Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Overland Pass Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline Project, WY, 48662-48663 [E7-16702]

Download as PDF 48662 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 164 / Friday, August 24, 2007 / Notices and to hold public hearings if it finds that any alternative may significantly restrict subsistence activities. The analysis of environmental consequences indicates that the cumulative effects, when taken in conjunction with all action alternatives meets the ‘‘may significantly restrict threshold’’ for each subsistence use, resulting in a positive finding pursuant to ANILCA § 810. Therefore, the BLM will hold public hearings on subsistence in conjunction with the public meetings in the potentially affected communities of Anaktuvuk Pass, Atqasuk, Barrow, Nuiqsut, and Wainwright. Thomas P. Lonnie, State Director. [FR Doc. E7–16694 Filed 8–23–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [WY–030–07–5101–ER–K087; WYW–166510] Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Overland Pass Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline Project, WY Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability. yshivers on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Wyoming State Office, has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Overland Pass Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline Project. The FEIS analyzes the environmental consequences of a proposed 760-mile long, 14-inch and 16-inch diameter natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline on Federal, State, and private land. DATES: The Overland Pass Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline Project FEIS will be available for review and comment for 30 calendar days starting on the date the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes its Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register. The BLM can best use your comments and resource information submissions within that 30-day comment period. ADDRESSES: Written comments on the FEIS may be submitted by the following methods: • E-mail: overland_pipeline_wy@blm.gov. Please do not use special characters or attachments in your comments, as the BLM e-mail security system may not accept them. VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:35 Aug 23, 2007 Jkt 211001 • Facsimile: (307) 328–4224 Attn: Overland Pass Pipeline Project. • Mail: Written comments may be mailed or submitted in person to the Bureau of Land Management, Rawlins Field Office, 1300 North Third St, Rawlins, Wyoming, 82301, Attention: Tom Hurshman, Project Manager. Copies of the FEIS have been sent to affected Federal, State, and local government agencies, Tribal governments, and interested parties. Copies of the FEIS will be available electronically on the following Web site: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/ NEPA/rfodocs/overland_pipeline.html. Copies of the FEIS are also available for public inspection during normal business hours at the following offices: • Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003; • Bureau of Land Management, Rawlins Field Office, 1300 North Third St, Rawlins, Wyoming 82301; • Bureau of Land Management, Rock Springs Field Office, 280 Highway 191 N., Rock Springs, Wyoming 82901; • Bureau of Land Management, Kemmerer Field Office, 312 Highway 189 N., Kemmerer, Wyoming 83101; and • U. S. Department of Agriculture, Pawnee National Grasslands, 660 O St, Greeley, Colorado 80631. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Hurshman, Project Manager, Bureau of Land Management, Uncompahgre Field Office, 2465 South Townsend Ave, Montrose, Colorado 81401. Mr. Hurshman may be reached by telephone at (970) 240–5345. Requests for information may be submitted electronically via e-mail to overland_pipeline_wy@blm.gov. The proposed Overland Pass Pipeline would originate in Opal, Wyoming, and terminate at existing NGL processing facilities in Conway, Kansas. The Overland Pass Pipeline route would cross approximately 123 miles of Federal land in Wyoming and Colorado. In Wyoming, approximately 98 miles of the proposed pipeline route would cross public lands administered by three BLM Field Offices: Kemmerer, Rock Springs, and Rawlins. In addition, the Overland Pass Pipeline location would cross two units of the National Forest System administered by the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. The proposed pipeline location includes approximately 2 miles of the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, and approximately 23 miles of the Pawnee National Grassland north of Greeley, Colorado. No Federal land in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Kansas would be affected by this proposal. The project would transport up to 150,000 barrels per day of NGL. In the fall of 2005, Williams Field Services, doing business as Overland Pass Pipeline Company LLC (Overland Pass Company), submitted to the BLM an application for a right-of-way (ROW) grant to construct a NGL pipeline, up to 20 inches in diameter. (NGLs are naturally occurring heavier hydrocarbon liquids that are associated with the production of natural gas such as methane. NGLs include ethane, propane, butanes, and natural gasoline.) On March 24, 2006, the BLM published in the Federal Register a Notice of Intent (NOI ) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under NEPA and as required by 43 Code of Federal Regulations Part 2880. To allow the public an opportunity to review the proposal and project information, the BLM held four public meetings in April 2006. Potential impacts to specific resources such as water quality and quantity, threatened and endangered and sensitive species, vegetation communities, historic trails, and pipeline route near residential developments were issues identified during scoping and analyzed in a Draft EIS. On March 30, 2007, the BLM published the NOA for the Draft EIS for this project in the Federal Register. The 45-day comment period ended on May 14, 2007. Thirteen comment letters were received from individuals, organizations, corporations, and agencies. Specific comment responses are provided in the FEIS, and issues and concerns raised during the review are addressed in the FEIS. Three alternatives are analyzed in the FEIS: No Action Alternative; Proposed Action Alternative, and the Southern Energy Corridor. The No Action alternative means that the project as proposed by Overland Pass Company in its ROW application would be rejected by the BLM. Under the No Action Alternative, the BLM would not issue a ROW grant for the Overland Pass Pipeline. The project, including the pipeline, temporary access roads, and temporary use areas during construction, would not be approved or authorized as described in the ROW application. The BLM and Forest Service preferred alternative is the Proposed Action Alternative. The Proposed Action Alternative analyzed in the FEIS reflects minor revisions to the original route as proposed by Overland Pass Company. The pipeline would be approximately 14 inches in diameter between Opal and Echo Springs, Wyoming, and 16 inches E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM 24AUN1 yshivers on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 164 / Friday, August 24, 2007 / Notices in diameter from Echo Springs, Wyoming, to Conway, Kansas. The Southern Energy Corridor Alternative reflects the Green River Resource Management Plan’s preferred locations for future proposed ROWS. Other alternatives, including transportation system alternatives and route variations, were considered, but not studied in detail. As part of the proposed action, the Overland Pass Pipeline would be routed across southern Wyoming from Opal to Echo Springs along various existing utility or pipeline ROWs. From Echo Springs, the pipeline ROW would run in a southeasterly direction, paralleling the existing Southern Star Pipeline, and proceed to the south of Cheyenne, Wyoming, before entering Colorado. A major portion of the proposed route in Wyoming would cross public lands administered by the BLM. From the Colorado border, the pipeline ROW would continue to parallel the Southern Star Pipeline southeasterly crossing the Pawnee National Grassland, which is administered by the USDA Forest Service, and then into Kansas. From the Colorado-Kansas state line, the Overland Pass Pipeline would continue to run parallel to the Southern Star Pipeline to south of WaKeeney, Kansas. It would then follow an existing BP Amoco pipeline to Bushton, Kansas. From this point, the Overland Pass Pipeline would not parallel existing pipelines until reaching Mitchell, Kansas, where it would then follow an existing Williams Pipeline to the termination point at Conway, Kansas. At Bushton and Conway, Kansas, the transported NGL would be processed at existing facilities and distributed through an existing transportation infrastructure to consumer markets in the Midwest and Texas’ Gulf of Mexico coast. About 82 percent of the proposed 760-mile pipeline would be co-located within existing pipeline ROW corridors. In addition to the pipeline, three electric pump stations (two immediate and one future construction) would be needed to move the NGL at a maximum pressure of 1,440 pounds per square inch gauge through the pipeline. The pump stations are proposed to be located near Echo Springs and Laramie, Wyoming, and near WaKeeney, Kansas. The pipeline would have manual or self-actuating shut-off valves at regular intervals, as well as cleaning facilities and meter stations. The Overland Pass Pipeline would be constructed and installed within a 75 foot-wide construction area. After construction and reclamation, the permanent ROW would be 50-feet wide, VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:35 Aug 23, 2007 Jkt 211001 centered on the pipeline. All temporary workspace areas needed for construction activities outside the 50foot-wide permanent ROW would require Temporary Use Permits. All comment submittals must include the commenter’s name and street address. Comments, including the names and street addresses of respondent, will be available for public review at the Rawlins Field Office during its business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except for Federal holidays. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Mary Trautner, Acting State Director. [FR Doc. E7–16702 Filed 8–23–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [NV–050–5853–ES; N–82826; 7–08807] Notice of Realty Action; Recreation and Public Purposes Act Classification of Public Lands in Clark County, NV Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Realty Action. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has examined and found suitable for classification for lease or subsequent conveyance under the provisions of the Recreation and Public Purposes (R&PP) Act, as amended, approximately 160 acres of public land in Clark County, Nevada. The City of Henderson proposes to use the land for recreational, civic, and municipal facilities. DATES: Interested parties may submit written comments regarding the proposed lease/conveyance or classification of the lands until October 9, 2007. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to the Field Manager, BLM Las Vegas Field Office, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Cote, 702–515–5104. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following described public land in Clark PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48663 County, Nevada, has been examined and found suitable for classification for lease and subsequent conveyance under the provisions of the R&PP Act, as amended (43 U.S.C. 869 et seq.), and is hereby classified accordingly: Mount Diablo Meridian, Nevada T. 22 S., R. 63 E. Sec. 16, SW1⁄4. The area described contains 160 acres, more or less, in Clark County. In accordance with the R&PP Act, the City of Henderson filed an application for the above-described 160 acres of public land to be developed for recreational, civic, and municipal facilities. Recreational facilities will include a community park, programmable sports fields, an aquatics center, tennis courts, interpretive areas, and biking, running and hiking trails. The trail systems to be developed will connect to the city-wide trail system and ultimately, to the Clark County trail system. The plan also includes a multipurpose senior center and municipal facilities. Additional detailed information pertaining to this application, plan of development, and site plans is in case file N–82826 located at the BLM Las Vegas Field Office, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada. The land is not needed for any Federal purpose. The lease/conveyance is consistent with the Las Vegas Resource Management Plan dated October 5, 1998, and would be in the public interest. The lease/conveyance, when issued, will be subject to the provisions of the R&PP Act and applicable regulations of the Secretary of the Interior, and will contain the following reservations to the United States: 1. A right-of-way for ditches or canals constructed by the authority of the United States, Act of August 30, 1890 (43 U.S.C. 945); and 2. All minerals together with the right to prospect for, mine and remove such deposits from the same under applicable law and such regulations as the Secretary of the Interior may prescribe. The lease/conveyance will be subject to all valid existing rights documented on the official public land records at the time of lease/patent issuance. On August 24, 2007, the land described will be segregated from all other forms of appropriation under the public land laws, including the general mining laws, except for lease/ conveyance under the R&PP Act, leasing under the mineral leasing laws, and disposal under the mineral material disposal laws. E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM 24AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[WY-030-07-5101-ER-K087; WYW-166510]


Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement 
for the Overland Pass Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline Project, WY

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) the Bureau of Land Management 
(BLM), Wyoming State Office, has prepared a Final Environmental Impact 
Statement (FEIS) for the Overland Pass Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline 
Project. The FEIS analyzes the environmental consequences of a proposed 
760-mile long, 14-inch and 16-inch diameter natural gas liquids (NGL) 
pipeline on Federal, State, and private land.

DATES: The Overland Pass Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline Project FEIS will 
be available for review and comment for 30 calendar days starting on 
the date the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes its Notice 
of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register. The BLM can best use 
your comments and resource information submissions within that 30-day 
comment period.

ADDRESSES: Written comments on the FEIS may be submitted by the 
following methods:
     E-mail: overland_pipeline_wy@blm.gov. Please do not use 
special characters or attachments in your comments, as the BLM e-mail 
security system may not accept them.
     Facsimile: (307) 328-4224 Attn: Overland Pass Pipeline 
Project.
     Mail: Written comments may be mailed or submitted in 
person to the Bureau of Land Management, Rawlins Field Office, 1300 
North Third St, Rawlins, Wyoming, 82301, Attention: Tom Hurshman, 
Project Manager.
    Copies of the FEIS have been sent to affected Federal, State, and 
local government agencies, Tribal governments, and interested parties. 
Copies of the FEIS will be available electronically on the following 
Web site: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/rfodocs/overland_
pipeline.html.
    Copies of the FEIS are also available for public inspection during 
normal business hours at the following offices:
     Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Office, 5353 
Yellowstone, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003;
     Bureau of Land Management, Rawlins Field Office, 1300 
North Third St, Rawlins, Wyoming 82301;
     Bureau of Land Management, Rock Springs Field Office, 280 
Highway 191 N., Rock Springs, Wyoming 82901;
     Bureau of Land Management, Kemmerer Field Office, 312 
Highway 189 N., Kemmerer, Wyoming 83101; and
     U. S. Department of Agriculture, Pawnee National 
Grasslands, 660 O St, Greeley, Colorado 80631.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Hurshman, Project Manager, Bureau 
of Land Management, Uncompahgre Field Office, 2465 South Townsend Ave, 
Montrose, Colorado 81401. Mr. Hurshman may be reached by telephone at 
(970) 240-5345. Requests for information may be submitted 
electronically via e-mail to overland_pipeline_wy@blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed Overland Pass Pipeline would 
originate in Opal, Wyoming, and terminate at existing NGL processing 
facilities in Conway, Kansas. The Overland Pass Pipeline route would 
cross approximately 123 miles of Federal land in Wyoming and Colorado. 
In Wyoming, approximately 98 miles of the proposed pipeline route would 
cross public lands administered by three BLM Field Offices: Kemmerer, 
Rock Springs, and Rawlins. In addition, the Overland Pass Pipeline 
location would cross two units of the National Forest System 
administered by the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest 
Service. The proposed pipeline location includes approximately 2 miles 
of the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, and approximately 23 
miles of the Pawnee National Grassland north of Greeley, Colorado. No 
Federal land in Kansas would be affected by this proposal. The project 
would transport up to 150,000 barrels per day of NGL.
    In the fall of 2005, Williams Field Services, doing business as 
Overland Pass Pipeline Company LLC (Overland Pass Company), submitted 
to the BLM an application for a right-of-way (ROW) grant to construct a 
NGL pipeline, up to 20 inches in diameter. (NGLs are naturally 
occurring heavier hydrocarbon liquids that are associated with the 
production of natural gas such as methane. NGLs include ethane, 
propane, butanes, and natural gasoline.)
    On March 24, 2006, the BLM published in the Federal Register a 
Notice of Intent (NOI ) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement 
(EIS) under NEPA and as required by 43 Code of Federal Regulations Part 
2880. To allow the public an opportunity to review the proposal and 
project information, the BLM held four public meetings in April 2006. 
Potential impacts to specific resources such as water quality and 
quantity, threatened and endangered and sensitive species, vegetation 
communities, historic trails, and pipeline route near residential 
developments were issues identified during scoping and analyzed in a 
Draft EIS.
    On March 30, 2007, the BLM published the NOA for the Draft EIS for 
this project in the Federal Register. The 45-day comment period ended 
on May 14, 2007. Thirteen comment letters were received from 
individuals, organizations, corporations, and agencies. Specific 
comment responses are provided in the FEIS, and issues and concerns 
raised during the review are addressed in the FEIS.
    Three alternatives are analyzed in the FEIS: No Action Alternative; 
Proposed Action Alternative, and the Southern Energy Corridor. The No 
Action alternative means that the project as proposed by Overland Pass 
Company in its ROW application would be rejected by the BLM. Under the 
No Action Alternative, the BLM would not issue a ROW grant for the 
Overland Pass Pipeline. The project, including the pipeline, temporary 
access roads, and temporary use areas during construction, would not be 
approved or authorized as described in the ROW application. The BLM and 
Forest Service preferred alternative is the Proposed Action 
Alternative.
    The Proposed Action Alternative analyzed in the FEIS reflects minor 
revisions to the original route as proposed by Overland Pass Company. 
The pipeline would be approximately 14 inches in diameter between Opal 
and Echo Springs, Wyoming, and 16 inches

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in diameter from Echo Springs, Wyoming, to Conway, Kansas. The Southern 
Energy Corridor Alternative reflects the Green River Resource 
Management Plan's preferred locations for future proposed ROWS. Other 
alternatives, including transportation system alternatives and route 
variations, were considered, but not studied in detail.
    As part of the proposed action, the Overland Pass Pipeline would be 
routed across southern Wyoming from Opal to Echo Springs along various 
existing utility or pipeline ROWs. From Echo Springs, the pipeline ROW 
would run in a southeasterly direction, paralleling the existing 
Southern Star Pipeline, and proceed to the south of Cheyenne, Wyoming, 
before entering Colorado. A major portion of the proposed route in 
Wyoming would cross public lands administered by the BLM.
    From the Colorado border, the pipeline ROW would continue to 
parallel the Southern Star Pipeline southeasterly crossing the Pawnee 
National Grassland, which is administered by the USDA Forest Service, 
and then into Kansas. From the Colorado-Kansas state line, the Overland 
Pass Pipeline would continue to run parallel to the Southern Star 
Pipeline to south of WaKeeney, Kansas. It would then follow an existing 
BP Amoco pipeline to Bushton, Kansas. From this point, the Overland 
Pass Pipeline would not parallel existing pipelines until reaching 
Mitchell, Kansas, where it would then follow an existing Williams 
Pipeline to the termination point at Conway, Kansas.
    At Bushton and Conway, Kansas, the transported NGL would be 
processed at existing facilities and distributed through an existing 
transportation infrastructure to consumer markets in the Midwest and 
Texas' Gulf of Mexico coast. About 82 percent of the proposed 760-mile 
pipeline would be co-located within existing pipeline ROW corridors. In 
addition to the pipeline, three electric pump stations (two immediate 
and one future construction) would be needed to move the NGL at a 
maximum pressure of 1,440 pounds per square inch gauge through the 
pipeline. The pump stations are proposed to be located near Echo 
Springs and Laramie, Wyoming, and near WaKeeney, Kansas. The pipeline 
would have manual or self-actuating shut-off valves at regular 
intervals, as well as cleaning facilities and meter stations.
    The Overland Pass Pipeline would be constructed and installed 
within a 75 foot-wide construction area. After construction and 
reclamation, the permanent ROW would be 50-feet wide, centered on the 
pipeline. All temporary workspace areas needed for construction 
activities outside the 50-foot-wide permanent ROW would require 
Temporary Use Permits.
    All comment submittals must include the commenter's name and street 
address. Comments, including the names and street addresses of 
respondent, will be available for public review at the Rawlins Field 
Office during its business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Monday through 
Friday, except for Federal holidays. Before including your address, 
phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information 
in your comment, be advised that your entire comment, including your 
personal identifying information may be made publicly available at any 
time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal 
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we 
will be able to do so.

Mary Trautner,
Acting State Director.
 [FR Doc. E7-16702 Filed 8-23-07; 8:45 am]
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