Notice of Availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Designation of Energy Corridors in Eleven Western States and Notice of Public Hearings, 64591-64596 [07-5716]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 221 / Friday, November 16, 2007 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY [OE Docket No. EA–331] Application to Export Electric Energy; The Royal Bank of Scotland plc Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, DOE. ACTION: Notice of application. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Royal Bank of Scotland plc (RBS) has applied for authority to transmit electric energy from the United States to Mexico pursuant to section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act. DATES: Comments, protests, or requests to intervene must be submitted on or before December 17, 2007. ADDRESSES: Comments, protests, or requests to intervene should be addressed as follows: Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Mail Code: OE–20, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0350 (FAX 202– 586–5860). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Russell (Program Office) 202–586– 9624 or Michael Skinker (Program Attorney) 202–586–2793. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Exports of electricity from the United States to a foreign country are regulated by the Department of Energy (DOE) pursuant to sections 301(b) and 402(f) of the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7151(b), 7172(f)) and require authorization under section 202(e) of the FPA (16 U.S.C.824a(e)). On October 2, 2007, the Department of Energy (DOE) received an application from RBS for authority to transmit electric energy from the United States to Mexico as a power marketer. RBS has requested an electricity export authorization with a 5-year term. RBS does not own or control any generation, transmission, or distribution assets, nor does it have a franchised service area. The electric energy which RBS proposes to export to Mexico would be surplus energy purchased from electric utilities, Federal power marketing agencies, and other entities within the U.S. RBS will arrange for the delivery of exports to Mexico over the international transmission facilities owned by San Diego Gas & Electric Company, El Paso Electric Company, Central Power & Light Company, Sharyland Utilities, and Comision Federal de Electricidad, the national electric utility of Mexico. The construction, operation, maintenance, and connection of each of the international transmission facilities to be utilized by RBS has previously been authorized by a Presidential permit VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:48 Nov 15, 2007 Jkt 214001 issued pursuant to Executive Order 10485, as amended. DOE notes that RBS shall have no authority to export electricity to Mexico until the conclusion of this proceeding and the issuance of an order granting authority to export. Procedural Matters: Any person desiring to become a party to these proceedings or to be heard by filing comments or protests to this application should file a petition to intervene, comment or protest at the address provided above in accordance with §§ 385.211 or 385.214 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedures (18 CFR 385.211, 385.214). Fifteen copies of each petition and protest should be filed with DOE on or before the dates listed above. Comments on the RBS application to export electric energy to Mexico should be clearly marked with Docket No. EA– 331. Additional copies are to be filed directly with Paul Stevelman, Esq., Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel, RBS Greenwich Capital, 600 Steamboat Road, Greenwich, CT 06830 AND Brian Chisling, Esq., Senior Counsel, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, 425 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017–3954. A final decision will be made on this application after the environmental impacts have been evaluated pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and a determination is made by DOE that the proposed action will not adversely impact on the reliability of the U.S. electric power supply system. Copies of this application will be made available, upon request, for public inspection and copying at the address provided above, by accessing the program Web site at http://www.oe.energy.gov/permitting/ electricity_imports_exports.htm, or by emailing Odessa Hopkins at Odessa.hopkins@hq.doe.gov. Issued in Washington, DC, on November 9, 2007. Anthony J. Como, Director, Permitting and Siting, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. [FR Doc. E7–22434 Filed 11–15–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64591 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management Notice of Availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Designation of Energy Corridors in Eleven Western States and Notice of Public Hearings Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), Department of Energy (DOE) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Department of the Interior (DOI). ACTION: Notice of Availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Designation of Energy Corridors in Eleven Western States and Notice of Public Hearings. AGENCIES: SUMMARY: DOE and BLM of the DOI as co-lead agencies, and the U.S. Forest Service (FS) of the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Defense (DOD), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) of the DOI as cooperating Federal Agencies (the Agencies) announce the availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Designation of Energy Corridors in the 11 Western States (Draft PEIS) (DOE/EIS—0386) and the dates and locations for the public hearings to receive comments on the Draft PEIS. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe, the California Energy Commission (CEC), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the State of Wyoming, and the Lincoln, Sweetwater, and Uinta counties and conservation districts in Wyoming are also cooperating agencies. The Department of Commerce (DOC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) are consulting agencies. The Agencies prepared the Draft PEIS pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., the Council on Environmental Quality NEPA regulations, 40 CFR Parts 1500–1508, the DOE NEPA regulations, 10 CFR part 1021, and 10 CFR part 1022, Compliance with Floodplain and Wetland Environmental Review Requirements, the BLM planning regulations, 43 CFR part 1600, and applicable FS planning regulations. Section 368 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005), Public Law 109– 58, directs the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with FERC, States, tribal E:\FR\FM\16NON1.SGM 16NON1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 64592 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 221 / Friday, November 16, 2007 / Notices or local units of governments, as appropriate, affected utility industries, and other interested persons, to designate, under their respective authorities, corridors for oil, gas, and hydrogen pipelines and electricity transmission and distribution facilities on Federal land in the 11 contiguous Western States (as defined in section 103(o) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1702(o)), perform any environmental reviews that may be required to complete the designation of such corridors, and incorporate the designated corridors into relevant agency land use and resource management plans or equivalent plans. The 11 Western States are Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. DATES: The 90-day public comment period begins with the publication of the Notice of Availability of the Draft PEIS in the Federal Register by the Environmental Protection Agency and continues until February 14, 2008. See Supplementary Information section for meeting dates. ADDRESSES: See Supplementary Information section for meeting addresses. Submit electronic comments and requests to speak at one of the public meetings on-line at http:// corridoreis.anl.gov. Mail comments to: West-wide Energy Corridor Draft PEIS, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Bldg. 900, Mailstop 4, Argonne, IL 60439; or fax comments toll-free to: 1–866–542–5904. Requests to speak at one of the meetings or for more information about the Draft PEIS may also be addressed to: Ms. LaVerne Kyriss, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE–20), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585, phone: 202– 586–1056, facsimile: 202–586–8008, or electronic mail at laverne.kyriss@hq.doe.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the proposed project contact Ms. LaVerne Kyriss as indicated in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. For general information on the DOE NEPA process, contact: Carol M. Borgstrom, Director, Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance (GC–20), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585; phone: 202– 586–4600 or leave a message at 800– 472–2756; facsimile: 202–586–7031. For general information on the BLM’s NEPA process, contact: Ron Montagna, (202) 452–7782, or KateWinthrop, (202) VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:48 Nov 15, 2007 Jkt 214001 452–5051, at: BLM, WO–350, MS 1000 LS, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Agencies invite interested Members of Congress, state and local governments, other Federal agencies, American Indian tribal governments, organizations, and members of the public to provide comments on the Draft PEIS. Written and oral comments will be given equal weight, and the agencies will consider all comments received or postmarked by February 14, 2008 in preparing the Final PEIS. Comments received or postmarked after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. Public Meetings Public meeting dates and addresses are: 1. January 8, 2008, 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m., Portland, OR: Doubletree Portland Lloyd Center, 1000 North West Multnomah and Sacramento, CA: California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street. 2. January 10, 2008, 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m., Seattle, WA: Renaissance Hotel Seattle, 515 Madison Street and Ontario, CA: Ayres Hotel and Suites, Ontario Airport/Convention Center, 1945 East Holt Boulevard. 3. January 15, 2008, 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m., Phoenix, AZ: BLM Training Center, 9828 North 31st Avenue and Grand Junction, CO: Marriott Courtyard, 765 Horizon Drive. 4. January 17, 2008, 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m., Las Vegas, NV: The Atomic Testing Museum, 1755 E. Flamingo Road and Salt Lake City, UT: Airport Hilton Hotel, 5151 Wiley Post Way. 5. January 23, 2008, 2 to 5 p.m., Window Rock, AZ: Navajo Education Center, Morgan Boulevard. 6. January 24, 2008, 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m., Albuquerque, NM: Holiday Inn and Suites, 5050 Jefferson Street. 7. January 29, 2008, 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m., Helena, MT: Best Western Helena Great Northern Hotel, 835 Great Northern Boulevard and Cheyenne, WY: Best Western Hitching Post Inn and Conference Center, 1700 West Lincoln Way. 8. January 31, 2008, 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m., Boise, ID: Best Western Vista Inn and Conference Center, 2645 Airport Way and Denver, CO: Holiday Inn Cherry Creek, 455 South Colorado Boulevard. 9. February 5, 2008, 2 to 4 p.m., Washington, DC: Embassy Suites Washington Convention Center, 900 10th Street, NW. Requests to speak at a specific public hearing should be received by DOE as indicated in the ADDRESSES section no PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 later than two business days before that hearing. Requests to speak may also be made at the time of registration for the hearing(s). However, persons who have submitted advance requests to speak will be given priority if time should be limited during the hearing. Please be aware that anthrax screening delays conventional mail delivery to DOE. The Draft PEIS consists of a stand alone Summary, the PEIS Chapters (Volume 1, 567 pages), the PEIS Appendices (Volume 2, 400 pages), and Maps (Volume 3, 131 pages). The entire Draft PEIS is available online at http:// corridoreis.anl.gov or on a CD–ROM. Requests for paper copies of the Draft PEIS, or additional copies in either format should be addressed to Westwide Energy Corridor Draft PEIS, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Building 900, Mailstop 4, Argonne, IL 60439. The Draft PEIS is also available on the DOE NEPA Web site at http:// www.eh.doe.gov/nepa/docs/deis/ deis.html. The Draft PEIS Volume 3 map atlas is printed on ledger-sized paper. The CD version of the Draft PEIS includes the map atlas in PDF format. The most powerful and flexible version of the map data is available on the project Web site (http://corridoreis.anl.gov). The Web site maps are available within a geographic information system (GIS) database that allows users to merge, enlarge, and view multiple map data layers. Software and instructions to use the GIS data are user friendly and available for free download from the public Web site. The purpose and need for the Agencies’ action is to implement EPAct Section 368 by designating corridors for the preferred locations of future oil, gas, and hydrogen pipelines and electricity transmission and distribution facilities and to incorporate the designated corridors into the relevant agency land use and resource management plans or equivalent plans. Section 368 directs the Agencies to take into account the need for upgraded and new infrastructure and to take actions to improve reliability, relieve congestion, and enhance the capability of the national grid to deliver energy. This action only pertains to the designation of corridors for potential facilities on Federal lands located within the 11 Western States. In addition, this action is intended to improve coordination among the Agencies to increase the efficiency of using designated corridors. In many areas of the United States, including the West, the infrastructure required to deliver energy has not always kept pace with growth in energy E:\FR\FM\16NON1.SGM 16NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 221 / Friday, November 16, 2007 / Notices demand. The Agencies hope to improve the delivery of energy in the West, while enhancing the western electric transmission grid for the future, by establishing a coordinated network of Federal energy corridors on Federal lands in the West. The Draft PEIS analyzes the environmental impacts of designating Federal energy corridors in 11 Western States, and incorporating those designations into relevant agency land use and resource management plans or equivalent plans. The Draft PEIS analyzes two alternatives: A No Action Alternative and the Proposed Action to designate new and locally approved energy corridors (Proposed Action). Under the No Action Alternative, Federal energy corridors mandated by EPAct Section 368 would not be designated on Federal lands in the 11 Western States; the siting and development of energy transport projects would continue under current agency procedures for granting rights-of-way (ROW), for which energy transport project applicants must satisfy the often disparate requirements of multiple agencies for the same project. There would be relatively little Westwide coordination for siting and permitting these projects to meet current and future energy needs in the 11 Western States. Under the Proposed Action, the Agencies would designate and incorporate through relevant land use and resource management plans certain Federal energy corridors that would consist of existing, locally designated Federal energy corridors together with additional, newly designated energy corridors located on Federal land. These energy corridors would comprise a comprehensive, coordinated network of preferred locations for future energy 64593 projects that could be developed to satisfy demand for energy. Under the Proposed Action, approximately 6,055 miles of Federal energy corridors would be designated for multimodal energy transmission and transportation in the 11 Western States. The energy corridors would typically be 3,500 feet wide, though the width may vary in certain areas because of environmental, topographic or management constraints. BLM, DOD, FS and USFWS would amend their respective land use or equivalent plans to incorporate the designated energy corridors; the amendments would be effective upon signing of a Record(s) of Decision. The designation of energy corridors under the Proposed Action would require the amendment of the following land management or equivalent plans. LAND USE OR EQUIVALENT PLANS PROPOSED FOR AMENDMENT BY DESIGNATING EPACT SECTION 368 ENERGY CORRIDORS ON FEDERAL LANDS IN THE 11 WESTERN STATES a b c State Land use plan Agency office(s) Arizona ............... Arizona Strip RMP ................................................................... Coronado NF LRMP ................................................................ Glen Canyon NRA GMP .......................................................... Havasu NWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan .................. Kaibab NF LRMP ..................................................................... Kingman RMP .......................................................................... Lake Havasu RMP ................................................................... Lake Mead NRA GMP ............................................................. Lower Gila North MFP ............................................................. Lower Gila South RMP ............................................................ Phoenix RMP ........................................................................... Prescott NF LRMP ................................................................... Safford RMP ............................................................................. Apache-Sitgreaves NF LRMP .................................................. Tonto NF LRMP ....................................................................... Yuma Proving Ground INRMP ................................................. Yuma RMP ............................................................................... Alturas RMP ............................................................................. Angeles NF LRMP ................................................................... Arcata RMP .............................................................................. Bishop RMP ............................................................................. Caliente RMP ........................................................................... California Desert Conservation Area Plan ............................... BLM, Arizona Strip FO. FS, Coronado NF. NPS, Glen Canyon NRA. USFWS, Lake Havasu NWR. FS, Kaibab NF. BLM, Kingman FO, Lake Havasu FO. BLM, Lake Havasu FO. NPS, Lake Mead NRA. BLM, Hassayampa FO. BLM, Hassayampa FO, Lower Sonoran FO. BLM, Tucson FO, Hassayampa FO, Lower Sonoran FO. FS, Prescott NF. BLM, Safford FO, Tucson FO. FS, Apache-Sitgreaves NF. FS, Tonto NF. DOD, U.S. Army, Yuma Proving Ground. BLM, Yuma FO. BLM, Alturas FO. FS, Angeles NF. BLM, Arcata FO. BLM, Bishop FO. BLM, Bakersfield FO, Bishop FO, Ridgecrest FO. BLM, Barstow FO, El Centro FO, Lake Havasu FO, Needles FO, Ridgecrest FO, Palm Springs-South Coast FO. BLM, Eagle Lake FO. DOD, U.S. Navy, China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station. FS, Cleveland NF. BLM, El Centro FO. USFWS, Lake Havasu NWR. BLM, El Centro FO. FS, Inyo NF. FS, Klamath NF. FS, Lassen NF. FS, Modoc NF. BLM, Alturas FO. BLM, Redding FO. FS, San Bernadino NF. FS, Shasta-Trinity NF. BLM, Folsom FO. FS, Six Rivers NF. BLM, Palm Springs-South Coast FO. FS, Tahoe NF. BLM, Surprise FO. BLM, Ukiah FO. FS, Arapaho-Roosevelt NF. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES California ............ Colorado ............. VerDate Aug<31>2005 Proposed Eagle Lake RMP ..................................................... China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station INRMP ..................... Cleveland NF LRMP ................................................................ Eastern San Diego RMP .......................................................... Havasu NWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan .................. Imperial Sand Dunes RAMP .................................................... Inyo NF LRMP ......................................................................... Klamath NF LRMP ................................................................... Lassen NF LRMP ..................................................................... Modoc NF LRMP ..................................................................... Proposed Alturas RMP ............................................................ Redding RMP ........................................................................... San Bernadino NF LRMP ........................................................ Shasta-Trinity NF LRMP .......................................................... Proposed Sierra RMP .............................................................. Six Rivers NF LRMP ................................................................ South Coast RMP .................................................................... Tahoe NF LRMP ...................................................................... Proposed Surprise RMP .......................................................... Ukiah RMP ............................................................................... Arapaho-Roosevelt NF LRMP ................................................. 21:48 Nov 15, 2007 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\16NON1.SGM 16NON1 64594 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 221 / Friday, November 16, 2007 / Notices LAND USE OR EQUIVALENT PLANS PROPOSED FOR AMENDMENT BY DESIGNATING EPACT SECTION 368 ENERGY CORRIDORS ON FEDERAL LANDS IN THE 11 WESTERN STATES a b c—Continued State Land use plan Idaho .................. Montana ............. Nevada ............... New Mexico ....... mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Oregon ............... VerDate Aug<31>2005 Agency office(s) Glenwood Springs RMP ........................................................... Grand Junction RMP ................................................................ Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison NF LRMP .................... Gunnison RMP ......................................................................... Kremmling RMP ....................................................................... Little Snake RMP ..................................................................... Curecanti NCA GMP ................................................................ Routt NF LRMP ........................................................................ Royal Gorge RMP .................................................................... Pike-San Isabel NF LRMP ....................................................... San Juan NF LRMP ................................................................. San Juan/San Miguel RMP ...................................................... Uncompahgre Basin RMP ....................................................... White River RMP ..................................................................... Big Desert MFP ........................................................................ Bruneau MFP ........................................................................... Cassia RMP ............................................................................. Coeur d’Alene RMP ................................................................. Idaho Panhandle NF LRMP ..................................................... Jarbidge RMP .......................................................................... Kuna MFP ................................................................................ Little Lost-Birch Creek MFP ..................................................... Malad MFP ............................................................................... Medicine Lodge RMP ............................................................... Monument RMP ....................................................................... Pocatello RMP ......................................................................... Owyhee RMP ........................................................................... Caribou-Targhee NF LRMP ..................................................... Twin Falls MFP ........................................................................ Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF LRMP ........................................... Billings RMP ............................................................................. Dillon RMP ............................................................................... Garnet RMP ............................................................................. Headwaters RMP ..................................................................... Lolo NF LRMP ......................................................................... Black Rock-High Rock NCA RMP ........................................... Caliente MFP ........................................................................... Desert NWR CC Conservation Plan ........................................ Egan RMP ................................................................................ Elko RMP ................................................................................. Hawthorne Army Depot INRMP ............................................... Humboldt-Toiyabe NF LRMP ................................................... Carson City Field Office Consolidated Resource Management Plan. Lake Mead NRA GMP ............................................................. Las Vegas RMP ....................................................................... Nellis AFB Plan 126–4 INRMP ................................................ Paradise-Denio MFP ................................................................ Schell MFP ............................................................................... Sonoma Gerlach MFP ............................................................. Tonopah RMP .......................................................................... Tuledad/Homecamp MFP ........................................................ Wells RMP ............................................................................... Carlsbad RMP .......................................................................... Farmington RMP ...................................................................... Fort Bliss INRMP ..................................................................... Mimbres RMP .......................................................................... Rio Puerco RMP ...................................................................... Roswell RMP ............................................................................ Sevilleta NWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan ................. Socorro RMP ............................................................................ White Sands RMP .................................................................... Andrews-Steens RMP .............................................................. Baker RMP ............................................................................... Brothers-Lapine RMP ............................................................... Ochocco NF LRMP .................................................................. Deschutes NF LRMP ............................................................... Eugene RMP ............................................................................ Fremont NF LRMP ................................................................... Klamath Falls RMP .................................................................. Klamath NF LRMP ................................................................... 21:48 Nov 15, 2007 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 BLM, Glenwood Springs FO. BLM, Grand Junction FO. FS, Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison NF. BLM, Gunnison FO. BLM, Kremmling FO. BLM, Little Snake FO. NPS, Curecanti NRA. FS, Medicine Bow and Routt NF, Thunder Basin NG. BLM, Royal Gorge FO. FS, Pike-San Isabel NF. FS, San Juan NF. BLM, Dolores FO, Uncompahgre FO. BLM, Uncompahgre FO. BLM, White River FO. BLM, Upper Snake FO. BLM, Bruneau FO. BLM, Burley FO. BLM, Coeur d’Alene FO. FS, Idaho Panhandle NF. BLM, Bruneau FO, Four Rivers FO, Jarbridge FO. BLM, Four Rivers FO. BLM, Upper Snake FO. BLM, Pocatello FO. BLM, Upper Snake FO. BLM, Burley FO, Shoshone FO. BLM, Pocatello FO. BLM, Four Rivers FO, Owyhee FO. FS, Caribou-Targhee NF. BLM, Burley FO. FS, Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF. BLM, Billings FO. BLM, Dillon FO. BLM, Missoula FO. BLM, Butte FO. FS, Lolo NF. BLM, Winnemucca FO. BLM, Ely FO. USFWS, Desert NWR. BLM, Ely FO. BLM, Elko FO. DOD, U.S. Army, Hawthorne AD. FS, Humboldt-Toiyabe NF. BLM, Carson City FO. NPS, Lake Mead NRA. BLM, Las Vegas FO. DOD, U.S. Air Force, Nellis AFB. BLM, Winnemucca FO. BLM, Ely FO. BLM, Winnemucca FO. BLM, Battle Mountain FO. BLM, Surprise FO. BLM, Elko FO. BLM, Carlsbad FO. BLM, Farmington FO. DOD, U.S. Army, Fort Bliss. BLM, Las Cruces DO. BLM, Rio Puerco FO. BLM, Roswell FO. USFWS, Sevilletta NWR. BLM, Socoro FO. BLM, Las Cruces DO. BLM, Andrews FO. BLM, Baker FO. BLM, Central Oregon FO, Deschutes FO. FS, Ochocco NF. FS, Deschutes NF. BLM, Upper Willamette FO. FS, Winema-Fremont NFs. BLM, Klamath Falls FO. FS, Klamath NF. E:\FR\FM\16NON1.SGM 16NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 221 / Friday, November 16, 2007 / Notices 64595 LAND USE OR EQUIVALENT PLANS PROPOSED FOR AMENDMENT BY DESIGNATING EPACT SECTION 368 ENERGY CORRIDORS ON FEDERAL LANDS IN THE 11 WESTERN STATES a b c—Continued State Land use plan Utah .................... Washington ........ Wyoming ............ Agency office(s) Lakeview RMP ......................................................................... Medford RMP ........................................................................... Mt. Hood NF LRMP ................................................................. Roseburg RMP ......................................................................... Salem RMP .............................................................................. Southeastern Oregon RMP ...................................................... Three Rivers RMP ................................................................... Two Rivers RMP ...................................................................... Umatilla NF LRMP ................................................................... Upper Deschutes RMP ............................................................ Winema NF LRMP ................................................................... Ashley NF LRMP ..................................................................... Beaver RMP ............................................................................. CBGA ....................................................................................... Book Cliffs RMP ....................................................................... Wasatch-Cache NF LRMP ....................................................... Diamond Mountain RMP .......................................................... Dixie NF LRMP ........................................................................ Fishlake NF LRMP ................................................................... Grand RMP .............................................................................. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Management Plan. House Range RMP .................................................................. Mountain Valley MFP ............................................................... Paria MFP ................................................................................ Pinyon MFP .............................................................................. Pony Express RMP .................................................................. Price River RMP ...................................................................... San Juan RMP ......................................................................... St. George (Dixie) RMP ........................................................... Uinta NF LRMP ........................................................................ Vermillion MFP ......................................................................... Warm Springs RMP ................................................................. Zion MFP .................................................................................. Mount Baker-Snoqualmie NF LRMP ....................................... Spokane RMP .......................................................................... Wenatchee NF LRMP .............................................................. Ashley NF LRMP ..................................................................... Cody RMP ................................................................................ Grass Creek RMP .................................................................... Great Divide RMP .................................................................... Green River RMP ..................................................................... Kemmerer RMP ....................................................................... Lander RMP ............................................................................. Thunder Basin National Grassland LRMP ............................... Platte River RMP ..................................................................... Washakie RMP ........................................................................ BLM, Lakeview FO. BLM, Ashland FO, Butte Falls FO, Glendale FO. FS, Mt. Hood NF. BLM, South River FO, Swiftwater FO, Upper Willamette FO. BLM, Cascades FO, Tillamook FO. BLM, Jordan FO, Malheur FO. BLM, Three Rivers FO. BLM, Deschutes FO. FS, Umatilla NF. BLM, Deschutes FO. FS, Winema-Fremont NFs. FS, Ashley NF. BLM, Kanab FO. BLM, Cedar City FO. BLM, Vernal FO. FS, Wasatch-Cache NF. BLM, Vernal FO. FS, Dixie NF. FS, Fishlake NF. BLM, Moab FO. BLM, Grand Staircase-Escalante NM FO. BLM, Fillmore FO. BLM, Richfield FO. BLM, Kanab FO. BLM, Cedar City FO. BLM, Salt Lake FO. BLM, Price FO. BLM, Moab FO, Monticello FO. BLM, St. George FO. FS, Uinta NF. BLM, Kanab FO. BLM, Fillmore FO. BLM, Kanab FO. FS, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie NF. BLM, Wenatchee FO. FS, Wenatchee NF. FS, Ashley NF. BLM, Cody FO. BLM, Worland FO. BLM, Rawlins FO. BLM, Rock Springs FO. BLM, Kemmerer FO. BLM, Lander FO. FS, Medicine Bow and Routt NF, Thunder Basin NG. BLM, Casper FO. BLM, Worland FO. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES a AFB = Air Force Base; BLM = Bureau of Land Management; CBGA = Cedar-Beaver-Garfield-Antimony; CCCP = Complex Comprehensive Conservation Plan; DO = district office; DOD = Department of Defense; FO = field office; FS = Forest Service; GMP = General Management Plan; INRMP = Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan; LMP = Land Management Plan; LRMP = Land and Resource Management Plan; MFP = Management Framework Plan; NCA = National Conservation Area; NF = National Forest; NM = National Monument; NG = National Grassland; NPS = National Park Service; NRA = National Recreation Area; NWR = National Wildlife Refuge; RAMP= Recreation Area Management Plan; RFP= Revised Forest Plan, RMP = Resource Management Plan; USFWS = U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. b This list represents the most current plans. This list differs in some particulars from the list in the Draft PEIS, Vol. 2, which went to print prior to these changes. Since planning is dynamic and there may also be further changes in the locations of specific corridors, the Final PEIS may also include changes in this list. c The PEIS identifies corridors through three national wildlife refuges, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Development on these refuges may only occur if the specific proposed project is determined to be compatible with refuge purposes and the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Existing refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan(s) may require amendment should a specific project be found compatible, and subsequent right-of-way permitting by the USFWS occur. In addition to designating Federal energy corridors through these amendments, the Agencies would establish cooperative procedures to expedite the application process for energy projects proposed to be sited within these corridors. VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:48 Nov 15, 2007 Jkt 214001 Under the No Action Alternative, no Federal energy corridors would be designated pursuant to Section 368. The No Action alternative represents the status quo. Siting and development would continue, likely without coordination among the Agencies, under each agency’s procedures for granting PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ROW. It would be incorrect to assume that the No Action Alternative signifies that there will be no groundbreaking for energy projects at some point in the future. Neither alternative authorizes sitespecific energy transport projects. The Draft PEIS does not examine the E:\FR\FM\16NON1.SGM 16NON1 64596 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 221 / Friday, November 16, 2007 / Notices environmental impacts of specific projects or related ROW that may or may not at some point be proposed for the Federal energy corridors. These projects would be subject to individual, project-specific NEPA review at the siting stage. Although actual environmental impacts must inevitably await proposals before being analyzed, the Agencies are preparing a PEIS at the designation stage because they believe it is an appropriate time to examine the region-wide environmental concerns. The Agencies expect that the PEIS will greatly assist subsequent, site-specific analyses for individual project proposals by allowing the Agencies to incorporate this PEIS into those later analyses. Availability of the Draft PEIS The Agencies distributed copies of the Draft PEIS to appropriate members of Congress, state and local government officials in the 11 Western States, American Indian tribal governments, and other Federal agencies, groups, and interested parties. Copies of the document may be obtained online at the project Web site or by contacting DOE as provided in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Copies of the Draft PEIS are also available for inspection at the Agencies’ affected field office locations (see list above) within the 11 Western States and at public libraries near public meeting locations. A list of these libraries is available on the project Web site. Issued in Washington, DC, on October 24, 2007. Michael D. Nedd, Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior. Issued in Washington, DC, on October 30, 2007. Kevin M. Kolevar, Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Department of Energy. [FR Doc. 07–5716 Filed 11–15–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Docket No. CP08–13–000; Docket No. PF07– 3–000 Floridian Natural Gas Storage Company, LLC; Notice of Application November 8, 2007. Take notice that on October 31, 2007, Floridian Natural Gas Storage Company, LLC (FGS), 1000 Louisiana Street, Suite VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:48 Nov 15, 2007 Jkt 214001 4361, Houston, Texas 77002, filed an abbreviated application pursuant to section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and Parts 157 and 284 of the Commission’s regulations, for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct and operate the Floridian Natural Gas Storage Project in Martin County, Florida; a blanket certificate to perform certain routine activities and operations; and a blanket certificate to provide open access storage services, all as more fully set forth in the application. This filing 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, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free at (866) 208–3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. FGS requests authorization to: (1) Construct, operate a natural gas storage facility in Martin County, Florida; (2) a blanket certificate pursuant to Subpart G of Part 284 that will permit FGS to provide open-access firm and interruptible natural gas storage services on behalf of others in interstate commerce; (3) a blanket certificate pursuant to Subpart F Part 157 that will permit FGS to perform certain routine activities and operations; (4) authorization to provide the proposed storage services at market-based rates; and (5) approval of a pro forma FERC Gas Tariff, under which FGS will provide open-access gas storage services in interstate commerce. FGS states that the project would be located on approximately 145 acres at the site of the former Florida Steel manufacturing facility, about two miles north of Indiantown in Martin County, Florida. FGS states that the project would include the initial construction of one nominal 190,000 m3 liquified natural gas storage tank, liquefaction systems, vaporization systems and two parallel pipelines, one to receive gas and one to send out gas, both approximately four miles in length, that would connect the facility with the regional gas infrastructure, via an interconnection with Gulfstream Natural Gas System, L.L.C. and the Florida Power and Light Company 20inch lateral that connects to Florida Gas Transmission Company’s mainline system. FGS proposes to construct the project in two phases. It is stated that upon planned commercial operation in late May 2011, Phase I of the project would PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 make available liquefied natural gas storage capacity of 4 Bcf, with a design sendout capacity of 400 MMscf/d and a design liquefaction rate of 50 MMscf/d. It is stated that Phase 2 of the project would involve the construction of a second, identical storage tank and additional liquefaction and vaporization capacity and commercial operation is anticipated no later than March 2016, but may be advanced to such earlier date as the market may require. FGS requests that the Commission waive the requirements of (i) section 284.7(d)—the segmentation requirement; (ii) section 284.7(e) and 284.10 which impose requirements relating to the design of rates that are not applicable to market-based rates; (iii) section 260.2 and Part 201 concerning accounting and reporting requirements which are appropriate for a cost-of-service rate structure; (iv) partial waiver of section 284.12(a)(1)(iv) to the extent it requires compliance with the electronic data interchange standards established by NAESB; (v) exemption from Order Nos. 587–G and 587–L regarding the netting and trading of imbalances; (vi) the requirements of Part 358 concerning Standards of Conduct for transmission providers; and (vii) the ‘‘shipper must have title’’ policy for off-system capacity. In addition, FGS requests that the Commission waive the requirement to file Exhibits K, L, N and O because FGS is seeking authority to charge marketbased rates, and Exhibit H because FGS’s customers are responsible for their own gas. Also, FGS requests that the Commission waive the requirements of section 157.6(b)(8) and 157.20(c)(3) for projected cost-of-service data in advance of a Commission determination of appropriate rate treatment and updated cost data after new facilities are placed in service; and section 157.6(a)(3)(i) concerning the filing of certain exhibits in electronic format. Any initial questions regarding FGS’s proposal in this application should be directed to Joan M. Darby, Dickstein Shapiro LLP, 1825 Eye Street, NW., Washington, DC 20006, telephone: (202) 420–2200 or e-mail: darby@dicksteinshapiro.com or J. Bradley Williams, Floridian Natural Gas Storage Company, LLC, 1000 Louisiana Street, Suite 4361, Houston, Texas 77002, telephone: (800) 621–6843. On January 10, 2007, the Commission staff granted FGS’s request to utilize the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Pre-Filing Process and assigned Docket No. PF07–3–000 to staff activities involving the project. Now, as of the filing of this application on October 31, 2007, the NEPA Pre-Filing E:\FR\FM\16NON1.SGM 16NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management


Notice of Availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental 
Impact Statement for the Designation of Energy Corridors in Eleven 
Western States and Notice of Public Hearings

AGENCIES: Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), 
Department of Energy (DOE) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), 
Department of the Interior (DOI).

ACTION: Notice of Availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental 
Impact Statement for the Designation of Energy Corridors in Eleven 
Western States and Notice of Public Hearings.

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SUMMARY: DOE and BLM of the DOI as co-lead agencies, and the U.S. 
Forest Service (FS) of the Department of Agriculture, the Department of 
Defense (DOD), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) of the 
DOI as cooperating Federal Agencies (the Agencies) announce the 
availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement 
for the Designation of Energy Corridors in the 11 Western States (Draft 
PEIS) (DOE/EIS--0386) and the dates and locations for the public 
hearings to receive comments on the Draft PEIS.
    The Coeur d'Alene Tribe, the California Energy Commission (CEC), 
the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the State of 
Wyoming, and the Lincoln, Sweetwater, and Uinta counties and 
conservation districts in Wyoming are also cooperating agencies. The 
Department of Commerce (DOC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission (FERC) are consulting agencies.
    The Agencies prepared the Draft PEIS pursuant to the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et 
seq., the Council on Environmental Quality NEPA regulations, 40 CFR 
Parts 1500-1508, the DOE NEPA regulations, 10 CFR part 1021, and 10 CFR 
part 1022, Compliance with Floodplain and Wetland Environmental Review 
Requirements, the BLM planning regulations, 43 CFR part 1600, and 
applicable FS planning regulations.
    Section 368 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005), Public 
Law 109-58, directs the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of 
Commerce, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Energy and the 
Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with FERC, States, tribal

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or local units of governments, as appropriate, affected utility 
industries, and other interested persons, to designate, under their 
respective authorities, corridors for oil, gas, and hydrogen pipelines 
and electricity transmission and distribution facilities on Federal 
land in the 11 contiguous Western States (as defined in section 103(o) 
of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 
1702(o)), perform any environmental reviews that may be required to 
complete the designation of such corridors, and incorporate the 
designated corridors into relevant agency land use and resource 
management plans or equivalent plans.
    The 11 Western States are Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, 
Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

DATES: The 90-day public comment period begins with the publication of 
the Notice of Availability of the Draft PEIS in the Federal Register by 
the Environmental Protection Agency and continues until February 14, 
2008. See Supplementary Information section for meeting dates.

ADDRESSES: See Supplementary Information section for meeting addresses. 
Submit electronic comments and requests to speak at one of the public 
meetings on-line at http://corridoreis.anl.gov. Mail comments to: West-
wide Energy Corridor Draft PEIS, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. 
Cass Avenue, Bldg. 900, Mailstop 4, Argonne, IL 60439; or fax comments 
toll-free to: 1-866-542-5904. Requests to speak at one of the meetings 
or for more information about the Draft PEIS may also be addressed to: 
Ms. LaVerne Kyriss, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy 
Reliability (OE-20), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence 
Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585, phone: 202-586-1056, facsimile: 202-
586-8008, or electronic mail at laverne.kyriss@hq.doe.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the proposed 
project contact Ms. LaVerne Kyriss as indicated in the ADDRESSES 
section of this notice.
    For general information on the DOE NEPA process, contact: Carol M. 
Borgstrom, Director, Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance (GC-20), U.S. 
Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 
20585; phone: 202-586-4600 or leave a message at 800-472-2756; 
facsimile: 202-586-7031.
    For general information on the BLM's NEPA process, contact: Ron 
Montagna, (202) 452-7782, or KateWinthrop, (202) 452-5051, at: BLM, WO-
350, MS 1000 LS, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Agencies invite interested Members of 
Congress, state and local governments, other Federal agencies, American 
Indian tribal governments, organizations, and members of the public to 
provide comments on the Draft PEIS. Written and oral comments will be 
given equal weight, and the agencies will consider all comments 
received or postmarked by February 14, 2008 in preparing the Final 
PEIS. Comments received or postmarked after that date will be 
considered to the extent practicable.

Public Meetings

    Public meeting dates and addresses are:
    1. January 8, 2008, 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m., Portland, OR: 
Doubletree Portland Lloyd Center, 1000 North West Multnomah and 
Sacramento, CA: California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street.
    2. January 10, 2008, 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m., Seattle, WA: 
Renaissance Hotel Seattle, 515 Madison Street and Ontario, CA: Ayres 
Hotel and Suites, Ontario Airport/Convention Center, 1945 East Holt 
Boulevard.
    3. January 15, 2008, 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m., Phoenix, AZ: BLM 
Training Center, 9828 North 31st Avenue and Grand Junction, CO: 
Marriott Courtyard, 765 Horizon Drive.
    4. January 17, 2008, 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m., Las Vegas, NV: The 
Atomic Testing Museum, 1755 E. Flamingo Road and Salt Lake City, UT: 
Airport Hilton Hotel, 5151 Wiley Post Way.
    5. January 23, 2008, 2 to 5 p.m., Window Rock, AZ: Navajo Education 
Center, Morgan Boulevard.
    6. January 24, 2008, 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m., Albuquerque, NM: 
Holiday Inn and Suites, 5050 Jefferson Street.
    7. January 29, 2008, 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m., Helena, MT: Best 
Western Helena Great Northern Hotel, 835 Great Northern Boulevard and 
Cheyenne, WY: Best Western Hitching Post Inn and Conference Center, 
1700 West Lincoln Way.
    8. January 31, 2008, 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m., Boise, ID: Best 
Western Vista Inn and Conference Center, 2645 Airport Way and Denver, 
CO: Holiday Inn Cherry Creek, 455 South Colorado Boulevard.
    9. February 5, 2008, 2 to 4 p.m., Washington, DC: Embassy Suites 
Washington Convention Center, 900 10th Street, NW.
    Requests to speak at a specific public hearing should be received 
by DOE as indicated in the ADDRESSES section no later than two business 
days before that hearing. Requests to speak may also be made at the 
time of registration for the hearing(s). However, persons who have 
submitted advance requests to speak will be given priority if time 
should be limited during the hearing. Please be aware that anthrax 
screening delays conventional mail delivery to DOE.
    The Draft PEIS consists of a stand alone Summary, the PEIS Chapters 
(Volume 1, 567 pages), the PEIS Appendices (Volume 2, 400 pages), and 
Maps (Volume 3, 131 pages). The entire Draft PEIS is available online 
at http://corridoreis.anl.gov or on a CD-ROM. Requests for paper copies 
of the Draft PEIS, or additional copies in either format should be 
addressed to West-wide Energy Corridor Draft PEIS, 9700 South Cass 
Avenue, Building 900, Mailstop 4, Argonne, IL 60439. The Draft PEIS is 
also available on the DOE NEPA Web site at http://www.eh.doe.gov/nepa/
docs/deis/deis.html.
    The Draft PEIS Volume 3 map atlas is printed on ledger-sized paper. 
The CD version of the Draft PEIS includes the map atlas in PDF format. 
The most powerful and flexible version of the map data is available on 
the project Web site (http://corridoreis.anl.gov). The Web site maps 
are available within a geographic information system (GIS) database 
that allows users to merge, enlarge, and view multiple map data layers. 
Software and instructions to use the GIS data are user friendly and 
available for free download from the public Web site.
    The purpose and need for the Agencies' action is to implement EPAct 
Section 368 by designating corridors for the preferred locations of 
future oil, gas, and hydrogen pipelines and electricity transmission 
and distribution facilities and to incorporate the designated corridors 
into the relevant agency land use and resource management plans or 
equivalent plans.
    Section 368 directs the Agencies to take into account the need for 
upgraded and new infrastructure and to take actions to improve 
reliability, relieve congestion, and enhance the capability of the 
national grid to deliver energy. This action only pertains to the 
designation of corridors for potential facilities on Federal lands 
located within the 11 Western States. In addition, this action is 
intended to improve coordination among the Agencies to increase the 
efficiency of using designated corridors.
    In many areas of the United States, including the West, the 
infrastructure required to deliver energy has not always kept pace with 
growth in energy

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demand. The Agencies hope to improve the delivery of energy in the 
West, while enhancing the western electric transmission grid for the 
future, by establishing a coordinated network of Federal energy 
corridors on Federal lands in the West. The Draft PEIS analyzes the 
environmental impacts of designating Federal energy corridors in 11 
Western States, and incorporating those designations into relevant 
agency land use and resource management plans or equivalent plans.
    The Draft PEIS analyzes two alternatives: A No Action Alternative 
and the Proposed Action to designate new and locally approved energy 
corridors (Proposed Action). Under the No Action Alternative, Federal 
energy corridors mandated by EPAct Section 368 would not be designated 
on Federal lands in the 11 Western States; the siting and development 
of energy transport projects would continue under current agency 
procedures for granting rights-of-way (ROW), for which energy transport 
project applicants must satisfy the often disparate requirements of 
multiple agencies for the same project. There would be relatively 
little West-wide coordination for siting and permitting these projects 
to meet current and future energy needs in the 11 Western States.
    Under the Proposed Action, the Agencies would designate and 
incorporate through relevant land use and resource management plans 
certain Federal energy corridors that would consist of existing, 
locally designated Federal energy corridors together with additional, 
newly designated energy corridors located on Federal land. These energy 
corridors would comprise a comprehensive, coordinated network of 
preferred locations for future energy projects that could be developed 
to satisfy demand for energy. Under the Proposed Action, approximately 
6,055 miles of Federal energy corridors would be designated for 
multimodal energy transmission and transportation in the 11 Western 
States. The energy corridors would typically be 3,500 feet wide, though 
the width may vary in certain areas because of environmental, 
topographic or management constraints. BLM, DOD, FS and USFWS would 
amend their respective land use or equivalent plans to incorporate the 
designated energy corridors; the amendments would be effective upon 
signing of a Record(s) of Decision. The designation of energy corridors 
under the Proposed Action would require the amendment of the following 
land management or equivalent plans.

Land Use or Equivalent Plans Proposed for Amendment by Designating EPAct
 Section 368 Energy Corridors on Federal Lands in the 11 Western States
                               \a\ \b\ \c\
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         State                Land use plan          Agency office(s)
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Arizona................  Arizona Strip RMP......  BLM, Arizona Strip FO.
                         Coronado NF LRMP.......  FS, Coronado NF.
                         Glen Canyon NRA GMP....  NPS, Glen Canyon NRA.
                         Havasu NWR               USFWS, Lake Havasu
                          Comprehensive            NWR.
                          Conservation Plan.
                         Kaibab NF LRMP.........  FS, Kaibab NF.
                         Kingman RMP............  BLM, Kingman FO, Lake
                                                   Havasu FO.
                         Lake Havasu RMP........  BLM, Lake Havasu FO.
                         Lake Mead NRA GMP......  NPS, Lake Mead NRA.
                         Lower Gila North MFP...  BLM, Hassayampa FO.
                         Lower Gila South RMP...  BLM, Hassayampa FO,
                                                   Lower Sonoran FO.
                         Phoenix RMP............  BLM, Tucson FO,
                                                   Hassayampa FO, Lower
                                                   Sonoran FO.
                         Prescott NF LRMP.......  FS, Prescott NF.
                         Safford RMP............  BLM, Safford FO,
                                                   Tucson FO.
                         Apache-Sitgreaves NF     FS, Apache-Sitgreaves
                          LRMP.                    NF.
                         Tonto NF LRMP..........  FS, Tonto NF.
                         Yuma Proving Ground      DOD, U.S. Army, Yuma
                          INRMP.                   Proving Ground.
                         Yuma RMP...............  BLM, Yuma FO.
California.............  Alturas RMP............  BLM, Alturas FO.
                         Angeles NF LRMP........  FS, Angeles NF.
                         Arcata RMP.............  BLM, Arcata FO.
                         Bishop RMP.............  BLM, Bishop FO.
                         Caliente RMP...........  BLM, Bakersfield FO,
                                                   Bishop FO, Ridgecrest
                                                   FO.
                         California Desert        BLM, Barstow FO, El
                          Conservation Area Plan.  Centro FO, Lake
                                                   Havasu FO, Needles
                                                   FO, Ridgecrest FO,
                                                   Palm Springs-South
                                                   Coast FO.
                         Proposed Eagle Lake RMP  BLM, Eagle Lake FO.
                         China Lake Naval Air     DOD, U.S. Navy, China
                          Weapons Station INRMP.   Lake Naval Air
                                                   Weapons Station.
                         Cleveland NF LRMP......  FS, Cleveland NF.
                         Eastern San Diego RMP..  BLM, El Centro FO.
                         Havasu NWR               USFWS, Lake Havasu
                          Comprehensive            NWR.
                          Conservation Plan.
                         Imperial Sand Dunes      BLM, El Centro FO.
                          RAMP.
                         Inyo NF LRMP...........  FS, Inyo NF.
                         Klamath NF LRMP........  FS, Klamath NF.
                         Lassen NF LRMP.........  FS, Lassen NF.
                         Modoc NF LRMP..........  FS, Modoc NF.
                         Proposed Alturas RMP...  BLM, Alturas FO.
                         Redding RMP............  BLM, Redding FO.
                         San Bernadino NF LRMP..  FS, San Bernadino NF.
                         Shasta-Trinity NF LRMP.  FS, Shasta-Trinity NF.
                         Proposed Sierra RMP....  BLM, Folsom FO.
                         Six Rivers NF LRMP.....  FS, Six Rivers NF.
                         South Coast RMP........  BLM, Palm Springs-
                                                   South Coast FO.
                         Tahoe NF LRMP..........  FS, Tahoe NF.
                         Proposed Surprise RMP..  BLM, Surprise FO.
                         Ukiah RMP..............  BLM, Ukiah FO.
Colorado...............  Arapaho-Roosevelt NF     FS, Arapaho-Roosevelt
                          LRMP.                    NF.

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                         Glenwood Springs RMP...  BLM, Glenwood Springs
                                                   FO.
                         Grand Junction RMP.....  BLM, Grand Junction
                                                   FO.
                         Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-  FS, Grand Mesa-
                          Gunnison NF LRMP.        Uncompahgre-Gunnison
                                                   NF.
                         Gunnison RMP...........  BLM, Gunnison FO.
                         Kremmling RMP..........  BLM, Kremmling FO.
                         Little Snake RMP.......  BLM, Little Snake FO.
                         Curecanti NCA GMP......  NPS, Curecanti NRA.
                         Routt NF LRMP..........  FS, Medicine Bow and
                                                   Routt NF, Thunder
                                                   Basin NG.
                         Royal Gorge RMP........  BLM, Royal Gorge FO.
                         Pike-San Isabel NF LRMP  FS, Pike-San Isabel
                                                   NF.
                         San Juan NF LRMP.......  FS, San Juan NF.
                         San Juan/San Miguel RMP  BLM, Dolores FO,
                                                   Uncompahgre FO.
                         Uncompahgre Basin RMP..  BLM, Uncompahgre FO.
                         White River RMP........  BLM, White River FO.
Idaho..................  Big Desert MFP.........  BLM, Upper Snake FO.
                         Bruneau MFP............  BLM, Bruneau FO.
                         Cassia RMP.............  BLM, Burley FO.
                         Coeur d'Alene RMP......  BLM, Coeur d'Alene FO.
                         Idaho Panhandle NF LRMP  FS, Idaho Panhandle
                                                   NF.
                         Jarbidge RMP...........  BLM, Bruneau FO, Four
                                                   Rivers FO, Jarbridge
                                                   FO.
                         Kuna MFP...............  BLM, Four Rivers FO.
                         Little Lost-Birch Creek  BLM, Upper Snake FO.
                          MFP.
                         Malad MFP..............  BLM, Pocatello FO.
                         Medicine Lodge RMP.....  BLM, Upper Snake FO.
                         Monument RMP...........  BLM, Burley FO,
                                                   Shoshone FO.
                         Pocatello RMP..........  BLM, Pocatello FO.
                         Owyhee RMP.............  BLM, Four Rivers FO,
                                                   Owyhee FO.
                         Caribou-Targhee NF LRMP  FS, Caribou-Targhee
                                                   NF.
                         Twin Falls MFP.........  BLM, Burley FO.
Montana................  Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF  FS, Beaverhead-
                          LRMP.                    Deerlodge NF.
                         Billings RMP...........  BLM, Billings FO.
                         Dillon RMP.............  BLM, Dillon FO.
                         Garnet RMP.............  BLM, Missoula FO.
                         Headwaters RMP.........  BLM, Butte FO.
                         Lolo NF LRMP...........  FS, Lolo NF.
Nevada.................  Black Rock-High Rock     BLM, Winnemucca FO.
                          NCA RMP.
                         Caliente MFP...........  BLM, Ely FO.
                         Desert NWR CC            USFWS, Desert NWR.
                          Conservation Plan.
                         Egan RMP...............  BLM, Ely FO.
                         Elko RMP...............  BLM, Elko FO.
                         Hawthorne Army Depot     DOD, U.S. Army,
                          INRMP.                   Hawthorne AD.
                         Humboldt-Toiyabe NF      FS, Humboldt-Toiyabe
                          LRMP.                    NF.
                         Carson City Field        BLM, Carson City FO.
                          Office Consolidated
                          Resource Management
                          Plan.
                         Lake Mead NRA GMP......  NPS, Lake Mead NRA.
                         Las Vegas RMP..........  BLM, Las Vegas FO.
                         Nellis AFB Plan 126-4    DOD, U.S. Air Force,
                          INRMP.                   Nellis AFB.
                         Paradise-Denio MFP.....  BLM, Winnemucca FO.
                         Schell MFP.............  BLM, Ely FO.
                         Sonoma Gerlach MFP.....  BLM, Winnemucca FO.
                         Tonopah RMP............  BLM, Battle Mountain
                                                   FO.
                         Tuledad/Homecamp MFP...  BLM, Surprise FO.
                         Wells RMP..............  BLM, Elko FO.
New Mexico.............  Carlsbad RMP...........  BLM, Carlsbad FO.
                         Farmington RMP.........  BLM, Farmington FO.
                         Fort Bliss INRMP.......  DOD, U.S. Army, Fort
                                                   Bliss.
                         Mimbres RMP............  BLM, Las Cruces DO.
                         Rio Puerco RMP.........  BLM, Rio Puerco FO.
                         Roswell RMP............  BLM, Roswell FO.
                         Sevilleta NWR            USFWS, Sevilletta NWR.
                          Comprehensive
                          Conservation Plan.
                         Socorro RMP............  BLM, Socoro FO.
                         White Sands RMP........  BLM, Las Cruces DO.
Oregon.................  Andrews-Steens RMP.....  BLM, Andrews FO.
                         Baker RMP..............  BLM, Baker FO.
                         Brothers-Lapine RMP....  BLM, Central Oregon
                                                   FO, Deschutes FO.
                         Ochocco NF LRMP........  FS, Ochocco NF.
                         Deschutes NF LRMP......  FS, Deschutes NF.
                         Eugene RMP.............  BLM, Upper Willamette
                                                   FO.
                         Fremont NF LRMP........  FS, Winema-Fremont
                                                   NFs.
                         Klamath Falls RMP......  BLM, Klamath Falls FO.
                         Klamath NF LRMP........  FS, Klamath NF.

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                         Lakeview RMP...........  BLM, Lakeview FO.
                         Medford RMP............  BLM, Ashland FO, Butte
                                                   Falls FO, Glendale
                                                   FO.
                         Mt. Hood NF LRMP.......  FS, Mt. Hood NF.
                         Roseburg RMP...........  BLM, South River FO,
                                                   Swiftwater FO, Upper
                                                   Willamette FO.
                         Salem RMP..............  BLM, Cascades FO,
                                                   Tillamook FO.
                         Southeastern Oregon RMP  BLM, Jordan FO,
                                                   Malheur FO.
                         Three Rivers RMP.......  BLM, Three Rivers FO.
                         Two Rivers RMP.........  BLM, Deschutes FO.
                         Umatilla NF LRMP.......  FS, Umatilla NF.
                         Upper Deschutes RMP....  BLM, Deschutes FO.
                         Winema NF LRMP.........  FS, Winema-Fremont
                                                   NFs.
Utah...................  Ashley NF LRMP.........  FS, Ashley NF.
                         Beaver RMP.............  BLM, Kanab FO.
                         CBGA...................  BLM, Cedar City FO.
                         Book Cliffs RMP........  BLM, Vernal FO.
                         Wasatch-Cache NF LRMP..  FS, Wasatch-Cache NF.
                         Diamond Mountain RMP...  BLM, Vernal FO.
                         Dixie NF LRMP..........  FS, Dixie NF.
                         Fishlake NF LRMP.......  FS, Fishlake NF.
                         Grand RMP..............  BLM, Moab FO.
                         Grand Staircase-         BLM, Grand Staircase-
                          Escalante National       Escalante NM FO.
                          Monument Management
                          Plan.
                         House Range RMP........  BLM, Fillmore FO.
                         Mountain Valley MFP....  BLM, Richfield FO.
                         Paria MFP..............  BLM, Kanab FO.
                         Pinyon MFP.............  BLM, Cedar City FO.
                         Pony Express RMP.......  BLM, Salt Lake FO.
                         Price River RMP........  BLM, Price FO.
                         San Juan RMP...........  BLM, Moab FO,
                                                   Monticello FO.
                         St. George (Dixie) RMP.  BLM, St. George FO.
                         Uinta NF LRMP..........  FS, Uinta NF.
                         Vermillion MFP.........  BLM, Kanab FO.
                         Warm Springs RMP.......  BLM, Fillmore FO.
                         Zion MFP...............  BLM, Kanab FO.
Washington.............  Mount Baker-Snoqualmie   FS, Mount Baker-
                          NF LRMP.                 Snoqualmie NF.
                         Spokane RMP............  BLM, Wenatchee FO.
                         Wenatchee NF LRMP......  FS, Wenatchee NF.
Wyoming................  Ashley NF LRMP.........  FS, Ashley NF.
                         Cody RMP...............  BLM, Cody FO.
                         Grass Creek RMP........  BLM, Worland FO.
                         Great Divide RMP.......  BLM, Rawlins FO.
                         Green River RMP........  BLM, Rock Springs FO.
                         Kemmerer RMP...........  BLM, Kemmerer FO.
                         Lander RMP.............  BLM, Lander FO.
                         Thunder Basin National   FS, Medicine Bow and
                          Grassland LRMP.          Routt NF, Thunder
                                                   Basin NG.
                         Platte River RMP.......  BLM, Casper FO.
                         Washakie RMP...........  BLM, Worland FO.
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\a\ AFB = Air Force Base; BLM = Bureau of Land Management; CBGA = Cedar-
  Beaver-Garfield-Antimony; CCCP = Complex Comprehensive Conservation
  Plan; DO = district office; DOD = Department of Defense; FO = field
  office; FS = Forest Service; GMP = General Management Plan; INRMP =
  Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan; LMP = Land Management
  Plan; LRMP = Land and Resource Management Plan; MFP = Management
  Framework Plan; NCA = National Conservation Area; NF = National
  Forest; NM = National Monument; NG = National Grassland; NPS =
  National Park Service; NRA = National Recreation Area; NWR = National
  Wildlife Refuge; RAMP= Recreation Area Management Plan; RFP= Revised
  Forest Plan, RMP = Resource Management Plan; USFWS = U.S. Fish and
  Wildlife Service.
\b\ This list represents the most current plans. This list differs in
  some particulars from the list in the Draft PEIS, Vol. 2, which went
  to print prior to these changes. Since planning is dynamic and there
  may also be further changes in the locations of specific corridors,
  the Final PEIS may also include changes in this list.
\c\ The PEIS identifies corridors through three national wildlife
  refuges, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
  Development on these refuges may only occur if the specific proposed
  project is determined to be compatible with refuge purposes and the
  mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Existing refuge
  Comprehensive Conservation Plan(s) may require amendment should a
  specific project be found compatible, and subsequent right-of-way
  permitting by the USFWS occur.

    In addition to designating Federal energy corridors through these 
amendments, the Agencies would establish cooperative procedures to 
expedite the application process for energy projects proposed to be 
sited within these corridors.
    Under the No Action Alternative, no Federal energy corridors would 
be designated pursuant to Section 368. The No Action alternative 
represents the status quo. Siting and development would continue, 
likely without coordination among the Agencies, under each agency's 
procedures for granting ROW. It would be incorrect to assume that the 
No Action Alternative signifies that there will be no groundbreaking 
for energy projects at some point in the future.
    Neither alternative authorizes site-specific energy transport 
projects. The Draft PEIS does not examine the

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environmental impacts of specific projects or related ROW that may or 
may not at some point be proposed for the Federal energy corridors. 
These projects would be subject to individual, project-specific NEPA 
review at the siting stage.
    Although actual environmental impacts must inevitably await 
proposals before being analyzed, the Agencies are preparing a PEIS at 
the designation stage because they believe it is an appropriate time to 
examine the region-wide environmental concerns. The Agencies expect 
that the PEIS will greatly assist subsequent, site-specific analyses 
for individual project proposals by allowing the Agencies to 
incorporate this PEIS into those later analyses.

Availability of the Draft PEIS

    The Agencies distributed copies of the Draft PEIS to appropriate 
members of Congress, state and local government officials in the 11 
Western States, American Indian tribal governments, and other Federal 
agencies, groups, and interested parties. Copies of the document may be 
obtained online at the project Web site or by contacting DOE as 
provided in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Copies of the Draft 
PEIS are also available for inspection at the Agencies' affected field 
office locations (see list above) within the 11 Western States and at 
public libraries near public meeting locations. A list of these 
libraries is available on the project Web site.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on October 24, 2007.
Michael D. Nedd,
Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection, Bureau of 
Land Management, Department of the Interior.
    Issued in Washington, DC, on October 30, 2007.
Kevin M. Kolevar,
Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy 
Reliability, Department of Energy.
[FR Doc. 07-5716 Filed 11-15-07; 8:45 am]
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