Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Point Thomson Project, North Slope Borough, AK, 44221-44222 [2012-18372]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 145 / Friday, July 27, 2012 / Notices impacts to the environment. The proposed project includes the construction of structures in navigable Comments waters of the United States (U.S.) and The 60-day Notice soliciting the discharge of dredged and/or fill comments was published on March 20, materials into waters of the U.S., 2012 on page 16213. No public including wetlands. The proposed work comments were received. requires authorization from the Corps of Description: CNCS is seeking approval Engineers under Section 10 of the Rivers of the Senior Corps Grant Application, and Harbors Act (RHA) of 1899 and as revised. The Grant Application is Section 404 of the Clean Water Act used by RSVP, Foster Grandparent and (CWA). The Final EIS will be used to Senior Companion Program grantees, evaluate the Applicant’s Department of and for potential applicants. The Senior the Army (DA) permit application and Corps Grant Application is currently compliance with NEPA. approved through June 30, 2014. DATES: The 30-day review period begins Type of Review: Revision of a on July 27, 2012 and ends on August 27, currently approved collection. Agency: Corporation for National and 2012. The Record of Decision on the proposed action will be issued after Community Service. Title: Senior Corps Grant Application. August 27, 2012. The Final EIS is not open for public comment. OMB Number: 3045–0035. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Agency Number: None. Affected Public: Current and potential Harry A. Baij Jr., by email message at grantees of the RSVP, Foster harry.a.baij@usace.army.mil, by Grandparent, and Senior Companion telephone at 800–478–2712 (toll free programs. within AK), 907–753–2784 (office), or Total Respondents: 1,518. 907–350–5097 (cell). Frequency: Annual. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Average Time per Response: 5 hours. 1. Authorization: Section 404 of the Estimated Total Burden Hours: 7,590. Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344) and Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act None. of 1899 (33 U.S.C. 403); Department of Total Burden Cost (operating/ Defense, Corps of Engineers, maintenance): None. Department of the Army, 33 CFR Parts Dated: July 20, 2012. 320 through 330, Regulatory Program of Erwin J. Tan, the Corps of Engineers; Final rule; Director, Senior Corps. Appendix B of 33 CFR Part 325. [FR Doc. 2012–18347 Filed 7–26–12; 8:45 am] 2. Background Information: The BILLING CODE 6050–$$–P Alaska District, Corps of Engineers received the Applicant’s complete permit application on November 1, 2011. The Applicant’s project purpose is DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE to initiate commercial liquid Department of the Army, U.S. Army hydrocarbon production (natural gas Corps of Engineers condensate) and delineate and evaluate hydrocarbon resources in the Point Notice of Availability of the Final Thomson area. Two natural gas Environmental Impact Statement for production wells have been authorized, the Proposed Point Thomson Project, drilled, and tested at an existing gravel North Slope Borough, AK pad at Point Thomson, AK. Other AGENCY: Corps of Engineers, Department previously authorized gravel pads and exploration wells exist in the general of the Army, Department of Defense. area. ACTION: Notice of Availability—Final 3. Location: The project is located on EIS. Alaska’s Arctic Coastal Plain, Beaufort seacoast, approximately 60 miles east of SUMMARY: In accordance with the Prudhoe Bay. Most of the Thomson National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and Sand Reservoir is located under the Beaufort Sea. The proposed facilities Council on Environmental Quality would be located primarily onshore, on regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508) State of Alaska lands, leased to the the Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, Applicant or their working interest advises that the Final EIS for the Point partners of the oil and gas industry. Thomson Project, proposed by Exxon Kaktovik, AK is located approximately Mobil Corporation and PTE Pipeline, is 60 miles east. The farthest eastward now available for public review. The development resulting from this Final EIS evaluated reasonable proposed project would be alternative designs and potential erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:32 Jul 26, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44221 approximately 2 miles west of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge boundary. 4. Proposed Project: The proposed project includes industrial development involving gravel fill placement in tundra wetlands and waters, construction of marine structures, and dredging. The proposed project would construct a large gravel mine; a mile long gravel airstrip; 3 hydrocarbon production and/ or processing gravel pads; several miles of in-field gravel roads; similar length infield above-ground pipelines; a marine bulkhead, service pier, and mooring dolphins; navigational dredging; and other industrial infrastructure. Processed liquid hydrocarbons would be transported through a new 23-mile long elevated pipeline to existing facilities to the west and further connections to the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. The proposed project would include construction of temporary and permanent camps (lodging); offices, warehouses, and shops; electric power generation and distribution facilities; fuel, water, and chemical storage; a water and wastewater treatment facility; a grind and inject drilling waste facility; a solid waste facility; and communications facilities. The proposed project would include directional drilling a minimum of five wells from three coastal gravel pads: Central, East, and West. The Central Pad would be the largest and the primary location for construction and operations, processing fluids, locating a gas injection well for recycling natural gas, and a wastewater disposal well. The East and West Pads would include wells to delineate and evaluate the hydrocarbon reservoir for additional oil and gas resources and facilitate production. 5. Alternatives: Four alternatives were developed and evaluated in the Final EIS that would meet the Applicant’s stated purpose and need. The No Action Alternative is used for comparison of the environmental effects of the action alternatives and involves long term monitoring and maintenance of the existing wells and gravel pads. Three Action Alternatives were developed and considered. Two action alternatives would minimize impacts to coastal resources by locating infrastructure components inland from the coastline and reducing coastal access. These 2 alternatives consider alternative transportation routes, such as ice roads and an all-season gravel road in-lieu of barge access. A third alternative was developed to reduce impacts to waters and wetlands by minimizing the total gravel fill footprint. A complete description of the alternatives development, screening process, and the E:\FR\FM\27JYN1.SGM 27JYN1 erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 44222 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 145 / Friday, July 27, 2012 / Notices alternatives carried forward for detailed study, is disclosed in Chapter 2 of the Final EIS. 6. Scoping Process: A Notice of Intent to prepare a Draft EIS for the Proposed Point Thomson Project was published in the Federal Register on December 4, 2009. The Corps of Engineers conducted public scoping, Alaska Native Tribal consultations, and resource agency meetings in AK prior to preparing the Draft EIS. Over 300 issue-specific comments were identified. Results from the scoping process were summarized a Public Scoping Document and are addressed in the Draft EIS. 7. Draft EIS Review: The Draft EIS comment period began November 18, 2011 with the publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. It was originally scheduled to end on January 3, 2012 but was extended until January 18, 2012 after requests for an extension were received. Open house and public comment meetings were held between December 5–15, 2011 in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kaktovik, Nuiqsut, and Barrow, AK. The Corps of Engineers received over 240 comment submissions during the comment period. Over 660 individual comments were recorded and responded to. Based on comments received, errors in the Draft EIS were corrected and sections edited for clarity. The Final EIS is the result of these changes and additions. Overall impact findings did not change between the Draft and Final EIS, although some descriptions did change. 8. Availability of the Final EIS: The Final EIS is electronically available for viewing and printing at: www.pointthomsonprojecteis.com. A printed Executive Summary, which includes 2 Compact Disks containing the entire Final EIS, may be obtained by contacting Mr. Baij at the above contact information. Printed copies of the Final EIS are available for review at the following public libraries and schools: Harold Kaveolook School, Kaktovik, Alaska; Nuiqsut Trapper School, Nuiqsut, Alaska; Tuzzy Consortium Library, Barrow, Alaska; Noel Wein Library, Fairbanks, Alaska; Z.J. Loussac Library, Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Resources Library and Information Services, Anchorage, Alaska; and University of Alaska, Anchorage Library, Anchorage, Alaska. Dated: July 19, 2012. Harry A. Baij Jr., Project Manager, US Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District. [FR Doc. 2012–18372 Filed 7–26–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:32 Jul 26, 2012 Jkt 226001 Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Inland Waterways Users Board Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: In accordance with 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92–463), announcement is made of the forthcoming meeting. Name of Committee: Inland Waterways Users Board (Board). Date: August 29, 2012. Location: The Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel and Suites, 400 South 14th Street, St. Louis, MO 63103 at (314) 231–5007. Time: Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting is scheduled to adjourn at approximately 1:00 p.m. Agenda: The agenda will include the status of funding for inland navigation projects and studies and the status of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, the funding status for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 and the FY 2013 budget, status of the Olmsted Locks and Dam Project, and the Board will consider its project investment recommendations for the next year. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Mark R. Pointon, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, CEIWR–GM, 7701 Telegraph Road, Casey Building, Alexandria, Virginia 22315–3868; Ph: 703–428– 6438. SUMMARY: The meeting is open to the public. Any interested person may attend, appear before, or file statements with the committee at the time and in the manner permitted by the committee. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–18348 Filed 7–26–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY National Nuclear Security Administration Notice of Availability of the Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) announces the availability of the Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SPD Supplemental EIS; DOE/EIS–0283–S2) for public comment. DOE also is announcing the dates, times and locations for public hearings to receive comments on the Draft SPD Supplemental EIS. The Draft SPD Supplemental EIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of alternatives for disposition of 13.1 metric tons (14.4 tons) of surplus plutonium for which DOE has not made a disposition decision, including 7.1 metric tons (7.8 tons) of plutonium from pits that were declared excess to national defense needs. It also updates previous DOE NEPA analyses on plutonium disposition to consider additional options for pit disassembly and conversion, which entails processing plutonium metal components to produce an oxide form of plutonium suitable for disposition, and the use of mixed oxide (MOX) fuel fabricated from surplus plutonium in domestic commercial nuclear power reactors to generate electricity, including five reactors at two specific Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) reactor plants. DOE is not revisiting the decision to fabricate 34 metric tons (MT) (37.5 tons) of surplus plutonium into MOX fuel in the MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF) (65 FR 1608, January 11, 2000 and 68 FR 20134, April 24, 2003), now under construction at DOE’s Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina, and to irradiate the MOX fuel in commercial nuclear reactors used to generate electricity. TVA is a cooperating agency on this SPD Supplemental EIS. TVA is considering the use of MOX fuel, produced as part of DOE’s Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program, in its nuclear power reactors. DATES: DOE invites Federal agencies, state and local governments, Native American tribes, industry, other interested organizations, and members of the public to comment on the Draft SPD Supplemental EIS during a 60-day public comment period which starts with the publication of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Notice of Availability in the Federal Register and ends on September 25, 2012. 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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 145 (Friday, July 27, 2012)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-18372]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Proposed Point Thomson Project, North Slope Borough, 
AK

AGENCY: Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army, Department of 
Defense.

ACTION: Notice of Availability--Final EIS.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and Council on Environmental 
Quality regulations (40 CFR parts 1500-1508) the Corps of Engineers, 
Alaska District, advises that the Final EIS for the Point Thomson 
Project, proposed by Exxon Mobil Corporation and PTE Pipeline, is now 
available for public review. The Final EIS evaluated reasonable 
alternative designs and potential impacts to the environment. The 
proposed project includes the construction of structures in navigable 
waters of the United States (U.S.) and the discharge of dredged and/or 
fill materials into waters of the U.S., including wetlands. The 
proposed work requires authorization from the Corps of Engineers under 
Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act (RHA) of 1899 and Section 404 
of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The Final EIS will be used to evaluate 
the Applicant's Department of the Army (DA) permit application and 
compliance with NEPA.

DATES: The 30-day review period begins on July 27, 2012 and ends on 
August 27, 2012. The Record of Decision on the proposed action will be 
issued after August 27, 2012. The Final EIS is not open for public 
comment.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Harry A. Baij Jr., by email 
message at harry.a.baij@usace.army.mil, by telephone at 800-478-2712 
(toll free within AK), 907-753-2784 (office), or 907-350-5097 (cell).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    1. Authorization: Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 
1344) and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C. 
403); Department of Defense, Corps of Engineers, Department of the 
Army, 33 CFR Parts 320 through 330, Regulatory Program of the Corps of 
Engineers; Final rule; Appendix B of 33 CFR Part 325.
    2. Background Information: The Alaska District, Corps of Engineers 
received the Applicant's complete permit application on November 1, 
2011. The Applicant's project purpose is to initiate commercial liquid 
hydrocarbon production (natural gas condensate) and delineate and 
evaluate hydrocarbon resources in the Point Thomson area. Two natural 
gas production wells have been authorized, drilled, and tested at an 
existing gravel pad at Point Thomson, AK. Other previously authorized 
gravel pads and exploration wells exist in the general area.
    3. Location: The project is located on Alaska's Arctic Coastal 
Plain, Beaufort seacoast, approximately 60 miles east of Prudhoe Bay. 
Most of the Thomson Sand Reservoir is located under the Beaufort Sea. 
The proposed facilities would be located primarily onshore, on State of 
Alaska lands, leased to the Applicant or their working interest 
partners of the oil and gas industry. Kaktovik, AK is located 
approximately 60 miles east. The farthest eastward development 
resulting from this proposed project would be approximately 2 miles 
west of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge boundary.
    4. Proposed Project: The proposed project includes industrial 
development involving gravel fill placement in tundra wetlands and 
waters, construction of marine structures, and dredging. The proposed 
project would construct a large gravel mine; a mile long gravel 
airstrip; 3 hydrocarbon production and/or processing gravel pads; 
several miles of in-field gravel roads; similar length infield above-
ground pipelines; a marine bulkhead, service pier, and mooring 
dolphins; navigational dredging; and other industrial infrastructure. 
Processed liquid hydrocarbons would be transported through a new 23-
mile long elevated pipeline to existing facilities to the west and 
further connections to the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. The proposed 
project would include construction of temporary and permanent camps 
(lodging); offices, warehouses, and shops; electric power generation 
and distribution facilities; fuel, water, and chemical storage; a water 
and wastewater treatment facility; a grind and inject drilling waste 
facility; a solid waste facility; and communications facilities. The 
proposed project would include directional drilling a minimum of five 
wells from three coastal gravel pads: Central, East, and West. The 
Central Pad would be the largest and the primary location for 
construction and operations, processing fluids, locating a gas 
injection well for recycling natural gas, and a wastewater disposal 
well. The East and West Pads would include wells to delineate and 
evaluate the hydrocarbon reservoir for additional oil and gas resources 
and facilitate production.
    5. Alternatives: Four alternatives were developed and evaluated in 
the Final EIS that would meet the Applicant's stated purpose and need. 
The No Action Alternative is used for comparison of the environmental 
effects of the action alternatives and involves long term monitoring 
and maintenance of the existing wells and gravel pads. Three Action 
Alternatives were developed and considered. Two action alternatives 
would minimize impacts to coastal resources by locating infrastructure 
components inland from the coastline and reducing coastal access. These 
2 alternatives consider alternative transportation routes, such as ice 
roads and an all-season gravel road in-lieu of barge access. A third 
alternative was developed to reduce impacts to waters and wetlands by 
minimizing the total gravel fill footprint. A complete description of 
the alternatives development, screening process, and the

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alternatives carried forward for detailed study, is disclosed in 
Chapter 2 of the Final EIS.
    6. Scoping Process: A Notice of Intent to prepare a Draft EIS for 
the Proposed Point Thomson Project was published in the Federal 
Register on December 4, 2009. The Corps of Engineers conducted public 
scoping, Alaska Native Tribal consultations, and resource agency 
meetings in AK prior to preparing the Draft EIS. Over 300 issue-
specific comments were identified. Results from the scoping process 
were summarized a Public Scoping Document and are addressed in the 
Draft EIS.
    7. Draft EIS Review: The Draft EIS comment period began November 
18, 2011 with the publication of the Notice of Availability in the 
Federal Register. It was originally scheduled to end on January 3, 2012 
but was extended until January 18, 2012 after requests for an extension 
were received. Open house and public comment meetings were held between 
December 5-15, 2011 in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kaktovik, Nuiqsut, and 
Barrow, AK. The Corps of Engineers received over 240 comment 
submissions during the comment period. Over 660 individual comments 
were recorded and responded to. Based on comments received, errors in 
the Draft EIS were corrected and sections edited for clarity. The Final 
EIS is the result of these changes and additions. Overall impact 
findings did not change between the Draft and Final EIS, although some 
descriptions did change.
    8. Availability of the Final EIS: The Final EIS is electronically 
available for viewing and printing at: www.pointthomsonprojecteis.com.
    A printed Executive Summary, which includes 2 Compact Disks 
containing the entire Final EIS, may be obtained by contacting Mr. Baij 
at the above contact information.
    Printed copies of the Final EIS are available for review at the 
following public libraries and schools: Harold Kaveolook School, 
Kaktovik, Alaska; Nuiqsut Trapper School, Nuiqsut, Alaska; Tuzzy 
Consortium Library, Barrow, Alaska; Noel Wein Library, Fairbanks, 
Alaska; Z.J. Loussac Library, Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Resources 
Library and Information Services, Anchorage, Alaska; and University of 
Alaska, Anchorage Library, Anchorage, Alaska.

    Dated: July 19, 2012.
Harry A. Baij Jr.,
Project Manager, US Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District.
[FR Doc. 2012-18372 Filed 7-26-12; 8:45 am]
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