Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Soldotna, AK; Environmental Impact Statement for the Shadura Natural Gas Development Project, 32270-32272 [2013-12680]

Download as PDF 32270 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 103 / Wednesday, May 29, 2013 / Notices received. The final EIS/EIR considers comments received and responds, as appropriate, with text revisions, clarifications, and corrections. The final EIS/EIR is divided into three volumes: Volumes I and II comprise the revised EIS/EIR and appendices, with actual text changes resulting from responses to comments; Volume III provides responses to all comments received, as well as an appendix with copies of each comment letter or communication. Copies of the final EIS/EIR are available for public inspection at several libraries and government offices. A full list of locations where the final EIS/EIR is available for public inspection can be found at https://klamathrestoration.gov. 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The minutes from these proceedings will be posted at https://www.doi.gov/ eiti/faca and will also be available for public inspection and copying at our office in the Main Interior Building in Washington, DC, by contacting USEITI staff at useiti@ios.doi.gov or by telephone at 202–208–0272. For more information about USEITI, visit https:// www.doi.gov/eiti. Dated: May 22, 2013. Amy Holley, Chief of Staff—Policy, Management and Budget. [FR Doc. 2013–12698 Filed 5–28–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–T2–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R7–R–2013–N050: FF07R06000 FXRS12650700000 123] Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Soldotna, AK; Environmental Impact Statement for the Shadura Natural Gas Development Project Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\29MYN1.SGM 29MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 103 / Wednesday, May 29, 2013 / Notices We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service, we), announce that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Shadura Natural Gas Development Project is available for public review. The EIS was prepared pursuant to the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 (ANILCA); the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (Refuge Administration Act), as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (Refuge Improvement Act); and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). It describes five alternatives for accessing the subsurface natural gas estate owned by Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI), and provides analysis of the effects of those alternatives. The Service does not have a preferred alternative. DATES: Following a 30-day waiting period beginning with the publication of this notice, the Record of Decision will be signed. ADDRESSES: Additional information concerning the project can be found at https://alaska.fws.gov/nwr/planning/ nepa.htm. Additional information concerning the Refuge may be found at https:// www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/ index.cfm?id=74525. Send comments or requests for information by any one of the following methods: • EMail: fw7_kenai_planning @fws.gov; • Fax: Attn: Peter Wikoff, (907) 786– 3976; • U.S. Mail: Peter Wikoff, Natural Resource Planner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1011 East Tudor Rd., MS–231, Anchorage, AK 99503. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Wikoff, Natural Resource Planner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at (907) 786–3357, or at the address above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We have received an application from NordAq Energy, Inc., and have prepared an environmental impact statement (EIS) for, a proposed right-of-way within the Refuge. The right-of-way would be in compliance with the Alaska National Interests Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) Section 1110(b) regarding access to inholdings, for the construction and operation of facilities associated with the exploration and production of natural gas from the subsurface estate within the Refuge. The United States owns the surface estate, which is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, while Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI), owns the tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:07 May 28, 2013 Jkt 229001 subsurface estate of coal, oil, and gas in the project area. The project would be in the northwestern portion of the Kenai Peninsula, approximately 4 miles southeast of the end of the road in Captain Cook State Recreation Area. The application is being made by NordAq Energy, Inc., the holder of the lease from CIRI for the area. The EIS describes and evaluates five alternatives and the anticipated impacts of each. We are publishing this notice in compliance with the NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1501.7) to advise other agencies and the public that the EIS is available for public review and comment. Alternatives Considered Alternative 1—No Action The No Action alternative is required by the National Environmental Policy Act to present the current situation for comparison with the other alternatives. Action Alternatives (Alternatives 2–5) Under any of the action alternatives (alternatives 2–5), the Shadura Natural Gas Development Project would be constructed, operated, maintained, decommissioned, and reclaimed. During the first stage of the project, a gravel road, gravel storage yards, and a minimal drilling/processing pad would be constructed. Then one natural gas well would be drilled and tested. If the results of this testing were unfavorable, all equipment and gravel would be removed and the affected areas would be restored to approximate preconstruction conditions. If the results of testing were favorable, the second stage would be constructed. The second stage of construction would involve expanding the drilling/ processing pad to its final size and configuration; drilling five additional natural gas wells, an industrial water well, and a Class II disposal well; and constructing production facilities. Once constructed, the project would operate for about 30 years. At the end of the project’s useful life, it would be decommissioned and the impacted areas reclaimed. Alternative 2—Applicant’s Proposed Action: The access road would extend from the North Kenai Spur Highway along the west and south sides of Salmo Lake to a drilling/processing pad. That portion of the access road outside the Refuge has already been permitted by the State of Alaska as part of another project. The access road would be 4.3 miles long, about 2.7 miles of which would be on the Kenai NWR. The remaining 1.6 PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32271 miles are on State and other lands. Of that portion on the Kenai NWR, about 1.7 miles of the road would be constructed in upland areas and about one mile would be in wetlands. The metering pad, gathering lines, and communication cable would be located parallel to the access road. Alternative 3—Natural Gas Development with Northern Access: Under this alternative, the access road would be constructed around the north and east sides of Salmo Lake. The access road would be 4.6 miles long, of which 2.2 miles would be constructed on State and other lands, and 2.4 miles would be on the Kenai NWR. About 3.7 miles would be in upland areas and about 0.9 mile would be in wetlands. The North Kenai Spur Highway would provide primary access to the project area. The metering pad, gathering lines, and communication cable would be located parallel to the access road. Alternative 4—Natural Gas Development with Eastern Access: Under this alternative, the access road would be constructed from the east. The access road would be 3.3 miles long— all on the Kenai NWR. About 2.7 miles would be constructed in upland areas and about 0.5 mile would be in wetlands. The metering pad, gathering lines, and communication cable would not follow the access road but be constructed in the same locations as for Alternative 2. They would be installed cross-country between the drilling/ processing pad and the previously permitted road on State lands. The segment between the Kenai NWR boundary and metering pad would follow this previously permitted road. The North Kenai Spur Highway would provide primary access to the metering pad. Alternative 5—Natural Gas Development with Southern Access: Under this alternative, an access road would be constructed from the southeast. The access road would be 5.5 miles long—all on the Kenai NWR. About 5.3 miles would be constructed in upland areas and about 0.2 mile would be in wetlands. The metering pad, gathering lines, and communication cable would be constructed in the same locations as for Alternatives 2 and 4. They would be installed cross-country between the drilling/processing pad and the previously permitted road on State lands. The segment between the Kenai NWR boundary and metering pad would follow this previously permitted road. E:\FR\FM\29MYN1.SGM 29MYN1 32272 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 103 / Wednesday, May 29, 2013 / Notices The North Kenai Spur Highway would provide primary access to the metering pad. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Public Input Special mailings, newspaper advertisements, and other media announcements informed the public of opportunities to meet with project staff at public meetings and how to provide written comments. Public meetings were held in Kenai on January 16, 2013, and in Anchorage on January 17, 2013. The EIS and information pertaining to the right-of-way application for the project are and have been available for viewing and downloading at https:// alaska.fws.gov/nwr/planning/nepa.htm. Refuge Information The Refuge covers approximately 2 million acres on the Kenai Peninsula in south-central Alaska. It is readily accessible by road from the city of Anchorage, which is home to 41.5 percent of Alaska’s population. The Refuge consists of the western slopes of the Kenai Mountains and forested lowlands bordering Cook Inlet. The Kenai Mountains, with their glaciers, rise to more than 6,500 feet. Treeless alpine and subalpine habitats are home to mountain goats, Dall sheep, caribou, wolverine, marmots, and ptarmigan. Boreal forests extend from sea level to 1,800 feet and are composed of spruce and birch forests, which on the Refuge are intermingled with hundreds of lakes. Boreal forests are home to moose, wolves, black and brown bears, lynx, snowshoe hares, and numerous species of Neotropical birds, such as olive-sided flycatchers, myrtle warblers, and ruby crowned kinglets. At sea level, the Refuge encompasses the last remaining pristine major saltwater estuary on the Kenai Peninsula, the Chickaloon River Flats. The Flats provide a major migratory staging area and nesting habitat for shorebirds and waterfowl throughout the spring, summer, and fall. The Flats are also used as a haul-out area by harbor seals. Thousands of salmon migrate up the Chickaloon River system each year to spawn. While the United States owns the land surface within the Refuge, portions of the subsurface estate, consisting of the oil, gas, and coal are owned by Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI). CIRI is an Alaska Native regional corporation established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA; 43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.). CIRI received the subsurface oil, gas, and coal estate to nearly 200,000 acres within the Refuge as part of ANCSA and the subsequent Cook Inlet Land Exchange (Pub. L. 94–205 and Pub. L. 94–456 of VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:07 May 28, 2013 Jkt 229001 1976). The State of Alaska also owns lands adjacent to the Refuge (Captain Cook State Recreation Area). ANILCA Section 1110(b) requires that the Service provide adequate and feasible access to the CIRI-owned subsurface estate. CIRI has previously leased other portions of its subsurface estate within the Refuge. Oil and gas are currently being produced under Federal leases from other production units within the Refuge. The Alaska National Interests Land Conservation Act of 1980 (Section 303[4]) established the Refuge from the Kenai Moose Range and other lands, and set forth the following major purposes for which the Refuge was to be managed: (i) To conserve fish and wildlife populations and habitats in their natural diversity, including, but not limited to, moose, bear, mountain goats, Dall sheep, wolves, and other furbearers; salmonoids and other fish; waterfowl and other migratory and non-migratory birds; (ii) To fulfill the international treaty obligations of the United States with respect to fish and wildlife and their habitats; (iii) To ensure, to the maximum extent practicable and in a manner consistent with the purposes set forth in paragraph (i), water quality and necessary water quantity within the Refuge; (iv) To provide in a manner consistent with subparagraphs (i) and (ii), opportunities for scientific research, interpretation, environmental education, and land management training; and (v) To provide, in a manner compatible with these purposes, opportunities for fish and wildlifeoriented recreation. Public Availability of Comments 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 to withhold it from public view, we cannot guarantee we will be able to do so. Dated: May 17, 2013. Geoffrey L. Haskett, Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska. [FR Doc. 2013–12680 Filed 5–28–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [123A2100DD/AAK30030000/ A0T501010.000000] Renewal of Agency Information Collection for Indian SelfDetermination and Education Assistance Contracts Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice of submission to OMB. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

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Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Soldotna, AK; Environmental 
Impact Statement for the Shadura Natural Gas Development Project

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service, we), announce 
that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Shadura Natural 
Gas Development Project is available for public review. The EIS was 
prepared pursuant to the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation 
Act of 1980 (ANILCA); the National Wildlife Refuge System 
Administration Act of 1966 (Refuge Administration Act), as amended by 
the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (Refuge 
Improvement Act); and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
(NEPA). It describes five alternatives for accessing the subsurface 
natural gas estate owned by Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI), and 
provides analysis of the effects of those alternatives. The Service 
does not have a preferred alternative.

DATES: Following a 30-day waiting period beginning with the publication 
of this notice, the Record of Decision will be signed.

ADDRESSES: Additional information concerning the project can be found 
at https://alaska.fws.gov/nwr/planning/nepa.htm.
    Additional information concerning the Refuge may be found at https://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=74525.
    Send comments or requests for information by any one of the 
following methods:
     EMail: fw7_kenai_planning@fws.gov;
     Fax: Attn: Peter Wikoff, (907) 786-3976;
     U.S. Mail: Peter Wikoff, Natural Resource Planner, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, 1011 East Tudor Rd., MS-231, Anchorage, AK 
99503.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Wikoff, Natural Resource 
Planner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at (907) 786-3357, or at the 
address above.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We have received an application from NordAq 
Energy, Inc., and have prepared an environmental impact statement (EIS) 
for, a proposed right-of-way within the Refuge. The right-of-way would 
be in compliance with the Alaska National Interests Lands Conservation 
Act (ANILCA) Section 1110(b) regarding access to inholdings, for the 
construction and operation of facilities associated with the 
exploration and production of natural gas from the subsurface estate 
within the Refuge. The United States owns the surface estate, which is 
managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the Kenai 
National Wildlife Refuge, while Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI), owns 
the subsurface estate of coal, oil, and gas in the project area. The 
project would be in the northwestern portion of the Kenai Peninsula, 
approximately 4 miles southeast of the end of the road in Captain Cook 
State Recreation Area. The application is being made by NordAq Energy, 
Inc., the holder of the lease from CIRI for the area.
    The EIS describes and evaluates five alternatives and the 
anticipated impacts of each. We are publishing this notice in 
compliance with the NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1501.7) to advise other 
agencies and the public that the EIS is available for public review and 
comment.

Alternatives Considered

Alternative 1--No Action

    The No Action alternative is required by the National Environmental 
Policy Act to present the current situation for comparison with the 
other alternatives.

Action Alternatives (Alternatives 2-5)

    Under any of the action alternatives (alternatives 2-5), the 
Shadura Natural Gas Development Project would be constructed, operated, 
maintained, decommissioned, and reclaimed. During the first stage of 
the project, a gravel road, gravel storage yards, and a minimal 
drilling/processing pad would be constructed. Then one natural gas well 
would be drilled and tested. If the results of this testing were 
unfavorable, all equipment and gravel would be removed and the affected 
areas would be restored to approximate preconstruction conditions. If 
the results of testing were favorable, the second stage would be 
constructed.
    The second stage of construction would involve expanding the 
drilling/processing pad to its final size and configuration; drilling 
five additional natural gas wells, an industrial water well, and a 
Class II disposal well; and constructing production facilities.
    Once constructed, the project would operate for about 30 years. At 
the end of the project's useful life, it would be decommissioned and 
the impacted areas reclaimed.
Alternative 2--Applicant's Proposed Action:
    The access road would extend from the North Kenai Spur Highway 
along the west and south sides of Salmo Lake to a drilling/processing 
pad. That portion of the access road outside the Refuge has already 
been permitted by the State of Alaska as part of another project.
    The access road would be 4.3 miles long, about 2.7 miles of which 
would be on the Kenai NWR. The remaining 1.6 miles are on State and 
other lands. Of that portion on the Kenai NWR, about 1.7 miles of the 
road would be constructed in upland areas and about one mile would be 
in wetlands. The metering pad, gathering lines, and communication cable 
would be located parallel to the access road.
Alternative 3--Natural Gas Development with Northern Access:
    Under this alternative, the access road would be constructed around 
the north and east sides of Salmo Lake. The access road would be 4.6 
miles long, of which 2.2 miles would be constructed on State and other 
lands, and 2.4 miles would be on the Kenai NWR. About 3.7 miles would 
be in upland areas and about 0.9 mile would be in wetlands. The North 
Kenai Spur Highway would provide primary access to the project area. 
The metering pad, gathering lines, and communication cable would be 
located parallel to the access road.
Alternative 4--Natural Gas Development with Eastern Access:
    Under this alternative, the access road would be constructed from 
the east. The access road would be 3.3 miles long--all on the Kenai 
NWR. About 2.7 miles would be constructed in upland areas and about 0.5 
mile would be in wetlands.
    The metering pad, gathering lines, and communication cable would 
not follow the access road but be constructed in the same locations as 
for Alternative 2. They would be installed cross-country between the 
drilling/processing pad and the previously permitted road on State 
lands. The segment between the Kenai NWR boundary and metering pad 
would follow this previously permitted road. The North Kenai Spur 
Highway would provide primary access to the metering pad.
Alternative 5--Natural Gas Development with Southern Access:
    Under this alternative, an access road would be constructed from 
the southeast. The access road would be 5.5 miles long--all on the 
Kenai NWR. About 5.3 miles would be constructed in upland areas and 
about 0.2 mile would be in wetlands.
    The metering pad, gathering lines, and communication cable would be 
constructed in the same locations as for Alternatives 2 and 4. They 
would be installed cross-country between the drilling/processing pad 
and the previously permitted road on State lands. The segment between 
the Kenai NWR boundary and metering pad would follow this previously 
permitted road.

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The North Kenai Spur Highway would provide primary access to the 
metering pad.

Public Input

    Special mailings, newspaper advertisements, and other media 
announcements informed the public of opportunities to meet with project 
staff at public meetings and how to provide written comments. Public 
meetings were held in Kenai on January 16, 2013, and in Anchorage on 
January 17, 2013. The EIS and information pertaining to the right-of-
way application for the project are and have been available for viewing 
and downloading at https://alaska.fws.gov/nwr/planning/nepa.htm.

Refuge Information

    The Refuge covers approximately 2 million acres on the Kenai 
Peninsula in south-central Alaska. It is readily accessible by road 
from the city of Anchorage, which is home to 41.5 percent of Alaska's 
population. The Refuge consists of the western slopes of the Kenai 
Mountains and forested lowlands bordering Cook Inlet. The Kenai 
Mountains, with their glaciers, rise to more than 6,500 feet. Treeless 
alpine and subalpine habitats are home to mountain goats, Dall sheep, 
caribou, wolverine, marmots, and ptarmigan. Boreal forests extend from 
sea level to 1,800 feet and are composed of spruce and birch forests, 
which on the Refuge are intermingled with hundreds of lakes. Boreal 
forests are home to moose, wolves, black and brown bears, lynx, 
snowshoe hares, and numerous species of Neotropical birds, such as 
olive-sided flycatchers, myrtle warblers, and ruby crowned kinglets. At 
sea level, the Refuge encompasses the last remaining pristine major 
saltwater estuary on the Kenai Peninsula, the Chickaloon River Flats. 
The Flats provide a major migratory staging area and nesting habitat 
for shorebirds and waterfowl throughout the spring, summer, and fall. 
The Flats are also used as a haul-out area by harbor seals. Thousands 
of salmon migrate up the Chickaloon River system each year to spawn.
    While the United States owns the land surface within the Refuge, 
portions of the subsurface estate, consisting of the oil, gas, and coal 
are owned by Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI). CIRI is an Alaska Native 
regional corporation established under the Alaska Native Claims 
Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA; 43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.). CIRI received 
the subsurface oil, gas, and coal estate to nearly 200,000 acres within 
the Refuge as part of ANCSA and the subsequent Cook Inlet Land Exchange 
(Pub. L. 94-205 and Pub. L. 94-456 of 1976). The State of Alaska also 
owns lands adjacent to the Refuge (Captain Cook State Recreation Area). 
ANILCA Section 1110(b) requires that the Service provide adequate and 
feasible access to the CIRI-owned subsurface estate. CIRI has 
previously leased other portions of its subsurface estate within the 
Refuge. Oil and gas are currently being produced under Federal leases 
from other production units within the Refuge.
    The Alaska National Interests Land Conservation Act of 1980 
(Section 303[4]) established the Refuge from the Kenai Moose Range and 
other lands, and set forth the following major purposes for which the 
Refuge was to be managed:
    (i) To conserve fish and wildlife populations and habitats in their 
natural diversity, including, but not limited to, moose, bear, mountain 
goats, Dall sheep, wolves, and other furbearers; salmonoids and other 
fish; waterfowl and other migratory and non-migratory birds;
    (ii) To fulfill the international treaty obligations of the United 
States with respect to fish and wildlife and their habitats;
    (iii) To ensure, to the maximum extent practicable and in a manner 
consistent with the purposes set forth in paragraph (i), water quality 
and necessary water quantity within the Refuge;
    (iv) To provide in a manner consistent with subparagraphs (i) and 
(ii), opportunities for scientific research, interpretation, 
environmental education, and land management training; and
    (v) To provide, in a manner compatible with these purposes, 
opportunities for fish and wildlife-oriented recreation.

Public Availability of Comments

    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 to withhold it from public view, we cannot guarantee we will be 
able to do so.

    Dated: May 17, 2013.
Geoffrey L. Haskett,
Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska.
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