J. Wilkinson, Jr., Fort Dodge Hydroelectric Development Company, 1800 1st Ave., NE., Ste. 200, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402; (319) 364–0171. i. FERC Contact: Stefanie Harris, (202) 502–6653 or stefanie.harris@ferc.gov. j. Cooperating agencies: We are asking Federal, state, local, and tribal agencies with jurisdiction and/or special expertise with respect to environmental issues to cooperate with us in the preparation of the environmental document. Agencies who would like to request cooperating status should follow the instructions for filing comments described in item l below. Cooperating agencies should note the Commission’s policy that agencies that cooperate in the preparation of the environmental document cannot also intervene. See, 94 FERC ¶ 61,076 (2001). k. Pursuant to section 4.32(b)(7) of 18 CFR of the Commission’s regulations, if any resource agency, Indian Tribe, or person believes that an additional scientific study should be conducted in order to form an adequate factual basis for a complete analysis of the application on its merit, the resource agency, Indian Tribe, or person must file a request for a study with the Commission not later than 60 days from the date of filing of the application, and serve a copy of the request on the applicant. PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 l. Deadline for filing additional study requests and requests for cooperating agency status: May 22, 2006. All documents (original and eight copies) should be filed with: Magalie R. Salas, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. The Commission’s Rules of Practice require all intervenors filing documents with the Commission to serve a copy of that document on each person on the official service list for the project. Further, if an intervenor files comments or documents with the Commission relating to the merits of an issue that may affect the responsibilities of a particular resource agency, they must also serve a copy of the document on that resource agency. Additional study requests and requests for cooperating agency status may be filed electronically via the Internet in lieu of paper. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission’s Web site (http:// www.ferc.gov) under the ‘‘eFiling’’ link. m. This application is not ready for environmental analysis at this time. n. The Fort Dodge Mill Dam Project would consist of: (1) The existing 342foot-long by 18-foot-high concrete dam with a 230-foot-long spillway and 5 Tainter gates; (2) a 90-acre reservoir with a normal full pond elevation of 990 feet above mean sea level; (3) an existing 40-foot-wide concrete intake structure with trash rack and stop log guides; (4) an existing powerhouse to contain two proposed turbine generating units with a total installed capacity of 1,400 kW; (5) a proposed 2,400-foot-long, 13.8–kV transmission line; and (6) appurtenant facilities. The applicant estimates that the total average annual generation would be about 7,506 MWh. o. A copy of the application is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s Web site at http://www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or tollfree at 1–866–208–3676, or for TTY, (202) 502–8659. A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in item h above. You may also register online at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. E:\FR\FM\11APN1.SGM 11APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. PF06-20-000]


TransColorado Gas Transmission Company; Notice of Intent to 
Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Blanco to 
Meeker Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues

April 3, 2006.
    The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or 
Commission) will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) that 
discusses the environmental impacts of the proposed Blanco to Meeker 
Project (the Project). This project involves the construction and 
operation of facilities by TransColorado Gas Transmission Company 
(TransColorado) in San Juan County, New Mexico and Zuma, Montrose, 
Mesa, Garfield, and Rio Blanco Counties, Colorado. These facilities 
would include two new compressor stations, modifications at four 
existing compressor stations, and installation of approximately 1,000 
feet of 24-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline.
    The Blanco to Meeker Project is a necessary and supporting 
component of the overall Rockies Express Pipeline Project, Western 
Phase, currently under review in the Commission's Pre-Filing Process in 
Docket No. PF06-3-000. Therefore, the environmental analysis for the 
Blanco to Meeker Project will be incorporated into the EIS being 
prepared for the Rockies Express Pipeline Project. The EIS will be used 
by the Commission in its decision-making process to determine whether 
the proposed facilities are in the public convenience and necessity.
    This notice explains the scoping process that will be used to 
gather input from the public and interested agencies on the Project. 
Your input will help FERC staff determine which issues/impacts 
associated with the Project need to be evaluated in the EIS. Please 
note that the scoping period for the Project will close on May 5, 2006. 
Instructions on how to submit written comments are provided in the 
public participation section of this notice.
    The Blanco to Meeker Project is currently in the preliminary stages 
of design, and at this time a formal application has not been filed 
with the Commission. For this proposal, the Commission is initiating 
the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review prior to receiving 
the application. This allows interested stakeholders to become involved 
early in Project planning and to identify and resolve issues before an 
application is filed with the FERC. A docket number (PF06-20-000) has 
been established to place information filed by TransColorado and 
related documents issued by the Commission into the public record \1\. 
Once a formal application is filed with the FERC, a new docket number 
will be established.
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    \1\ To view information in the docket, follow the instructions 
for using the eLibrary link at the end of this notice.
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    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (Forest 
Service) are participating as cooperating agencies in the preparation 
of the EIS because certain Project facilities would be located on 
Forest Service and other Federal lands. The EIS will be used by the BLM 
and the Forest Service to meet their NEPA responsibilities in

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considering TransColorado's application.
    With this notice, we \2\ are asking other Federal, State, and local 
agencies with jurisdiction and/or special expertise with respect to 
environmental issues in the Project area to formally cooperate with us 
in the preparation of the EIS. These agencies may choose to participate 
once they have evaluated the proposal relative to their 
responsibilities. Agencies that would like to request cooperating 
status should follow the instructions for filing comments described 
later in this notice. We encourage government representatives to notify 
their constituents of this planned Project and encourage them to 
comment on their areas of concern.
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    \2\ ``We,'' ``us,'' and ``our'' refer to the envioronmental 
staff of the Office of Energy Products.
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    This notice is being sent to landowners within 0.5 mile of the 
proposed compressor stations and compressor station upgrades; Federal, 
State, and local government agencies; elected officials; environmental 
and public interest groups; Native American tribes; local libraries and 
newspapers; and other interested parties.
    Some affected landowners may be contacted by a Project 
representative about the acquisition of an easement to construct, 
operate, and maintain the proposed facilities. If so, TransColorado and 
the affected landowners should seek to negotiate a mutually acceptable 
agreement. In the event that the Project is certificated by the 
Commission, that approval conveys the right of eminent domain for 
securing easements for the facilities. Therefore, if easement 
negotiations fail to produce an agreement, TransColorado could initiate 
condemnation proceedings in accordance with applicable state law.
    A fact sheet prepared by the FERC entitled ``An Interstate Natural 
Gas Facility On My Land? What Do I Need To Know?'' addresses a number 
of typically asked questions, including the use of eminent domain and 
how to participate in the Commission's proceedings. It is available for 
viewing on the FERC Internet Web site (http://www.ferc.gov).

Summary of the Proposed Project

    TransColorado proposes to construct and operate the following 
facilities as part of its proposed Blanco to Meeker Project:
     Construct a new compressor station at the Blanco Hub Area, 
San Juan County, New Mexico, with a site-rated total of 4,200 
horsepower (hp).
     Install two bi-directional meters at existing connections 
to El Paso and Transwestern and approximately 1,000 feet of 24-inch 
diameter pipe to tie into the existing Conoco Gas Plant at the Blanco 
Hub Area.
     Construct a new compressor station at Conn Creek, Garfield 
County, Colorado, with a site-rated total of 5,900 hp. This compressor 
station will also require two electric generator sets of approximately 
500 hp each.
     Install one new compressor unit at the existing Greasewood 
Compressor Station in Rio Blanco County, Colorado. The new compressor 
unit will have a site-rated total of 2,805 hp.
     Reconfigure the existing Mancos, Redvale, and Whitewater 
Compressor Stations (all in Colorado) by modifying header and piping 
facilities within the existing stations' fencelines.
    A map depicting the general location of the Project facilities is 
shown in Appendix 1.\3\
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    \3\ The appendices referenced in this notice are not being 
printed in Federal Register. Copies are available from the 
Commission's Public Reference and Files Maintenance Branch, at (202) 
502-8371. For instructions on connecting to eLibrary refer to the 
last page of this Notice.
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    TransColorado is requesting approval such that the facilities are 
completed and placed into service by January, 2008. Construction of the 
facilities would take about 10 months.

The EIS Process

    NEPA requires the Commission to take into account the environmental 
impacts that could result from an action whenever it considers the 
issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity under 
section 7 of the Natural Gas Act. NEPA also requires us to identify and 
address concerns the public would have about proposals. This process is 
referred to as ``scoping.'' The main goal of the scoping process is to 
focus the analysis in the EIS on important environmental issues and 
reasonable alternatives. By this Notice of Intent, the Commission staff 
requests agency and public comments on the scope of the issues to be 
addressed in the EIS. All comments received are considered during the 
preparation of the EIS.
    Our independent analysis of the issues will be included in the 
draft EIS. The draft EIS will be published and mailed to Federal, 
State, and local agencies, Native American tribes, public interest 
groups, interested individuals, affected landowners, newspapers, 
libraries, and the Commission's official service list for this 
proceeding. A comment period will be allotted for review of the draft 
EIS. We will consider all timely comments on the draft EIS and revise 
the document, as necessary, before issuing a final EIS.
    To ensure your comments are considered, please carefully follow the 
instructions in the public participation section below.

Currently Identified Environmental Issues

    We have identified the following issues that we think deserve 
attention based on a preliminary review of the proposed facilities and 
the information provided by TransColorado. This preliminary list of 
issues may be changed based on your comments and our analysis.
     Land Use, Recreation and Special Interest Areas, and 
Visual Resources:

--Impact on public lands.

     Air Quality and Noise:

--Effects on local air quality and ambient noise from construction and 
operation of the proposed facilities.

    We will make recommendations on how to lessen or avoid impacts on 
these and other resource areas and evaluate possible alternatives to 
the proposed Project or portions of the Project.

Public Participation

    You are encouraged to become involved in this process and provide 
your specific comments or concerns about TransColorado's proposal. Your 
comments should focus on the potential environmental effects, 
reasonable alternatives, and measures to avoid or lessen environmental 
impacts. The more specific your comments, the more useful they will be. 
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 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 May 5, 2006.
    If you wish to mail comments, please carefully follow these 
instructions:
     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 1.
     Reference Docket No. PF06-20-000 on the original and both 
copies.

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     Mail your comments so that they will be received in 
Washington, DC on or before May 5, 2006.

Environmental Mailing List

    If you received this notice, you are on the environmental mailing 
list for this Project and will continue to receive Project updates 
including the draft and final EISs. If you want your contact 
information corrected or you do not want to remain on our mailing list, 
please return the Correct or Remove From Mailing List Form included as 
Appendix 2.
    To reduce printing and mailing costs the draft and final EISs will 
be issued in both CD-ROM and hard copy formats. The FERC strongly 
encourages the use of the CD-ROM format in its publication of large 
documents. If you wish to receive a paper copy of the draft EIS instead 
of a CD-ROM, you must indicate that choice on the return postcard 
(Appendix 2).

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 TTY, 
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.
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