Gulf Crossing Pipeline Company, LLC and Gulf South Pipeline Company, L.P.; Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Gulf Crossing Project, 63566-63567 [E7-22021]

Download as PDF 63566 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 217 / Friday, November 9, 2007 / Notices 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 dockets(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. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Acting Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–22033 Filed 11–8–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket Nos. CP07–398–001 and CP07–401– 000] Gulf Crossing Pipeline Company, LLC and Gulf South Pipeline Company, L.P.; Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Gulf Crossing Project mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES November 2, 2007. The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared this Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the natural gas pipeline facilities proposed by Gulf Crossing Pipeline Company, LLC (Gulf Crossing) and Gulf South Pipeline Company, L.P. (Gulf South) under the above-referenced dockets. Gulf Crossing and Gulf South’s (the Companies) proposed Gulf Crossing Project (Project) would be located in various counties and parishes in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The Draft EIS was prepared to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FERC staff concludes that the proposed Project, with the appropriate mitigation measures as recommended, would have limited adverse environmental impact. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Natural Resources Conservation Service are cooperating agencies for the development of this EIS. A cooperating agency has jurisdiction by law or special expertise with respect to any environmental impact involved with the proposal and is involved in the NEPA analysis. The general purpose of the proposed Project is to facilitate the transport of up to 1.73 billion cubic feet per day of VerDate Aug<31>2005 23:48 Nov 08, 2007 Jkt 214001 natural gas from production fields in eastern Texas and southern Oklahoma to Gulf Coast market hubs that would service the eastern United States. The Draft EIS addresses the potential environmental effects of construction and operation of the facilities listed below. Gulf Crossing proposes to construct and operate: • Approximately 353.2 miles of 42inch-diameter natural gas transmission pipeline extending east-southeast from Grayson County, Texas and Bryan County, Oklahoma to Madison Parish, Louisiana; • Four new compressor stations: The Sherman, Paris, Mira, and Sterlington Compressor Stations located in Grayson and Lamar County, Texas and Caddo and Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, respectively, totaling 100,734 horsepower; • Seven new metering and regulating stations; and • Other appurtenant ancillary facilities including, mainline valves (MLV), pig launcher and receiver facilities. Gulf South proposes to construct and operate: • Approximately 17.8 miles of 42inch-diameter pipeline loop extending southeast from Hinds County, Mississippi to Simpson County, Mississippi; • Addition of 30,000 horsepower to its recently approved Harrisville Compressor Station; and • Other appurtenant ancillary facilities including MLV, pig launcher and receiver facilities. The Companies propose to have the facilities installed and operational by October 2008. The Draft EIS has been placed in the public files of the FERC 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. A limited number of copies of the Draft EIS are available from the Public Reference Room identified above. In addition, the Draft EIS has been mailed to affected landowners; various Federal, State, and local government agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes; local libraries and newspapers; intervenors; and other individuals that expressed an interest in the proposed Project. Comment Procedures and Public Meetings Any person wishing to comment on the Draft EIS may do so. Please carefully PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 follow these instructions to ensure that your comments are received and properly recorded. • Send an Original and two copies of your comments to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20002. • Reference Docket Nos. CP07–398– 001, and CP07–401–000. • Label one copy of the comments for the attention of Gas Branch 3. • Mail your comments so that they will be received in Washington, DC on or before December 24, 2007. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing of any comments, interventions or protests to this proceeding. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission’s Web site at http://www.ferc.gov under the ‘‘eFiling’’ link and the link to the User’s guide. Before you can file comments you will need to create a free account, which can be created by clicking on ‘‘Login to File’’ and then ‘‘New User Account.’’ You will be asked to select the type of filing you are making. This filing is considered a ‘‘Comment on Filing.’’ In lieu of sending written comments, you are invited to attend public comment meetings the FERC will conduct in the project area to receive comments on the Draft EIS. Date, time, and location of these meetings will be sent under a different cover. Interested groups and individuals are encouraged to attend and present oral comments on the Draft EIS. Transcripts of the meetings will be prepared. After the comments are reviewed, and significant new issues are investigated, and modifications are made to the Draft EIS, a Final EIS will be published and distributed by the FERC 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). Only intervenors have the right to seek rehearing of the Commission’s decision. Anyone may intervene in this proceeding based on this Draft EIS. You must file your request to intervene as specified above.1 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\09NON1.SGM 09NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 217 / Friday, November 9, 2007 / Notices mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 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 Room, 888 First Street, NE., Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426, (202) 208–1371. CD–ROM copies of the EIS have been mailed to Federal, state and local agencies; public interest groups; individuals and affected landowners who requested a copy of the Draft EIS or provided comments during scoping; libraries and newspapers in the Project area; and parties to this proceeding. Hard copy versions of the Draft EIS were mailed to those specifically requesting them. A limited number of hard copies and CD–ROMs are available from the Public Reference Room identified above. Additional information about the project is available from the Commission’s Office of External Affairs, at 1–866–208–FERC (3372) or on the FERC Internet Web site (http:// www.ferc.gov). Using the ‘‘eLibrary link,’’ select ‘‘General Search’’ and enter the project docket number excluding the last three digits (i.e., CP07–398) 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 TTY (202) 502–8659. The eLibrary link on the FERC Internet Web site also provides access to the texts of formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rule makings. 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 these documents. To learn more about eSubscription and to sign-up for this service please go to http://www.ferc.gov/ esubscribenow.htm. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–22021 Filed 11–8–07; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP08–2–000] El Paso Natural Gas Company; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Eunice Replacement Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues November 2, 2007. The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) that will discuss the environmental impacts of the Eunice Replacement Project (Project) involving the abandonment of existing natural gas compression facilities, and construction and operation of new natural gas compression facilities by El Paso Natural Gas Company (EPNG) in Lea County, New Mexico.1 The EA will be used by the Commission in its decisionmaking process to determine whether the project is in the public convenience and necessity. A fact sheet prepared by the FERC entitled ‘‘An Interstate Natural Gas Facility On My Land? What Do I Need To Know?’’ was attached to the project notice EPNG provided to affected landowners. This fact sheet 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 (www.ferc.gov). Summary of the Proposed Project EPNG seeks authority to abandon in place: • Its existing Eunice Mainline Compressor Station consisting of 11 Clark BA–5 and one Clark HBA–5 reciprocating compressor units, rated at approximately 12,100 ISO HP, with appurtenances and related structures; and • an existing pig launcher. EPNG also seeks authority to construct on land owned by EPNG: • A 600 foot segment of 30″ pipeline to connect the discharge of the proposed Eunice C Compressor Station to the California Line and serve as a bypass of the abandoned Eunice Mainline Compressor Station; • Two gas turbine-drive Taurus 60 compressor units on the Eunice C BILLING CODE 6717–01–P 1 On October 2, 2007, EPNG filed its application with the Commission under section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act, 15 United States Code § 717(b)(a), and Parts 157 and 284 of the Commission’s regulations. The Commission filed its notice of application on October 11, 2007. VerDate Aug<31>2005 23:48 Nov 08, 2007 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63567 Compressor Station site, totaling approximately 15,600 ISO HP; • A compressor unit building to house the compressor units; • A pig launcher/check meter station within the proposed Eunice C Compressor Station site; and • A valve station within the proposed Eunice C Compressor Station site. In addition, EPNG seeks authority to up-rate, on land owned by EPNG, a 1,700 foot segment of pipeline (Line 1135) to a maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) of 837 psig. EPNG would connect this segment of Line 1135, currently located on the suction side of the existing Eunice Mainline Compressor Station, to the discharge of the proposed Eunice C Compressor Station. The general location of the project facilities is shown in Appendix 1.2 Land Requirements for Construction Construction of the proposed facilities would require about 16.8 acres of land. Following construction, about 3.0 acres would be permanently impacted by the new Eunice C Compressor Station. All project facilities would be maintained within existing EPNG property. The EA Process The National Environmental Policy Act (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. NEPA also requires us to discover and address concerns the public may have about proposals. This process is referred to as ‘‘scoping.’’ The main goal of the scoping process is to focus the analysis in the EA on the important environmental issues. By this Notice of Intent, the Commission staff requests public comments on the scope of the issues to address in the EA. All comments received are considered during the preparation of the EA. State and local government representatives are encouraged to notify their constituents of this proposed action and encourage them to comment on their areas of concern. 2 The appendices referenced in this notice are not being printed in the Federal Register. Copies of all appendices, other than Appendix 1 (maps), are available on the Commission’s website at the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link or from the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426, or call (202) 502–8371. For instructions on connecting to eLibrary, refer to the last page of this notice. Copies of the appendices were sent to all those receiving this notice in the mail. E:\FR\FM\09NON1.SGM 09NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket Nos. CP07-398-001 and CP07-401-000]


Gulf Crossing Pipeline Company, LLC and Gulf South Pipeline 
Company, L.P.; Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Gulf Crossing Project

November 2, 2007.
    The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or 
Commission) has prepared this Draft Environmental Impact Statement 
(EIS) for the natural gas pipeline facilities proposed by Gulf Crossing 
Pipeline Company, LLC (Gulf Crossing) and Gulf South Pipeline Company, 
L.P. (Gulf South) under the above-referenced dockets. Gulf Crossing and 
Gulf South's (the Companies) proposed Gulf Crossing Project (Project) 
would be located in various counties and parishes in Oklahoma, Texas, 
Louisiana, and Mississippi.
    The Draft EIS was prepared to satisfy the requirements of the 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FERC staff concludes that 
the proposed Project, with the appropriate mitigation measures as 
recommended, would have limited adverse environmental impact.
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Louisiana Department of 
Wildlife and Fisheries, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and 
Natural Resources Conservation Service are cooperating agencies for the 
development of this EIS. A cooperating agency has jurisdiction by law 
or special expertise with respect to any environmental impact involved 
with the proposal and is involved in the NEPA analysis.
    The general purpose of the proposed Project is to facilitate the 
transport of up to 1.73 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from 
production fields in eastern Texas and southern Oklahoma to Gulf Coast 
market hubs that would service the eastern United States.
    The Draft EIS addresses the potential environmental effects of 
construction and operation of the facilities listed below.
    Gulf Crossing proposes to construct and operate:
     Approximately 353.2 miles of 42-inch-diameter natural gas 
transmission pipeline extending east-southeast from Grayson County, 
Texas and Bryan County, Oklahoma to Madison Parish, Louisiana;
     Four new compressor stations: The Sherman, Paris, Mira, 
and Sterlington Compressor Stations located in Grayson and Lamar 
County, Texas and Caddo and Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, respectively, 
totaling 100,734 horsepower;
     Seven new metering and regulating stations; and
     Other appurtenant ancillary facilities including, mainline 
valves (MLV), pig launcher and receiver facilities.
    Gulf South proposes to construct and operate:
     Approximately 17.8 miles of 42-inch-diameter pipeline loop 
extending southeast from Hinds County, Mississippi to Simpson County, 
Mississippi;
     Addition of 30,000 horsepower to its recently approved 
Harrisville Compressor Station; and
     Other appurtenant ancillary facilities including MLV, pig 
launcher and receiver facilities.
    The Companies propose to have the facilities installed and 
operational by October 2008.
    The Draft EIS has been placed in the public files of the FERC 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.
    A limited number of copies of the Draft EIS are available from the 
Public Reference Room identified above. In addition, the Draft EIS has 
been mailed to affected landowners; various Federal, State, and local 
government agencies; elected officials; environmental and public 
interest groups; Native American tribes; local libraries and 
newspapers; intervenors; and other individuals that expressed an 
interest in the proposed Project.

Comment Procedures and Public Meetings

    Any person wishing to comment on the Draft EIS may do so. Please 
carefully follow these instructions to ensure that your comments are 
received and properly recorded.
     Send an Original and two copies of your comments to: 
Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 
First Street, NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20002.
     Reference Docket Nos. CP07-398-001, and CP07-401-000.
     Label one copy of the comments for the attention of Gas 
Branch 3.
     Mail your comments so that they will be received in 
Washington, DC on or before December 24, 2007.
    The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing of any 
comments, 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 ``Login to File'' and 
then ``New User Account.'' You will be asked to select the type of 
filing you are making. This filing is considered a ``Comment on 
Filing.''
    In lieu of sending written comments, you are invited to attend 
public comment meetings the FERC will conduct in the project area to 
receive comments on the Draft EIS. Date, time, and location of these 
meetings will be sent under a different cover. Interested groups and 
individuals are encouraged to attend and present oral comments on the 
Draft EIS. Transcripts of the meetings will be prepared.
    After the comments are reviewed, and significant new issues are 
investigated, and modifications are made to the Draft EIS, a Final EIS 
will be published and distributed by the FERC 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). Only intervenors have the right to seek 
rehearing of the Commission's decision. Anyone may intervene in this 
proceeding based on this Draft EIS. You must file your request to 
intervene as specified above.\1\

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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 Room, 888 First Street, NE., 
Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426, (202) 208-1371.
    CD-ROM copies of the EIS have been mailed to Federal, state and 
local agencies; public interest groups; individuals and affected 
landowners who requested a copy of the Draft EIS or provided comments 
during scoping; libraries and newspapers in the Project area; and 
parties to this proceeding. Hard copy versions of the Draft EIS were 
mailed to those specifically requesting them. A limited number of hard 
copies and CD-ROMs are available from the Public Reference Room 
identified above.
    Additional information about the project is available from the 
Commission's Office of External Affairs, at 1-866-208-FERC (3372) or on 
the FERC Internet Web site (http://www.ferc.gov). Using the ``eLibrary 
link,'' select ``General Search'' and enter the project docket number 
excluding the last three digits (i.e., CP07-398) 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 TTY (202) 
502-8659. The eLibrary link on the FERC Internet Web site also provides 
access to the texts of formal documents issued by the Commission, such 
as orders, notices, and rule makings.
    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 
these documents. To learn more about eSubscription and to sign-up for 
this service please go to http://www.ferc.gov/esubscribenow.htm.

Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. E7-22021 Filed 11-8-07; 8:45 am]
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