Trunkline LNG Company, LLC; Trunkline LNG Export, LLC; Trunkline Gas Company, LLC; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Planned Lake Charles Liquefaction Project, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Notice of Public Scoping Meeting, 58373-58375 [2012-23231]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 183 / Thursday, September 20, 2012 / Notices intervention is necessary to become a party to the proceeding. eFiling is encouraged. More detailed information relating to filing requirements, interventions, protests, service, and qualifying facilities filings can be found at: http://www.ferc.gov/ docs-filing/efiling/filing-req.pdf. For other information, call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Dated: September 13, 2012. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2012–23184 Filed 9–19–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Summary of the Planned Project [Docket No. PF12–8–000] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Trunkline LNG Company, LLC; Trunkline LNG Export, LLC; Trunkline Gas Company, LLC; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Planned Lake Charles Liquefaction Project, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Notice of Public Scoping Meeting The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) that will discuss the environmental impacts of the Lake Charles Liquefaction Project involving construction and operation of facilities by Trunkline LNG Company, LLC/ Trunkline LNG Export, LLC, and Trunkline Gas Company, LLC (Trunkline) in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. The Commission will use this EIS in its decision-making process to determine whether the project is in the public convenience and necessity. This notice announces the opening of the scoping process the Commission will use to gather input from the public and interested agencies on the project. Your input will help the Commission staff determine what issues they need to evaluate in the EIS. Please note that the scoping period will close on October 15, 2012. You may submit comments in written form or verbally. Further details on how to submit written comments are in the Public Participation section of this notice. In lieu of or in addition to sending written comments, the Commission invites you to attend the public scoping meeting scheduled as follows: FERC Public Scoping Meeting, Lake Charles Liquefaction Project, VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:11 Sep 19, 2012 October 3, 2012, 6:00 p.m. local time, Holiday Inn, 330 Arena Road, Sulphur, Louisiana 70665, (337) 527–0858. This notice is being sent to the Commission’s current environmental mailing list for this project. State and local government representatives should notify their constituents of this planned project and encourage them to comment on their areas of concern. A fact sheet prepared by the FERC entitled ‘‘An Interstate Natural Gas Facility on My Land? What Do I Need To Know?’’ is available for viewing on the FERC Web site (www.ferc.gov). This fact sheet addresses a number of typically asked questions, including the use of eminent domain and how to participate in the Commission’s proceedings. Jkt 226001 Trunkline plans to expand its existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana to liquefy natural gas and export the LNG. The planned facility would be capable of processing about 2.4 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas, which would be supplied by the existing pipeline currently used to send out regasified LNG from the existing LNG terminal, and be capable of exporting approximately 15 million metric tons of LNG per year. The Lake Charles Liquefaction Project would consist of the following facilities: • Up to three liquefaction trains (each train contains metering and gas treatment facilities, liquefaction and refrigerant units, safety and control systems, and associated infrastructure); • Approximately 0.27 mile of 36inch-diameter feed gas line to supply natural gas to the liquefaction facility from existing gas transmission pipelines; • Approximately 0.51 mile of LNG transfer and vapor lines between the existing LNG terminal and the planned liquefaction facility; and • Modifications and upgrades at the existing LNG terminal. Trunkline plans to initiate construction of the planned project in March 2014 in order to commence operation in March 2018. The general location of the project facilities is shown in appendix 1.1 1 The appendices referenced in this notice will not appear in the Federal Register. Copies of the appendices were sent to all those receiving this notice in the mail and are available at www.ferc.gov using the link called ‘‘eLibrary’’ or from the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426, or call (202) 502–8371. For instructions on connecting to eLibrary, refer to the last page of this notice. PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58373 Land Requirements for Construction The planned liquefaction facilities would be constructed on an approximately 240-acre undeveloped site located immediately north of the existing LNG terminal. Trunkline would disturb approximately 230 acres during construction and maintain about 125 acres for permanent operation of the liquefaction facilities. Construction of the planned feed gas pipeline, LNG line, and vapor lines would be included in the 240-acre construction site and additional property within the perimeter of the existing LNG terminal. Modifications to take place at the existing LNG terminal would occur within the existing terminal boundaries. The EIS Process The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires the Commission to take into account the environmental impacts that could result from an action whenever it considers the issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. NEPA also requires us 2 to discover and address concerns the public may have about proposals. This process is referred to as scoping. The main goal of the scoping process is to focus the analysis in the EIS on the important environmental issues. By this notice, the Commission requests public comments on the scope of the issues to address in the EIS. We will consider all filed comments during the preparation of the EIS. In the EIS we will discuss impacts that could occur as a result of the construction and operation of the planned project under these general headings: • Geology and soils; • Land use; • Water resources and wetlands; • Cultural resources; • Vegetation, fisheries, and wildlife; • Socioeconomics; • Air quality and noise; • Endangered and threatened species; and • Public safety. We will also evaluate possible alternatives to the planned project or portions of the project, and make recommendations on how to lessen or avoid impacts on the various resource areas. Although no formal application has been filed, we have already initiated our NEPA review under the Commission’s pre-filing process. The purpose of the pre-filing process is to encourage early involvement of interested stakeholders 2 ‘‘We,’’ ‘‘us,’’ and ‘‘our’’ refer to the environmental staff of the Commission’s Office of Energy Projects. E:\FR\FM\20SEN1.SGM 20SEN1 58374 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 183 / Thursday, September 20, 2012 / Notices and to identify and resolve issues before the FERC receives an application. As part of our pre-filing review, we have begun to contact some federal and state agencies to discuss their involvement in the scoping process and the preparation of the EIS. In addition, representatives from the FERC participated in the public open house sponsored by Trunkline in Lake Charles, Louisiana on July 19, 2012, to explain the environmental review process to interested stakeholders. The EIS will present our independent analysis of the issues. We will publish and distribute the draft EIS for public comment. After the comment period, we will consider all timely comments and revise the document, as necessary, before issuing a final EIS. To ensure we have the opportunity to consider and address your comments, please carefully follow the instructions in the Public Participation section beginning on page 5. With this notice, we are asking agencies with jurisdiction by law and/ or special expertise with respect to the environmental issues related to this project to formally cooperate with us in the preparation of the EIS. 3 Agencies that would like to request cooperating agency status should follow the instructions for filing comments provided under the Public Participation section of this notice. Currently, the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have expressed their intention to participate as a cooperating agency in the preparation of the EIS to satisfy their NEPA responsibilities related to this project. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Consultations Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act In accordance with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s implementing regulations for section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, we are using this notice to initiate consultation with the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and to solicit its views and those of other government agencies, interested Indian tribes, and the public on the project’s potential effects on historic properties.4 We will define the project-specific Area of Potential Effects 3 The Council on Environmental Quality regulations addressing cooperating agency responsibilities are at Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1501.6. 4 The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation regulations are at Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 800. Those regulations define historic properties as any prehistoric or historic district, site, building, structure, or object included in or eligible for inclusion in the National Register for Historic Places. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:11 Sep 19, 2012 Jkt 226001 (APE) in consultation with the SHPO as the project develops. On natural gas facility projects, the APE at a minimum encompasses all areas subject to ground disturbance (examples include construction right-of-way, contractor/ pipe storage yards, compressor stations, and access roads). Our EIS for this project will document our findings on the impacts on historic properties and summarize the status of consultations under section 106. Currently Identified Environmental Issues We have already identified several issues that we think deserve attention based on a preliminary review of the planned facilities and the environmental information provided by Trunkline. This preliminary list of issues may change based on your comments and our analysis. Issued identified include: • Potential impacts and potential benefits of construction workforce on local housing, infrastructure, public services, and economy; • Potential impacts on recreational fishing and aquatic resources in the Calcasieu Ship Channel; • Potential impacts on wetlands on the 240-acre site; • Potential visual effects on surrounding areas; and • Public safety and hazards associated with the transport of natural gas and LNG. Public Participation You can make a difference by providing us with your specific comments or concerns about the project. Your comments should focus on the potential environmental effects, reasonable alternatives, and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts. The more specific your comments, the more useful they will be. To ensure that your comments are timely and properly recorded, please send your comments so that the Commission receives them in Washington, DC on or before October 15, 2012. This is not your only public input opportunity; please refer to the Environmental Review Process flowchart in appendix 2. For your convenience, there are three methods you can use to submit your comments to the Commission. In all instances, please reference the project docket number (PF12–8–000) with your submission. The Commission encourages electronic filing of comments and has expert staff available to assist you at (202) 502–8258 or efiling@ferc.gov. (1) You can file your comments electronically using the eComment PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 feature located on the Commission’s Web site (www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. This is an easy method for interested persons to submit brief, text-only comments on a project; (2) You can file your comments electronically using the eFiling feature located on the Commission’s Web site (www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. With eFiling, you can provide comments in a variety of formats by attaching them as a file with your submission. New eFiling users must first create an account by clicking on ‘‘eRegister.’’ You must select the type of filing you are making. If you are filing a comment on a particular project, please select ‘‘Comment on a Filing’’; or (3) You can file a paper copy of your comments by mailing them to the following address: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426. Environmental Mailing List The environmental mailing list includes federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American Tribes; other interested parties; and local libraries and newspapers. This list also includes all affected landowners (as defined in the Commission’s regulations) who are potential right-of-way grantors, whose property may be used temporarily for project purposes, or who own homes within certain distances of aboveground facilities, and anyone who submits comments on the project. We will update the environmental mailing list as the analysis proceeds to ensure that we send the information related to this environmental review to all individuals, organizations, and government entities interested in and/or potentially affected by the planned project. Copies of the completed draft EIS will be sent to the environmental mailing list for public review and comment. If you would prefer to receive a paper copy of the document instead of the CD version or would like to remove your name from the mailing list, please return the attached Information Request (appendix 3). Becoming an Intervenor Once Trunkline files its application with the Commission, you may want to become an ‘‘intervenor’’ which is an official party to the Commission’s proceeding. Intervenors play a more formal role in the process and are able to file briefs, appear at hearings, and be E:\FR\FM\20SEN1.SGM 20SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 183 / Thursday, September 20, 2012 / Notices heard by the courts if they choose to appeal the Commission’s final ruling. An intervenor formally participates in the proceeding by filing a request to intervene. Instructions for becoming an intervenor are in the User’s Guide under the ‘‘e-filing’’ link on the Commission’s Web site. Please note that the Commission will not accept requests for intervenor status at this time. You must wait until the Commission receives a formal application for the project. Additional Information Additional information about the project is available from the Commission’s Office of External Affairs, at (866) 208–FERC, or on the FERC Web site (www.ferc.gov) using the eLibrary link. Click on the eLibrary link, click on ‘‘General Search’’ and enter the docket number, excluding the last three digits in the Docket Number field (i.e., PF12– 8). Be sure you have selected an appropriate date range. 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. The eLibrary link also provides access to the texts of formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rulemakings. In addition, the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription which allows you to keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets. This can reduce the amount of time you spend researching proceedings by automatically providing you with notification of these filings, document summaries, and direct links to the documents. Go to www.ferc.gov/ esubscribenow.htm. Finally, public meetings or site visits will be posted on the Commission’s calendar located at www.ferc.gov/ EventCalendar/EventsList.aspx along with other related information. Dated: September 14, 2012. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2012–23231 Filed 9–19–12; 8:45 am] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 6717–01–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:11 Sep 19, 2012 Jkt 226001 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 14413–000] Inglis Hydropower, LLC; Notice of Preliminary Permit Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and Competing Applications On May 18, 2012, Inglis Hydropower, LLC filed an application for a preliminary permit, pursuant to section 4(f) of the Federal Power Act (FPA), proposing to study the feasibility of a hydropower project located at the Inglis Bypass Channel, located on the Withlacoochee River in Levy County, Florida. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term. A preliminary permit does not authorize the permit holder to perform any land-disturbing activities or otherwise enter upon lands or waters owned by others without the owners’ express permission. The proposed project would consist of the following: (1) An existing 32-foothigh, 3500-foot-long earth filled dam; (2) a reservoir with a surface area of 4,000 acres and the storage capacity of 41,000 acre-feet; (3) a 1.75 mile-long bypass channel; (4) a 65-foot-wide, 35-foot-long intake structure with a trash rack cleaning system; (5) Four 12-footdiameter, 250-foot-long steel penstocks; (6) a powerhouse containing three generation units with a total capacity of 2,300 kilo-Watts, with an estimated average annual generation of 14,200,000 kilo-Watt hours; (7) a 120-foot-long, 24 kilo-Volt underground transmission line. Applicant Contact: Mr. Dean Edwards, Inglis Hydropower, LLC, 5400 Downing Street, Dover, Florida 33527. (813) 659–3014. FERC Contact: Chris Casey, christiane.casey@ferc.gov, (202) 502– 8577. Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications: 60 days from the issuance of this notice. Competing applications and notices of intent must meet the requirements of 18 CFR 4.36. Comments, motions to intervene, notices of intent, and competing applications may be filed electronically via the Internet. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission’s Web site http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ efiling.asp. Commenters can submit PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58375 brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ ecomment.asp. You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free at 1–866–208–3676, or for TTY, (202) 502–8659. Although the Commission strongly encourages electronic filing, documents may also be paper-filed. To paper-file, mail an original and seven copies to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. More information about this project, including a copy of the application, can be viewed or printed on the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link of Commission’s Web site at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp. Enter the docket number (P–14413) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. Dated: September 13, 2012. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2012–23230 Filed 9–19–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Notice of FERC Staff Attendance at the Entergy Regional State Committee Meeting The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) hereby gives notice that members of its staff may attend the meeting noted below. Their attendance is part of the Commission’s ongoing outreach efforts. Entergy Regional State Committee Working Group and Stakeholder Meeting September 25, 2012 (9:00am–3:00pm) This meeting will be held at the Pan American Life Center, 601 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. The discussions may address matters at issue in the following proceedings: Docket No. OA07–32, Entergy Services, Inc. Docket No. EL00–66, Louisiana Public Service Commission v. Entergy Services, Inc. Docket No. EL01–88, Louisiana Public Service Commission v. Entergy Services, Inc. E:\FR\FM\20SEN1.SGM 20SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 183 (Thursday, September 20, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 58373-58375]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-23231]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. PF12-8-000]


Trunkline LNG Company, LLC; Trunkline LNG Export, LLC; Trunkline 
Gas Company, LLC; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Planned Lake Charles Liquefaction Project, Request 
for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Notice of Public Scoping 
Meeting

    The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or 
Commission) will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) that 
will discuss the environmental impacts of the Lake Charles Liquefaction 
Project involving construction and operation of facilities by Trunkline 
LNG Company, LLC/Trunkline LNG Export, LLC, and Trunkline Gas Company, 
LLC (Trunkline) in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. The Commission will use 
this EIS in its decision-making process to determine whether the 
project is in the public convenience and necessity.
    This notice announces the opening of the scoping process the 
Commission will use to gather input from the public and interested 
agencies on the project. Your input will help the Commission staff 
determine what issues they need to evaluate in the EIS. Please note 
that the scoping period will close on October 15, 2012.
    You may submit comments in written form or verbally. Further 
details on how to submit written comments are in the Public 
Participation section of this notice. In lieu of or in addition to 
sending written comments, the Commission invites you to attend the 
public scoping meeting scheduled as follows: FERC Public Scoping 
Meeting, Lake Charles Liquefaction Project, October 3, 2012, 6:00 p.m. 
local time, Holiday Inn, 330 Arena Road, Sulphur, Louisiana 70665, 
(337) 527-0858.
    This notice is being sent to the Commission's current environmental 
mailing list for this project. State and local government 
representatives should notify their constituents of this planned 
project and encourage them to comment on their areas of concern.
    A fact sheet prepared by the FERC entitled ``An Interstate Natural 
Gas Facility on My Land? What Do I Need To Know?'' is available for 
viewing on the FERC Web site (www.ferc.gov). This fact sheet addresses 
a number of typically asked questions, including the use of eminent 
domain and how to participate in the Commission's proceedings.

Summary of the Planned Project

    Trunkline plans to expand its existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) 
terminal in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana to liquefy natural gas and 
export the LNG. The planned facility would be capable of processing 
about 2.4 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas, which would be 
supplied by the existing pipeline currently used to send out regasified 
LNG from the existing LNG terminal, and be capable of exporting 
approximately 15 million metric tons of LNG per year.
    The Lake Charles Liquefaction Project would consist of the 
following facilities:
     Up to three liquefaction trains (each train contains 
metering and gas treatment facilities, liquefaction and refrigerant 
units, safety and control systems, and associated infrastructure);
     Approximately 0.27 mile of 36-inch-diameter feed gas line 
to supply natural gas to the liquefaction facility from existing gas 
transmission pipelines;
     Approximately 0.51 mile of LNG transfer and vapor lines 
between the existing LNG terminal and the planned liquefaction 
facility; and
     Modifications and upgrades at the existing LNG terminal.
    Trunkline plans to initiate construction of the planned project in 
March 2014 in order to commence operation in March 2018. The general 
location of the project facilities is shown in appendix 1.\1\
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    \1\ The appendices referenced in this notice will not appear in 
the Federal Register. Copies of the appendices were sent to all 
those receiving this notice in the mail and are available at 
www.ferc.gov using the link called ``eLibrary'' or from the 
Commission's Public Reference Room, 888 First Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20426, or call (202) 502-8371. For instructions on 
connecting to eLibrary, refer to the last page of this notice.
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Land Requirements for Construction

    The planned liquefaction facilities would be constructed on an 
approximately 240-acre undeveloped site located immediately north of 
the existing LNG terminal. Trunkline would disturb approximately 230 
acres during construction and maintain about 125 acres for permanent 
operation of the liquefaction facilities. Construction of the planned 
feed gas pipeline, LNG line, and vapor lines would be included in the 
240-acre construction site and additional property within the perimeter 
of the existing LNG terminal. Modifications to take place at the 
existing LNG terminal would occur within the existing terminal 
boundaries.

The EIS Process

    The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires the 
Commission to take into account the environmental impacts that could 
result from an action whenever it considers the issuance of a 
Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. NEPA also requires us 
\2\ to discover and address concerns the public may have about 
proposals. This process is referred to as scoping. The main goal of the 
scoping process is to focus the analysis in the EIS on the important 
environmental issues. By this notice, the Commission requests public 
comments on the scope of the issues to address in the EIS. We will 
consider all filed comments during the preparation of the EIS.
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    \2\ ``We,'' ``us,'' and ``our'' refer to the environmental staff 
of the Commission's Office of Energy Projects.
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    In the EIS we will discuss impacts that could occur as a result of 
the construction and operation of the planned project under these 
general headings:
     Geology and soils;
     Land use;
     Water resources and wetlands;
     Cultural resources;
     Vegetation, fisheries, and wildlife;
     Socioeconomics;
     Air quality and noise;
     Endangered and threatened species; and
     Public safety.
    We will also evaluate possible alternatives to the planned project 
or portions of the project, and make recommendations on how to lessen 
or avoid impacts on the various resource areas.
    Although no formal application has been filed, we have already 
initiated our NEPA review under the Commission's pre-filing process. 
The purpose of the pre-filing process is to encourage early involvement 
of interested stakeholders

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and to identify and resolve issues before the FERC receives an 
application. As part of our pre-filing review, we have begun to contact 
some federal and state agencies to discuss their involvement in the 
scoping process and the preparation of the EIS. In addition, 
representatives from the FERC participated in the public open house 
sponsored by Trunkline in Lake Charles, Louisiana on July 19, 2012, to 
explain the environmental review process to interested stakeholders.
    The EIS will present our independent analysis of the issues. We 
will publish and distribute the draft EIS for public comment. After the 
comment period, we will consider all timely comments and revise the 
document, as necessary, before issuing a final EIS. To ensure we have 
the opportunity to consider and address your comments, please carefully 
follow the instructions in the Public Participation section beginning 
on page 5.
    With this notice, we are asking agencies with jurisdiction by law 
and/or special expertise with respect to the environmental issues 
related to this project to formally cooperate with us in the 
preparation of the EIS. \3\ Agencies that would like to request 
cooperating agency status should follow the instructions for filing 
comments provided under the Public Participation section of this 
notice. Currently, the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service have expressed their intention to participate as a 
cooperating agency in the preparation of the EIS to satisfy their NEPA 
responsibilities related to this project.
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    \3\ The Council on Environmental Quality regulations addressing 
cooperating agency responsibilities are at Title 40, Code of Federal 
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Consultations Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation 
Act

    In accordance with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's 
implementing regulations for section 106 of the National Historic 
Preservation Act, we are using this notice to initiate consultation 
with the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and to 
solicit its views and those of other government agencies, interested 
Indian tribes, and the public on the project's potential effects on 
historic properties.\4\ We will define the project-specific Area of 
Potential Effects (APE) in consultation with the SHPO as the project 
develops. On natural gas facility projects, the APE at a minimum 
encompasses all areas subject to ground disturbance (examples include 
construction right-of-way, contractor/pipe storage yards, compressor 
stations, and access roads). Our EIS for this project will document our 
findings on the impacts on historic properties and summarize the status 
of consultations under section 106.
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    \4\ The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation regulations 
are at Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 800. Those 
regulations define historic properties as any prehistoric or 
historic district, site, building, structure, or object included in 
or eligible for inclusion in the National Register for Historic 
Places.
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Currently Identified Environmental Issues

    We have already identified several issues that we think deserve 
attention based on a preliminary review of the planned facilities and 
the environmental information provided by Trunkline. This preliminary 
list of issues may change based on your comments and our analysis. 
Issued identified include:
     Potential impacts and potential benefits of construction 
workforce on local housing, infrastructure, public services, and 
economy;
     Potential impacts on recreational fishing and aquatic 
resources in the Calcasieu Ship Channel;
     Potential impacts on wetlands on the 240-acre site;
     Potential visual effects on surrounding areas; and
     Public safety and hazards associated with the transport of 
natural gas and LNG.

Public Participation

    You can make a difference by providing us with your specific 
comments or concerns about the project. Your comments should focus on 
the potential environmental effects, reasonable alternatives, and 
measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts. The more specific 
your comments, the more useful they will be. To ensure that your 
comments are timely and properly recorded, please send your comments so 
that the Commission receives them in Washington, DC on or before 
October 15, 2012. This is not your only public input opportunity; 
please refer to the Environmental Review Process flowchart in appendix 
2.
    For your convenience, there are three methods you can use to submit 
your comments to the Commission. In all instances, please reference the 
project docket number (PF12-8-000) with your submission. The Commission 
encourages electronic filing of comments and has expert staff available 
to assist you at (202) 502-8258 or efiling@ferc.gov.
    (1) You can file your comments electronically using the eComment 
feature located on the Commission's Web site (www.ferc.gov) under the 
link to Documents and Filings. This is an easy method for interested 
persons to submit brief, text-only comments on a project;
    (2) You can file your comments electronically using the eFiling 
feature located on the Commission's Web site (www.ferc.gov) under the 
link to Documents and Filings. With eFiling, you can provide comments 
in a variety of formats by attaching them as a file with your 
submission. New eFiling users must first create an account by clicking 
on ``eRegister.'' You must select the type of filing you are making. If 
you are filing a comment on a particular project, please select 
``Comment on a Filing''; or
    (3) You can file a paper copy of your comments by mailing them to 
the following address: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 
20426.

Environmental Mailing List

    The environmental mailing list includes federal, state, and local 
government representatives and agencies; elected officials; 
environmental and public interest groups; Native American Tribes; other 
interested parties; and local libraries and newspapers. This list also 
includes all affected landowners (as defined in the Commission's 
regulations) who are potential right-of-way grantors, whose property 
may be used temporarily for project purposes, or who own homes within 
certain distances of aboveground facilities, and anyone who submits 
comments on the project. We will update the environmental mailing list 
as the analysis proceeds to ensure that we send the information related 
to this environmental review to all individuals, organizations, and 
government entities interested in and/or potentially affected by the 
planned project.
    Copies of the completed draft EIS will be sent to the environmental 
mailing list for public review and comment. If you would prefer to 
receive a paper copy of the document instead of the CD version or would 
like to remove your name from the mailing list, please return the 
attached Information Request (appendix 3).

Becoming an Intervenor

    Once Trunkline files its application with the Commission, you may 
want to become an ``intervenor'' which is an official party to the 
Commission's proceeding. Intervenors play a more formal role in the 
process and are able to file briefs, appear at hearings, and be

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heard by the courts if they choose to appeal the Commission's final 
ruling. An intervenor formally participates in the proceeding by filing 
a request to intervene. Instructions for becoming an intervenor are in 
the User's Guide under the ``e-filing'' link on the Commission's Web 
site. Please note that the Commission will not accept requests for 
intervenor status at this time. You must wait until the Commission 
receives a formal application for the project.

Additional Information

    Additional information about the project is available from the 
Commission's Office of External Affairs, at (866) 208-FERC, or on the 
FERC Web site (www.ferc.gov) using the eLibrary link. Click on the 
eLibrary link, click on ``General Search'' and enter the docket number, 
excluding the last three digits in the Docket Number field (i.e., PF12-
8). Be sure you have selected an appropriate date range. 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. The eLibrary link also provides access to the 
texts of formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, 
notices, and rulemakings.
    In addition, the Commission offers a free service called 
eSubscription which allows you to keep track of all formal issuances 
and submittals in specific dockets. This can reduce the amount of time 
you spend researching proceedings by automatically providing you with 
notification of these filings, document summaries, and direct links to 
the documents. Go to www.ferc.gov/esubscribenow.htm.
    Finally, public meetings or site visits will be posted on the 
Commission's calendar located at www.ferc.gov/EventCalendar/EventsList.aspx along with other related information.

    Dated: September 14, 2012.
Kimberly D. Bose,
 Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2012-23231 Filed 9-19-12; 8:45 am]
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