Right-of-Way Grant of Submerged Lands on the Outer Continental Shelf to Support Renewable Energy Development, 52353-52365 [2012-21275]

Download as PDF TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 29, 2012 / Notices laws, executive orders, and BLM policies; 2. Existing, valid plan decisions will not be changed and any new plan decisions will not conflict with existing plan decisions; and 3. The plan amendment(s) will recognize valid existing rights. You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing to the BLM at any public scoping meeting, or you may submit them to the BLM using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above. To be most helpful, you should submit comments by the close of the 30-day scoping period or within 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. The BLM will utilize and coordinate the NEPA public participation requirements to assist the agency in satisfying the public involvement requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (16 U.S.C. 470(f)) as provided for in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). Information about historic and cultural resources within the area potentially affected by the proposed Rio Mesa Project and potential CDCA Plan amendment will assist the BLM in identifying and evaluating impacts to such resources in the context of both NEPA and Section 106 of the NHPA. The BLM will consult with Indian tribes on a government-to-government basis in accordance with Executive Order 13175 and other policies. Tribal concerns, including impacts on Indian trust assets, will be given due consideration. Federal, State, and local agencies, along with tribes and other stakeholders that may be interested or affected by the proposed action that the BLM is evaluating, are invited to participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be requested by the BLM to participate in the development of the environmental analysis as a cooperating agency. The BLM will evaluate identified issues to be addressed in the plan, and will place them into one of three categories: 1. Issues to be resolved in the plan amendment; VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:37 Aug 28, 2012 Jkt 226001 2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; or 3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan amendment. The BLM will provide an explanation in the EIS as to why an issue was placed in category two or three. The public is also encouraged to identify any management questions and concerns that should be addressed in the plan amendment. The BLM will work collaboratively with interested parties to identify the management decisions that are best suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns. The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the plan amendment in order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns identified. Specialists with expertise in the following disciplines will be involved in the planning process: Rangeland management, minerals and geology, outdoor recreation, archaeology, paleontology, wildlife and fisheries, lands and realty, hydrology, soils, and sociology and economics. Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 and 43 CFR 1610.2. Thomas Pogacnik, Deputy State Director, California. [FR Doc. 2012–21272 Filed 8–28–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [WYW 163447] Notice of Proposed Withdrawal and Opportunity for Public Meeting; Wyoming; Correction Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Correction. AGENCY: This action corrects the acreage referenced in the SUMMARY and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION sections of a notice published in the Federal Register on Friday, September 1, 2006 (71 FR 52144). On page 52144, column 1, line 24 of the notice, which reads ‘‘approximately 427 acres of public land,’’ is hereby corrected to read, ‘‘approximately 504 acres of public land.’’ On page 52144, column 2, line 20 of the notice, which reads ‘‘The area described contains 427 acres,’’ is hereby corrected to read, ‘‘The area described contains 504 acres.’’ SUMMARY: Donald A. Simpson, State Director, Wyoming. [FR Doc. 2012–21273 Filed 8–28–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52353 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Ocean Energy Management [BOEM–2011–0082] Right-of-Way Grant of Submerged Lands on the Outer Continental Shelf to Support Renewable Energy Development Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Interior. ACTION: Request for comment. AGENCY: BOEM Form 0009 would be used to issue Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) renewable energy right-of-way (ROW) grants in order to streamline this process and increase efficiency and consistency for applicants. As defined by BOEM regulations at 30 CFR Part 585, an ROW grant is an authorization issued for use of a portion of the OCS for the construction and use of a cable or pipeline for the purpose of gathering, transmitting, distributing, or otherwise transporting electricity or other energy product generated or produced from renewable energy, but does not constitute a project easement. The ability of an ROW grantee to install such a cable or pipeline and operate such activities would be subject to the applicable approvals specified in 30 CFR Part 585. BOEM has developed the form included in this notice and invites comments on the draft form. Following the 30-day comment period, BOEM will review all submitted comments, and publish a final version of the form in the Federal Register. DATES: Submit written comments by September 28, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maureen A. Bornholdt, Program Manager, Office of Renewable Energy Programs at (703) 787–1300. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods listed below. • Electronically: go to http:// www.regulations.gov. In the entry titled ‘‘Enter Keyword or ID,’’ enter docket BOEM–2011–0082 then click ‘‘search.’’ Follow the instructions to submit public comments and view supporting and related materials. All comments will be posted on www.regulations.gov. • Mail or hand-carry comments to the Department of the Interior; Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; Attention: Jennifer Golladay; 381 Elden Street, HM 1328; Herndon, Virginia 20170. Please reference the docket number and title in your comment and include your name and return address. Public Comment Procedures: Before including your address, phone number, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1 52354 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 29, 2012 / Notices TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personally identifiable information— may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:37 Aug 28, 2012 Jkt 226001 comment to withhold particular information from public view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Information that is not labeled as privileged or confidential will be regarded as suitable for public release. PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Authority: 43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq. Dated: August 20, 2012. Tommy P. Beaudreau, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:37 Aug 28, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1 52355 EN29AU12.033</GPH> TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 29, 2012 / Notices VerDate Mar<15>2010 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 29, 2012 / Notices 17:37 Aug 28, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1 EN29AU12.034</GPH> TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 52356 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:37 Aug 28, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1 52357 EN29AU12.035</GPH> TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 29, 2012 / Notices VerDate Mar<15>2010 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 29, 2012 / Notices 17:37 Aug 28, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1 EN29AU12.036</GPH> TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 52358 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:37 Aug 28, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1 52359 EN29AU12.037</GPH> TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 29, 2012 / Notices VerDate Mar<15>2010 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 29, 2012 / Notices 17:37 Aug 28, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1 EN29AU12.038</GPH> TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 52360 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:37 Aug 28, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1 52361 EN29AU12.039</GPH> TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 29, 2012 / Notices VerDate Mar<15>2010 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 29, 2012 / Notices 17:37 Aug 28, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1 EN29AU12.040</GPH> TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 52362 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:37 Aug 28, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1 52363 EN29AU12.041</GPH> TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 29, 2012 / Notices VerDate Mar<15>2010 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 29, 2012 / Notices 17:37 Aug 28, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1 EN29AU12.042</GPH> TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 52364 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 29, 2012 / Notices [FR Doc. 2012–21275 Filed 8–28–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Arkansas Valley Conduit and LongTerm Excess Capacity Master Contract, Fryingpan-Arkansas Project; Bent, Chaffee, Crowley, El Paso Pueblo, Fremont, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers Counties, CO Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability and public hearings. AGENCY: The Bureau of Reclamation has made available for public review and comment the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Arkansas Valley Conduit and Long-Term Excess Capacity Contract, Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, Colorado. The proposed Arkansas Valley Conduit, conveyance contract for the Pueblo Dam north-south outlet works interconnect, and long-term excess capacity master contract to store water in available space in Pueblo Reservoir would deliver high quality water that would meet Environmental Protection Agency and state water quality requirements and help water providers throughout the Arkansas River Basin in Colorado reliably meet existing and future water demands. DATES: Submit written comments on the Draft EIS on or before October 30, 2012. Public hearings will be held on: 1. Monday, September 24, 2012, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Salida, Colorado. 2. Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Pueblo, Colorado. 3. Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., La Junta, Colorado. 4. Thursday, September 27, 2012, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Lamar, Colorado. ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on the Draft EIS to Ms. J. Signe Snortland, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 1017, Bismarck, North Dakota 58502; or by email to jsnortland@usbr.gov. The public hearings will be held at: 1. Salida—Salida Community Center, 305 F Street, Salida, Colorado 81201. 2. Pueblo—Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main St., Pueblo, Colorado 81003. 3. Otero—Otero Junior College, 2222 San Juan Ave., La Junta, Colorado 81050. TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:37 Aug 28, 2012 Jkt 226001 4. Lamar—Lamar Community Building, 610 South 6th Street, Lamar, Colorado 81052. To request an Executive Summary and DVD of the Draft EIS, please contact J. Signe Snortland as indicated above, or call 701–221–1278. The Draft EIS may be viewed or downloaded at the Bureau of Reclamation’s Web site at http:// www.usbr.gov/avceis. See Supplementary Information section for locations where copies of the Draft EIS are available for public review. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: J. Signe Snortland, Environmental Specialist at jsnortland@usbr.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Three proposed federal actions by the Bureau of Reclamation are analyzed in the Draft EIS: (1) Construct and operate the Arkansas Valley Conduit (AVC) and enter into a repayment contract with Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District; (2) enter into a conveyance contract with various water providers for use of a pipeline interconnection between Pueblo Dam’s south and north outlet works; and (3) enter into a excess capacity master contract with Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District to store water in Pueblo Reservoir. While serving similar water supply and delivery purposes, the proposed actions are independent of each other. The AVC was authorized by Congress in the original Fryingpan-Arkansas legislation in 1962 (Pub. L. 87–590). However, it was not constructed with the original project, primarily because of the beneficiaries’ inability to repay the construction costs. In 2009, Congress amended the original legislation in Public Law 111–11, which authorized annual federal funding as necessary for constructing AVC, and included a cost sharing plan with 65 percent federal and 35 percent local funding. The Bureau of Reclamation would enter into a 50-year repayment contract with Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District which would be responsible for paying the local share. The AVC would be a water supply pipeline to help meet existing and future municipal and industrial water demands of southeastern Colorado water providers. Forty towns and rural domestic water supply systems in Pueblo, Crowley, Otero, Bent, Prowers, and Kiowa counties would participate in the AVC. Water providers are requesting annual water deliveries of 10,256 acre-feet to help meet 2070 water demands. Fourteen of these water providers are currently under orders by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to remove PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52365 naturally-occurring radioactive contaminants from their surface or groundwater source using expensive treatment or to find another better quality water source. The interconnection would move water between the existing south outlet works and future north outlet works (currently under construction as part of the Southern Deliver System) at Pueblo Reservoir during emergencies or periodic maintenance activities. Interconnect operations would require a long-term (40-year) contract between AVC, Pueblo Fish Hatchery, Board of Water Works of Pueblo, Pueblo West, Southern Delivery System, and Fountain Valley Authority. The purpose of the excess capacity master contract would be to allow use of extra storage space in Pueblo Reservoir to store up to 29,938 acre-feet of water. A long-term storage contract, rather than short-term contracts, is needed by 37 water providers to help meet projected demand through 2060 (the term of the contract). Some of the resources potentially affected by the proposed actions that are evaluated in the Draft EIS include: surface water quantity and quality in the Arkansas River and Fryingpan-Arkansas reservoirs, groundwater, climate change, recreation biological resources, human environment, socioeconomics, environmental justice, and historic properties. Hearing Process and Distribution Information Requests to make oral comments at the public hearing may be made at the hearing. In order to ensure that all those interested in providing oral comments have an opportunity to do so, oral comments at the hearing will be limited to five minutes. Comments will be recorded by a court reporter. Speakers will be called in the order indicated on the sign in list for speaking. Speakers not present when called will be recalled at the end of the scheduled speakers. Speakers may provide written versions of their oral comments or other additional written comments for the hearing record. Longer comments should be summarized at the public hearing and submitted in writing either at the public hearing or identified as hearing comments and mailed within seven days of the hearing date to J. Signe Snortland as indicated under the Addresses section. Copies of the Draft EIS are available for public review at the following locations: • Bureau of Reclamation, Eastern Colorado Area Office, 11056 West E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

[BOEM-2011-0082]


Right-of-Way Grant of Submerged Lands on the Outer Continental 
Shelf to Support Renewable Energy Development

AGENCY: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Interior.

ACTION: Request for comment.

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SUMMARY: BOEM Form 0009 would be used to issue Outer Continental Shelf 
(OCS) renewable energy right-of-way (ROW) grants in order to streamline 
this process and increase efficiency and consistency for applicants. As 
defined by BOEM regulations at 30 CFR Part 585, an ROW grant is an 
authorization issued for use of a portion of the OCS for the 
construction and use of a cable or pipeline for the purpose of 
gathering, transmitting, distributing, or otherwise transporting 
electricity or other energy product generated or produced from 
renewable energy, but does not constitute a project easement. The 
ability of an ROW grantee to install such a cable or pipeline and 
operate such activities would be subject to the applicable approvals 
specified in 30 CFR Part 585. BOEM has developed the form included in 
this notice and invites comments on the draft form. Following the 30-
day comment period, BOEM will review all submitted comments, and 
publish a final version of the form in the Federal Register.

DATES: Submit written comments by September 28, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maureen A. Bornholdt, Program Manager, 
Office of Renewable Energy Programs at (703) 787-1300.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods 
listed below.
     Electronically: go to http://www.regulations.gov. In the 
entry titled ``Enter Keyword or ID,'' enter docket BOEM-2011-0082 then 
click ``search.'' Follow the instructions to submit public comments and 
view supporting and related materials. All comments will be posted on 
www.regulations.gov.
     Mail or hand-carry comments to the Department of the 
Interior; Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; Attention: Jennifer 
Golladay; 381 Elden Street, HM 1328; Herndon, Virginia 20170. Please 
reference the docket number and title in your comment and include your 
name and return address.
    Public Comment Procedures: Before including your address, phone 
number,

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email address, or other personal identifying information in your 
comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--including your 
personally identifiable information--may be made publicly available at 
any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold particular 
information from public view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able 
to do so. Information that is not labeled as privileged or confidential 
will be regarded as suitable for public release.

    Authority:  43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.

    Dated: August 20, 2012.
Tommy P. Beaudreau,
Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

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