Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company; Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Rockaway Delivery Lateral and Northeast Connector Projects, 13295-13296 [2014-05119]

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[FR Doc. 2014–05048 Filed 3–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket Nos. CP13–36–000, CP13–132–000] Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company; Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Rockaway Delivery Lateral and Northeast Connector Projects The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared this final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project and Northeast Connector Project (collectively referred to as the Projects) as proposed by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco) in the above-referenced dockets. For the Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project, Transco requests authorization to expand its natural gas pipeline system in New York to provide firm delivery lateral service of 647 thousand dekatherms per day (Mdth/d) of natural gas to National Grid’s distribution system in New York City. For the Northeast Connector Project, Transco proposes to modify existing compressor station facilities along its existing pipeline system in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to provide 100 Mdth/d of new incremental natural gas supply to National Grid, as part of the 647 Mdth/ d to be provided by the Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project. The Northeast PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13295 Connector Project would be operationally dependent on the Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project with similar construction and in-service schedules. The final EIS assesses the potential environmental effects of construction and operation of the Projects in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FERC staff concludes that approval of the Projects would have some adverse environmental impacts, but these impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels with the implementation of Transco’s proposed mitigation and the additional measures recommended in the final EIS. The National Park Service; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service; and City of New York participated as cooperating agencies in the preparation of the final EIS. Cooperating agencies have jurisdiction by law or special expertise with respect to resources potentially affected by a proposal and participate in the NEPA analysis. While the conclusions and recommendations presented in the final EIS were developed with input from the cooperating agencies, the federal cooperating agencies will present their own conclusions and recommendations in their respective Records of Decision for the Projects. The final EIS addresses the potential environmental effects of construction and operation of the facilities proposed by Transco for the Projects. For the Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project, these facilities include: • Approximately 3.2 miles of new 26inch-diameter pipeline to deliver natural gas from Transco’s existing Lower New York Bay Lateral (LNYBL) in the Atlantic Ocean to an onshore tiein with the National Grid system on the Rockaway Peninsula in the Borough of Queens, Queens County, New York; and • an onshore meter and regulating (M&R) facility to be built in the Borough of Brooklyn, Kings County, New York. Approximately 2.6 miles of the proposed pipeline would be constructed offshore on submerged lands owned by New York State. About 0.6 mile of the pipeline would be built on federal lands, both onshore and offshore, within the Gateway National Recreation Area, which is administered by the National Park Service. Less than 0.1 mile of the pipeline would be built on land owned by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. E:\FR\FM\10MRN1.SGM 10MRN1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES 13296 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 46 / Monday, March 10, 2014 / Notices The M&R facility would be constructed within a historic airplane hangar complex on Floyd Bennett Field, which is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. Floyd Bennett Field is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district, and the hangar complex is considered a contributing element to the significance of the site. Transco is proposing to adaptively reuse and restore the hangar complex to an exterior appearance that would enhance the visual characteristics of Floyd Bennett Field Historic District. For the Northeast Connector Project, Transco proposes to: • Add an incremental 6,540 horsepower (hp) of compression at its existing Compressor Station 195 in York County, Pennsylvania by replacing three existing natural gas-fired reciprocating engines and appurtenant facilities with two new electric motor drives; • add an incremental 5,000 hp of compression at its existing Compressor Station 205 in Mercer County, New Jersey by uprating two existing electric motor drives; and • add an incremental 5,400 hp of compression at its existing Compressor Station 207 in Middlesex County, New Jersey by uprating two existing electric motor drives. These modifications would occur on lands owned by Transco within the existing compressor station sites. The FERC staff mailed copies of the final EIS to federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes; potentially affected landowners; other interested individuals and nongovernmental organizations; newspapers and libraries in the project area; and parties to this proceeding. Paper copy versions of this EIS were mailed to those specifically requesting them; all others received a compact disk version. In addition, the final EIS is available for public viewing on the FERC’s Web site (www.ferc.gov). A limited number of hardcopies are available for distribution and public inspection at: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Public Reference Room, 888 First Street NE., Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426, (202) 502–8371. Additional information about the Projects 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 (i.e., CP13–36). Be sure you have VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:00 Mar 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 selected an appropriate date range. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FercOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free at (866) 208–3676; 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. Dated: February 28, 2014. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–05119 Filed 3–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 14582–000] Mid-Atlantic Hydro, LLC; Notice of Preliminary Permit Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and Competing Applications On January 31, 2014, Mid-Atlantic Hydro, 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 to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) George W. Andrews Lock and Dam on the Chattahoochee River near the town of Columbia in Houston County, Alabama. 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) A 100-foot-long, 150foot-wide intake channel; (2) a 70-footlong, 150-foot-wide, 40-foot-high powerhouse containing three generation units with a total capacity of 12 megawatts; (3) a 100-foot-long, 150-footwide tailrace; and (4) a 10-mile-long, 115kV transmission line to an existing PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 transmission facility. The proposed project would have an average annual generation of 60,000 megawatt-hours, and operate as directed by the Corps. Applicant Contact: Ms. Jennifer Mesirow, Mid-Atlantic Hydro, LLC, 5425 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 600, Chevy Chase, MD 20815; Phone: (301) 718–4826. FERC Contact: Christiane 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 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 five 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–14582) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. Dated: February 28, 2014. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–05124 Filed 3–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P E:\FR\FM\10MRN1.SGM 10MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 46 (Monday, March 10, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 13295-13296]
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[FR Doc No: 2014-05119]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket Nos. CP13-36-000, CP13-132-000]


Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company; Notice of Availability of 
the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Rockaway 
Delivery Lateral and Northeast Connector Projects

    The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or 
Commission) has prepared this final environmental impact statement 
(EIS) for the Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project and Northeast Connector 
Project (collectively referred to as the Projects) as proposed by 
Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco) in the above-
referenced dockets. For the Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project, Transco 
requests authorization to expand its natural gas pipeline system in New 
York to provide firm delivery lateral service of 647 thousand 
dekatherms per day (Mdth/d) of natural gas to National Grid's 
distribution system in New York City. For the Northeast Connector 
Project, Transco proposes to modify existing compressor station 
facilities along its existing pipeline system in Pennsylvania and New 
Jersey to provide 100 Mdth/d of new incremental natural gas supply to 
National Grid, as part of the 647 Mdth/d to be provided by the Rockaway 
Delivery Lateral Project. The Northeast Connector Project would be 
operationally dependent on the Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project with 
similar construction and in-service schedules.
    The final EIS assesses the potential environmental effects of 
construction and operation of the Projects in accordance with the 
requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FERC 
staff concludes that approval of the Projects would have some adverse 
environmental impacts, but these impacts would be reduced to less-than-
significant levels with the implementation of Transco's proposed 
mitigation and the additional measures recommended in the final EIS.
    The National Park Service; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District; National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service; and City 
of New York participated as cooperating agencies in the preparation of 
the final EIS. Cooperating agencies have jurisdiction by law or special 
expertise with respect to resources potentially affected by a proposal 
and participate in the NEPA analysis. While the conclusions and 
recommendations presented in the final EIS were developed with input 
from the cooperating agencies, the federal cooperating agencies will 
present their own conclusions and recommendations in their respective 
Records of Decision for the Projects.
    The final EIS addresses the potential environmental effects of 
construction and operation of the facilities proposed by Transco for 
the Projects. For the Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project, these 
facilities include:
     Approximately 3.2 miles of new 26-inch-diameter pipeline 
to deliver natural gas from Transco's existing Lower New York Bay 
Lateral (LNYBL) in the Atlantic Ocean to an onshore tie-in with the 
National Grid system on the Rockaway Peninsula in the Borough of 
Queens, Queens County, New York; and
     an onshore meter and regulating (M&R) facility to be built 
in the Borough of Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.
    Approximately 2.6 miles of the proposed pipeline would be 
constructed offshore on submerged lands owned by New York State. About 
0.6 mile of the pipeline would be built on federal lands, both onshore 
and offshore, within the Gateway National Recreation Area, which is 
administered by the National Park Service. Less than 0.1 mile of the 
pipeline would be built on land owned by the Triborough Bridge and 
Tunnel Authority.

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    The M&R facility would be constructed within a historic airplane 
hangar complex on Floyd Bennett Field, which is part of the Gateway 
National Recreation Area. Floyd Bennett Field is listed in the National 
Register of Historic Places as a historic district, and the hangar 
complex is considered a contributing element to the significance of the 
site. Transco is proposing to adaptively reuse and restore the hangar 
complex to an exterior appearance that would enhance the visual 
characteristics of Floyd Bennett Field Historic District.
    For the Northeast Connector Project, Transco proposes to:
     Add an incremental 6,540 horsepower (hp) of compression at 
its existing Compressor Station 195 in York County, Pennsylvania by 
replacing three existing natural gas-fired reciprocating engines and 
appurtenant facilities with two new electric motor drives;
     add an incremental 5,000 hp of compression at its existing 
Compressor Station 205 in Mercer County, New Jersey by uprating two 
existing electric motor drives; and
     add an incremental 5,400 hp of compression at its existing 
Compressor Station 207 in Middlesex County, New Jersey by uprating two 
existing electric motor drives.
    These modifications would occur on lands owned by Transco within 
the existing compressor station sites.
    The FERC staff mailed copies of the final EIS to federal, state, 
and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; 
environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes; 
potentially affected landowners; other interested individuals and non-
governmental organizations; newspapers and libraries in the project 
area; and parties to this proceeding. Paper copy versions of this EIS 
were mailed to those specifically requesting them; all others received 
a compact disk version. In addition, the final EIS is available for 
public viewing on the FERC's Web site (www.ferc.gov). A limited number 
of hardcopies are available for distribution and public inspection at: 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Public Reference Room, 888 First 
Street NE., Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426, (202) 502-8371.
    Additional information about the Projects 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 (i.e., CP13-36). 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; 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.

    Dated: February 28, 2014.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2014-05119 Filed 3-7-14; 8:45 am]
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