Bayou Casotte Energy, LLC; Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Casotte Landing LNG Project, 30128-30129 [E6-8016]

Download as PDF 30128 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 101 / Thursday, May 25, 2006 / Notices taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Such protests must be filed in accordance with the provisions of Section 154.210 of the Commission’s regulations (18 CFR 154.210). Anyone filing a protest must serve a copy of that document on all the parties to the proceeding. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests in lieu of paper using the ‘‘eFiling’’ link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 14 copies of the protest to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. This filing is accessible on-line at http://www.ferc.gov, using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link and is available for review in the Commission’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an ‘‘eSubscription’’ link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive e-mail notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please e-mail FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, or call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Magalie R. Salas, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–8015 Filed 5–24–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP05–383–000] Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC; Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Northeast Gateway Project and Notice of Public Comment Meetings cchase on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES May 19, 2006. The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) has cooperated in the preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities proposed by Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC in the above-referenced docket. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) and the U. S. Coast Guard, as the lead Federal agencies, have issued a Notice in the Federal Register indicating the availability of the DEIS and requesting comments by July 3, 2006. The U.S. Coast Guard will also hold public hearings in Gloucester, MA on VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:42 May 24, 2006 Jkt 208001 June 14, 2006 and in Salem, MA on June 15, 2006. Both hearings will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (EST) and will be preceded by an informational open house from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The public meeting in Gloucester will be held at the Gloucester High School Auditorium, 32 Leslie O. Johnson Road, Gloucester, MA, telephone: 617–635– 4100. The public meeting in Salem will be at the Salem State College Library, Charlotte Forten Hall, 360 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA, telephone: 978–542– 7192. The U.S. Coast Guard has mailed copies of the DEIS to Federal, state, and local government agencies; elected officials; Native American tribes; local libraries and newspapers; intervenors in the FERC’s proceeding; individuals who provided scoping comments; and affected landowners and individuals. A copy of this DEIS, the application, and associated documentation are currently available for viewing at the DOT’s Docket Management System Web site: http://dms.dot.gov under docket number 22219. During preparation of the DEIS, the following FERC staff recommendations were inadvertently left out of section 4.12 of the DEIS: 1. Algonquin should not begin construction activities until: a. FERC staff receives comments from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) regarding the proposed action; b. the staff completes formal consultation with the NMFS, if required; and c. Algonquin has received written notification from the Director of the Office of Energy Projects (OEP) that construction or use of mitigation may begin. 2. Prior to construction, Northeast Gateway (NEG) should provide to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) staff for review and approval a full air quality analysis identifying all mitigation requirements required to demonstrate conformity and submit detailed information documenting how the project would demonstrate conformance with the applicable SIP in accordance with Title 40 CFR 51.858. The documentation should address each regulatory criteria listed in part 51.858; provide a detailed explanation as to whether or not the project would meet each requirement; and for each criteria being satisfied, provide all supporting information on how the project would comply. Should any element of the project change substantially, NEG should resubmit the aforementioned information so that USCG staff may determine the Conformity of the revised PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 action. In addition, FERC staff recommends that: Prior to construction, Algonquin file documentation with the Secretary of the Commission that confirms USCG staff’s review and approval of the project’s air quality analysis and identifies all mitigation requirements required to demonstrate conformity with Title 40 CFR 51.858. 3. Algonquin should not begin construction of the project until it files with the Secretary of the Commission a copy of the determination of consistency with the Coastal Zone Management Plan issued by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. 4. Algonquin should prepare as-built construction plans for the Pipeline Lateral that include the details of where the pipeline would be laid on the ocean floor and protected with concrete mats. To minimize the potential for the pipeline to become an obstacle for ground fishing gear, these plans should be made available to the USCG and other jurisdictional agencies for dissemination to the commercial fishing industry. 5. Algonquin should file with the Secretary of the Commission, prior to construction, a detailed program to monitor the burial and backfilling of the Pipeline Lateral. Include documentation of all consultation with jurisdictional resource management agencies to determine the appropriate depth and cover criteria as well as any measures to minimize impacts to migrating lobsters from pipeline trenching and backfilling activities. Magalie R. Salas, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–8032 Filed 5–24–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP05–420–000] Bayou Casotte Energy, LLC; Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Casotte Landing LNG Project May 19, 2006. The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared this draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the construction and operation of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal and natural gas pipeline facilities, referred to as the Casotte E:\FR\FM\25MYN1.SGM 25MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 101 / Thursday, May 25, 2006 / Notices cchase on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES Landing LNG Project, as proposed by Bayou Casotte Energy, LLC in the abovereferenced docket. This draft EIS was prepared to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. The staff concludes that approval of the Casotte Landing LNG Project, with appropriate mitigating measures as recommended, would have limited adverse environmental impact. The draft EIS evaluates alternatives to the proposal, including system alternatives, alternative sites for the LNG import terminal, and pipeline alternatives. The draft EIS also contains our Essential Fish Habitat Assessment. The general purpose of the Casotte Landing LNG Project is to provide up to 1.6 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas to markets in the United States. The draft EIS addresses the potential environmental effects of construction and operation of the following facilities near the City of Pascagoula in Jackson County, Mississippi: • A ship unloading facility with a single berth capable of receiving LNG ships with cargo capacities of up to 200,000 cubic meters (m3); • Three 160,000 m3 (net capacity) full containment LNG storage tanks; • A closed-loop intermediate fluid vaporizer system utilizing cooling water from the adjacent Chevron Pascagoula Refinery as a heat source, sized for a normal sendout of 1.3 Bcfd; • Various ancillary buildings and facilities; • Five pipeline interconnects originating from a 1.5-mile-long, 36inch-diameter spur; • Associated pipeline support facilities, including two meter stations at interconnects with the existing pipeline systems; and • Integrally related nonjurisdictional facilities would include a natural gas liquid (NGL) extraction system and pipeline, electric transmission lines, an electric substation, a waste heat water circulation system, and the relocation of two of the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery crude oil tanker berths. Comment Procedures and Public Meetings Any person wishing to comment on the draft EIS may do so. To expedite the FERC’s receipt and consideration of your comments, electronic submission of comments is strongly encouraged. See 18 Code of Federal Regulations (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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:42 May 24, 2006 Jkt 208001 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 July 10, 2006. If you wish to mail comments on the draft EIS, please mail your comments so that they will be received in Washington, DC on or before July 10, 2006 and carefully follow these instructions: Send an original and two copies of your comments to: • Magalie R. Salas, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426. • Reference Docket Nos. CP05–420– 000 on the original and both copies; • Label one copy of your comments for the attention of Gas Branch 2, PJ11.2; and • Mail your comments so that they will be received in Washington, DC on or before July 10, 2006. In lieu of or in addition to sending written comments, we invite you to attend the public comment meeting the FERC will conduct in the project area to receive comments on the draft EIS. The public comment meeting will be conducted jointly to also receive comments on the draft EIS prepared for the Clean Energy LNG Project. The meeting is scheduled as follows: Thursday, June 22, 2006, 7 p.m. (CDT), Pascagoula High School cafeteria, 1716 Tucker Avenue, Pascagoula, MS 39567. Telephone: (228) 938–6451. The public comment 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. A transcript of the meeting will be prepared. After the written comments and comments from the public meeting are reviewed, any significant new issues are investigated, and modifications are made to the draft EIS, a final EIS will be published and distributed by the staff. The final EIS will contain the staff’s responses to timely comments received on the draft EIS. 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). Anyone may intervene in this proceeding based on this draft EIS. You must file your request to intervene as PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30129 specified above.1 You do not need intervenor status to have your comments considered. The draft EIS has been placed in the public files of the FERC and is available for distribution and public inspection at: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Public Reference and Files Maintenance Branch, 888 First Street, NE., Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426. (202) 502–8371. A limited number of copies of the draft EIS are available from the Public Reference and Files Maintenance Branch identified above. In addition, CD copies of the draft EIS have been mailed to Federal, state, and local agencies; elected officials; public interest groups; individuals and affected landowners; libraries; newspapers; and parties to these proceedings. 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 website (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 at (202) 502–8659. The eLibrary link on the FERC Internet website 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 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. Magalie R. Salas, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–8016 Filed 5–24–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P 1 Interventions may also be filed electronically via the Internet in lieu of paper. See the previous discussion on filing comments electronically. E:\FR\FM\25MYN1.SGM 25MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 101 (Thursday, May 25, 2006)]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP05-420-000]


Bayou Casotte Energy, LLC; Notice of Availability of the Draft 
Environmental Impact Statement for the Casotte Landing LNG Project

May 19, 2006.
    The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or 
Commission) has prepared this draft Environmental Impact Statement 
(EIS) for the construction and operation of the liquefied natural gas 
(LNG) import terminal and natural gas pipeline facilities, referred to 
as the Casotte

[[Page 30129]]

Landing LNG Project, as proposed by Bayou Casotte Energy, LLC in the 
above-referenced docket.
    This draft EIS was prepared to satisfy the requirements of the 
National Environmental Policy Act. The staff concludes that approval of 
the Casotte Landing LNG Project, with appropriate mitigating measures 
as recommended, would have limited adverse environmental impact. The 
draft EIS evaluates alternatives to the proposal, including system 
alternatives, alternative sites for the LNG import terminal, and 
pipeline alternatives. The draft EIS also contains our Essential Fish 
Habitat Assessment.
    The general purpose of the Casotte Landing LNG Project is to 
provide up to 1.6 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas to markets 
in the United States.
    The draft EIS addresses the potential environmental effects of 
construction and operation of the following facilities near the City of 
Pascagoula in Jackson County, Mississippi:
     A ship unloading facility with a single berth capable of 
receiving LNG ships with cargo capacities of up to 200,000 cubic meters 
(m3);
     Three 160,000 m3 (net capacity) full 
containment LNG storage tanks;
     A closed-loop intermediate fluid vaporizer system 
utilizing cooling water from the adjacent Chevron Pascagoula Refinery 
as a heat source, sized for a normal sendout of 1.3 Bcfd;
     Various ancillary buildings and facilities;
     Five pipeline interconnects originating from a 1.5-mile-
long, 36-inch-diameter spur;
     Associated pipeline support facilities, including two 
meter stations at interconnects with the existing pipeline systems; and
     Integrally related nonjurisdictional facilities would 
include a natural gas liquid (NGL) extraction system and pipeline, 
electric transmission lines, an electric substation, a waste heat water 
circulation system, and the relocation of two of the Chevron Pascagoula 
Refinery crude oil tanker berths.

Comment Procedures and Public Meetings

    Any person wishing to comment on the draft EIS may do so. To 
expedite the FERC's receipt and consideration of your comments, 
electronic submission of comments is strongly encouraged. See 18 Code 
of Federal Regulations (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 July 
10, 2006.
    If you wish to mail comments on the draft EIS, please mail your 
comments so that they will be received in Washington, DC on or before 
July 10, 2006 and carefully follow these instructions:
    Send an original and two copies of your comments to:
     Magalie R. Salas, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426.
     Reference Docket Nos. CP05-420-000 on the original and 
both copies;
     Label one copy of your comments for the attention of Gas 
Branch 2, PJ11.2; and
     Mail your comments so that they will be received in 
Washington, DC on or before July 10, 2006.
    In lieu of or in addition to sending written comments, we invite 
you to attend the public comment meeting the FERC will conduct in the 
project area to receive comments on the draft EIS. The public comment 
meeting will be conducted jointly to also receive comments on the draft 
EIS prepared for the Clean Energy LNG Project. The meeting is scheduled 
as follows: Thursday, June 22, 2006, 7 p.m. (CDT), Pascagoula High 
School cafeteria, 1716 Tucker Avenue, Pascagoula, MS 39567. Telephone: 
(228) 938-6451.
    The public comment 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. A transcript of the meeting will be 
prepared.
    After the written comments and comments from the public meeting are 
reviewed, any significant new issues are investigated, and 
modifications are made to the draft EIS, a final EIS will be published 
and distributed by the staff. The final EIS will contain the staff's 
responses to timely comments received on the draft EIS.
    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). Anyone may intervene in this proceeding 
based on this draft EIS. You must file your request to intervene as 
specified above.\1\ You do not need intervenor status to have your 
comments considered.
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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 has been placed in the public files of the FERC and 
is available for distribution and public inspection at: Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission, Public Reference and Files Maintenance Branch, 
888 First Street, NE., Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426. (202) 502-8371.
    A limited number of copies of the draft EIS are available from the 
Public Reference and Files Maintenance Branch identified above. In 
addition, CD copies of the draft EIS have been mailed to Federal, 
state, and local agencies; elected officials; public interest groups; 
individuals and affected landowners; libraries; newspapers; and parties 
to these proceedings.
    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 website (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 
at (202) 502-8659. The eLibrary link on the FERC Internet website 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 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.

Magalie R. Salas,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. E6-8016 Filed 5-24-06; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6717-01-P