Gulf LNG Liquefaction Company, LLC, Gulf LNG Energy, LLC, Gulf LNG Pipeline, LLC; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Planned Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Notice of Public Scoping Meeting, 46793-46796 [2014-18897]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 154 / Monday, August 11, 2014 / Notices governmental organizations; interested Indian 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 proposed project. If the EA is published for distribution, copies 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 compact disc version or would like to remove your name from the mailing list, please return the attached Information Request (appendix 2). mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Becoming an Intervenor In addition to involvement in the EA scoping process, 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 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 included in the User’s Guide under the ‘‘e-filing’’ link on the Commission’s Web site. 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 at 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., CP14–498). 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 now offers a free service called eSubscription which allows you to keep track of all VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:35 Aug 08, 2014 Jkt 232001 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 http://www.ferc.gov/ docs-filing/esubscription.asp. 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: August 5, 2014. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–18948 Filed 8–8–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. PF13–4–000] Gulf LNG Liquefaction Company, LLC, Gulf LNG Energy, LLC, Gulf LNG Pipeline, LLC; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Planned Gulf LNG 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 identify and address the environmental impacts that could result from the construction and operation of the Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project (Project) planned by Gulf LNG Liquefaction Company, LLC, Gulf LNG Energy, LLC, and Gulf LNG Pipeline, LLC (collectively GLLC). The Commission will use this EIS in its decision-making process to determine whether the Project is in the public interest. 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 September 1, 2014. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46793 public scoping meeting scheduled as follows: FERC Public Scoping Meeting, Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project, August 18, 2014, 6:00–8:00 p.m., Pelican Landing Convention Center, 6217 Mississippi Highway 613, Moss Point, MS 39563, 228–474–1406. This public meeting is designed to provide you with more detailed information and another opportunity to offer your comments on the Project. GLLC representatives will be present one hour before the meeting (starting at 5:00 p.m.) to describe the Project, present maps, and answer questions. Interested groups and individuals are encouraged to attend the meeting and present comments on the issues they believe should be addressed in the EIS. A transcript of the meeting will be made so that your comments will be accurately recorded. 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. If you are a landowner receiving this notice, a pipeline company representative may contact you about the acquisition of an easement to construct, operate, and maintain the planned facilities. The company would seek to negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement. However, if the Commission approves the Project, that approval conveys with it the right of eminent domain. Therefore, if easement negotiations fail to produce an agreement, the pipeline company could initiate condemnation proceedings where compensation would be determined in accordance with state law. 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 GLLC plans to expand the existing LNG import terminal in Jackson County, Mississippi to enable the terminal to liquefy natural gas (LNG) for export. The planned facility would have an export capacity of approximately 10 million metric tons per year (MTPY). The Project would use both the planned and existing facilities to liquefy domestic natural gas delivered by an existing interstate natural gas pipeline. The LNG E:\FR\FM\11AUN1.SGM 11AUN1 46794 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 154 / Monday, August 11, 2014 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES would be stored in the existing import facility LNG storage tanks, and loaded and stored on LNG carriers at the existing marine berthing and LNG transfer facility. The terminal would retain its capability to import, store, regasify, and deliver natural gas into the existing interstate natural gas pipeline system. GLLC is not planning to increase the size or frequency of LNG carriers currently authorized to call on the existing terminal. The Project would require minor modifications to three existing Gulf LNG Interstate Pipeline interconnections and metering stations. The general locations of Project facilities are depicted in the figures included as Appendix 1 to this notice.1 The Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project would include construction and operation of the following key facilities: • Two liquefaction trains, with each train including a feed gas treatment unit, a heavy hydrocarbon removal unit, and a liquefaction unit (with a maximum LNG production capacity of approximately 5 million MTPY each); • a new natural gas liquids (NGL) and refrigerant storage area; • a new truck loading/unloading facility to unload refrigerants for transport to the storage area and to load NGLs produced during the gas liquefaction process; • new in-tank LNG loading pumps in the existing LNG storage tanks to transfer LNG through the existing transfer lines to LNG carriers; • minor changes to the piping of the marine loading arms to permit bidirectional flow; • modifications to the existing metering stations at the existing Gulfstream Pipeline Company and Destin Pipeline Company interconnection facilities; • modifications to the existing interconnection with the pipeline owned by the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company and Florida Gas Transmission Company; • modification of the existing surge protection sea wall to enclose the expanded terminal; • additional utility and support facilities; and • a new dock designed to receive barges transporting large equipment during construction. GLLC plans to initiate construction of the Project in June 2016 and complete 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:35 Aug 08, 2014 Jkt 232001 construction and initiate service of the first LNG liquefaction train in the third quarter of 2019. GLLC plans to have the second train constructed and operational by the second quarter of 2020. Land Requirements for Construction The Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project would be constructed on and adjacent to (north of) the existing Gulf LNG Terminal. The Project would require about 193 acres for construction, including some land within the existing Gulf LNG Terminal, and the use of previously established offsite storage areas. After construction, GLLC would maintain about 80 acres for operation of the Project, in addition to the land currently occupied by the existing terminal. The remaining 75 acres of construction wareyards would be offsite of the existing terminal and expansion area footprint due to space limitations. These off-site workspace areas would be restored and allowed to revert to their former uses. 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 under section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) for authorization to construct, install, and operate LNG facilities and under Section 3(a) of the NGA to import or export natural gas including LNG. 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 our analysis in the EIS on the important environmental issues. By this notice, the Commission requests public comments on the scope of issues to be addressed 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 Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project under the following general headings: • Geology and soils; • water resources; • wetlands and vegetation; • fish and wildlife; • threatened and endangered species; • land use, recreation, and visual resources; • air quality and noise; 2 ‘‘We,’’ ‘‘us,’’ and ‘‘our’’ refer to the environmental staff of the Commission’s Office of Energy Projects. PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • cultural resources; • socioeconomics; • reliability and safety; • engineering and design material; and • cumulative environmental impacts. We will also evaluate possible alternatives to the planned Project or portions of the Project in the EIS, and make recommendations on how to lessen or avoid impacts on affected resources. Although no formal application has been filed by GLLC, we have initiated our NEPA review under the Commission’s pre-filing process. The purpose of the pre-filing process is to encourage the early involvement of interested stakeholders 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. 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 6. 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, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Coast Guard have agreed to participate as cooperating agencies in the preparation of the EIS to satisfy their NEPA responsibilities related to this Project. 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 3 The Council on Environmental Quality regulations addressing cooperating agency responsibilities are at Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1501.6. E:\FR\FM\11AUN1.SGM 11AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 154 / Monday, August 11, 2014 / Notices notice to initiate consultation with the Office of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, which has been given the role of 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 in consultation with the SHPO as the Project develops. On natural gas facility projects, the Area of Potential Effects at a minimum encompasses all areas subject to ground disturbance (examples include contractor/pipe storage yards and access roads). Our EIS for the 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 many issues that we think deserve attention based on a preliminary review of the Project site and facilities and information provided by GLLC. The following preliminary list of key issues is not all inclusive and may be changed based on your comments and our analysis: • Evaluation of temporary and permanent impacts on wetlands and the development of appropriate mitigation; • potential impacts to fish and wildlife habitat, including potential impacts to federally and state-listed threatened and endangered species; • potential visual effects of the aboveground facilities on surrounding areas; • potential impacts and potential benefits of construction workforce on local housing, infrastructure, public services, transportation, and economy; • impacts on air quality and noise associated with construction and operation of the Project; and • public safety and hazards associated with the transport of natural gas and LNG. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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 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 17:35 Aug 08, 2014 Jkt 232001 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 September 1, 2014. This is not your only public input opportunity; please refer to the Environmental Review Process flow chart 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 No. (PF13–4–000) 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 with a mailing address on the Project. We will update the environmental mailing list as the PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46795 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 GLLC 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 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 planned 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 no. field (i.e., enter PF13– 4). 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/docsfiling/esubscription.asp. E:\FR\FM\11AUN1.SGM 11AUN1 46796 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 154 / Monday, August 11, 2014 / Notices 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. In addition, GLLC has also created a Project-specific Internet Web site at http://GulfLNG.kindermorgan.com. This Web site contains a description of the Project, information for landowners, Project updates, and other types of useful information. This Web site will be updated as the review of the Project proceeds. You can also request additional information or provide comments directly to GLLC at 1–800– 622–4481 or email glenn_sheffield@ kindermorgan.com. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–18897 Filed 8–8–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 13563–003] Juneau Hydropower, Inc.; Notice of Environmental Site Review On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, and Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at 8 a.m. Alaska Time Zone, Commission staff will be participating in an environmental site review (site review) for the Sweetheart Lake Hydroelectric Project in the City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska. The site review will consist of both a boat and aerial tour of the project site. All interested individuals, organizations, and agencies are invited to attend. Anyone with questions about the site review should contact Duff Mitchell of Juneau Hydropower, Inc. at 907–789–2775. Those individuals planning to participate in the site review should notify Mr. Mitchell of their intent no later than August 18, 2014. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Dated: August 5, 2014. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–18947 Filed 8–8–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Comment Date: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on August 22, 2014. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. PL03–3–000] Price Discovery in Natural Gas and Electric Markets; Notice of Filing Dated: August 1, 2014. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–18891 Filed 8–8–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P Take notice that on June 10, 2014, Canadian Enerdata Ltd. filed a request for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) to determine that its North American natural gas price reporting and index methodology and code of conduct meets all or substantially all of the requirements set forth in the Commission’s Policy Statement on Natural Gas and Electric Price Indices (Policy Statement) 1 and establishes minimum criteria for liquidity for particular index points for the indices to qualify for use in jurisdictional tariffs. Any person desiring to intervene or to protest these filings must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211, 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. Such notices, motions, or protests must be filed on or before the comment date. On or before the comment date, it is not necessary to serve motions to intervene or protests on persons other than the Applicant. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the ‘‘eFiling’’ link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 5copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. This filing is accessible on-line at http://www.ferc.gov, using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link and is available for review in the Commission’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an ‘‘eSubscription’’ link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive email notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please email FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, or call 1 Policy Statement on Natural Gas and Electric Price Indices, 104 FERC ¶ 61,121, at P 33 (2003) (Policy Statement). VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:35 Aug 08, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project Nos. 14276–001; AD13–9–000] Free Flow Power Project 92, LLC; Notice of Intent To File License Application, Filing of Pre-Application Document, and Approving Use of the Two-Year Licensing Process a. Type of Filing: Notice of Intent to File License Application and Request to Use the Two-Year Licensing Process. b. Project No.: 14276–001. c. Date Filed: May 5, 2014. d. Submitted By: Free Flow Power Project 92, LLC (FFP). e. Name of Project: Kentucky River Lock & Dam No. 11 Hydroelectric Project. f. Location: On the Kentucky River, in Estill and Madison Counties, Kentucky. No federal lands are occupied by the project works or located within the project boundary. g. Filed Pursuant to: 18 CFR part 5 of the Commission’s regulations and Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013. h. Potential Applicant Contact: Dan Lissner, Free Flow Power Corporation, 239 Causeway Street, Suite 300, Boston, MA 02114; (978) 252–7111; email— dlissner@free-flow-power.com. i. FERC Contact: Sarah Salazar at (202) 502–6863; or email at sarah.salazar@ferc.gov. j. On May 5, 2014, FFP filed a notice of intent to file an original license application, a pre-application document, and a request to be selected as a pilot project to test a two-year licensing process, pursuant to the requirements identified in the Commission’s January 6, 2014 Notice. The Commission provided public notice of the request on June 5, 2014. In a letter dated August 4, 2014, the Director of the Office of Energy Projects approved FFP’s request to use the proposed twoyear licensing process. k. 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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. PF13-4-000]


Gulf LNG Liquefaction Company, LLC, Gulf LNG Energy, LLC, Gulf 
LNG Pipeline, LLC; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Planned Gulf LNG 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 identify and address the environmental impacts that could result 
from the construction and operation of the Gulf LNG Liquefaction 
Project (Project) planned by Gulf LNG Liquefaction Company, LLC, Gulf 
LNG Energy, LLC, and Gulf LNG Pipeline, LLC (collectively GLLC). The 
Commission will use this EIS in its decision-making process to 
determine whether the Project is in the public interest.
    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 September 1, 2014.
    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, Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project, August 18, 2014, 6:00-8:00 
p.m., Pelican Landing Convention Center, 6217 Mississippi Highway 613, 
Moss Point, MS 39563, 228-474-1406.
    This public meeting is designed to provide you with more detailed 
information and another opportunity to offer your comments on the 
Project. GLLC representatives will be present one hour before the 
meeting (starting at 5:00 p.m.) to describe the Project, present maps, 
and answer questions. Interested groups and individuals are encouraged 
to attend the meeting and present comments on the issues they believe 
should be addressed in the EIS. A transcript of the meeting will be 
made so that your comments will be accurately recorded.
    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.
    If you are a landowner receiving this notice, a pipeline company 
representative may contact you about the acquisition of an easement to 
construct, operate, and maintain the planned facilities. The company 
would seek to negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement. However, if 
the Commission approves the Project, that approval conveys with it the 
right of eminent domain. Therefore, if easement negotiations fail to 
produce an agreement, the pipeline company could initiate condemnation 
proceedings where compensation would be determined in accordance with 
state law.
    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

    GLLC plans to expand the existing LNG import terminal in Jackson 
County, Mississippi to enable the terminal to liquefy natural gas (LNG) 
for export. The planned facility would have an export capacity of 
approximately 10 million metric tons per year (MTPY). The Project would 
use both the planned and existing facilities to liquefy domestic 
natural gas delivered by an existing interstate natural gas pipeline. 
The LNG

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would be stored in the existing import facility LNG storage tanks, and 
loaded and stored on LNG carriers at the existing marine berthing and 
LNG transfer facility. The terminal would retain its capability to 
import, store, regasify, and deliver natural gas into the existing 
interstate natural gas pipeline system. GLLC is not planning to 
increase the size or frequency of LNG carriers currently authorized to 
call on the existing terminal. The Project would require minor 
modifications to three existing Gulf LNG Interstate Pipeline 
interconnections and metering stations. The general locations of 
Project facilities are depicted in the figures included as Appendix 1 
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those receiving this notice in the mail and are available at 
www.ferc.gov using the link called ``eLibrary'' or from the 
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Washington, DC 20426, or call (202) 502-8371. For instructions on 
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    The Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project would include construction and 
operation of the following key facilities:
     Two liquefaction trains, with each train including a feed 
gas treatment unit, a heavy hydrocarbon removal unit, and a 
liquefaction unit (with a maximum LNG production capacity of 
approximately 5 million MTPY each);
     a new natural gas liquids (NGL) and refrigerant storage 
area;
     a new truck loading/unloading facility to unload 
refrigerants for transport to the storage area and to load NGLs 
produced during the gas liquefaction process;
     new in-tank LNG loading pumps in the existing LNG storage 
tanks to transfer LNG through the existing transfer lines to LNG 
carriers;
     minor changes to the piping of the marine loading arms to 
permit bi-directional flow;
     modifications to the existing metering stations at the 
existing Gulfstream Pipeline Company and Destin Pipeline Company 
interconnection facilities;
     modifications to the existing interconnection with the 
pipeline owned by the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company and 
Florida Gas Transmission Company;
     modification of the existing surge protection sea wall to 
enclose the expanded terminal;
     additional utility and support facilities; and
     a new dock designed to receive barges transporting large 
equipment during construction.
    GLLC plans to initiate construction of the Project in June 2016 and 
complete construction and initiate service of the first LNG 
liquefaction train in the third quarter of 2019. GLLC plans to have the 
second train constructed and operational by the second quarter of 2020.

Land Requirements for Construction

    The Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project would be constructed on and 
adjacent to (north of) the existing Gulf LNG Terminal. The Project 
would require about 193 acres for construction, including some land 
within the existing Gulf LNG Terminal, and the use of previously 
established offsite storage areas. After construction, GLLC would 
maintain about 80 acres for operation of the Project, in addition to 
the land currently occupied by the existing terminal. The remaining 75 
acres of construction wareyards would be offsite of the existing 
terminal and expansion area footprint due to space limitations. These 
off-site workspace areas would be restored and allowed to revert to 
their former uses.

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 under section 7(c) of 
the Natural Gas Act (NGA) for authorization to construct, install, and 
operate LNG facilities and under Section 3(a) of the NGA to import or 
export natural gas including LNG. 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 our analysis in the EIS on the important environmental issues. 
By this notice, the Commission requests public comments on the scope of 
issues to be addressed 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 
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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 Gulf LNG Liquefaction 
Project under the following general headings:
     Geology and soils;
     water resources;
     wetlands and vegetation;
     fish and wildlife;
     threatened and endangered species;
     land use, recreation, and visual resources;
     air quality and noise;
     cultural resources;
     socioeconomics;
     reliability and safety;
     engineering and design material; and
     cumulative environmental impacts.
    We will also evaluate possible alternatives to the planned Project 
or portions of the Project in the EIS, and make recommendations on how 
to lessen or avoid impacts on affected resources.
    Although no formal application has been filed by GLLC, we have 
initiated our NEPA review under the Commission's pre-filing process. 
The purpose of the pre-filing process is to encourage the early 
involvement of interested stakeholders 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.
    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 6.
    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, the U.S. Department 
of Transportation, and the U.S. Coast Guard have agreed to participate 
as cooperating agencies 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 
Regulations, Part 1501.6.
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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

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notice to initiate consultation with the Office of the Mississippi 
Department of Archives and History, which has been given the role of 
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 in 
consultation with the SHPO as the Project develops. On natural gas 
facility projects, the Area of Potential Effects at a minimum 
encompasses all areas subject to ground disturbance (examples include 
contractor/pipe storage yards and access roads). Our EIS for the 
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 many issues that we think deserve 
attention based on a preliminary review of the Project site and 
facilities and information provided by GLLC. The following preliminary 
list of key issues is not all inclusive and may be changed based on 
your comments and our analysis:
     Evaluation of temporary and permanent impacts on wetlands 
and the development of appropriate mitigation;
     potential impacts to fish and wildlife habitat, including 
potential impacts to federally and state-listed threatened and 
endangered species;
     potential visual effects of the aboveground facilities on 
surrounding areas;
     potential impacts and potential benefits of construction 
workforce on local housing, infrastructure, public services, 
transportation, and economy;
     impacts on air quality and noise associated with 
construction and operation of the Project; 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 
September 1, 2014. This is not your only public input opportunity; 
please refer to the Environmental Review Process flow chart 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 No. (PF13-4-000) 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 with a mailing address 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 GLLC 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 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 planned 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 no. field (i.e., enter 
PF13-4). 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/docs-filing/esubscription.asp.

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    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.
    In addition, GLLC has also created a Project-specific Internet Web 
site at http://GulfLNG.kindermorgan.com. This Web site contains a 
description of the Project, information for landowners, Project 
updates, and other types of useful information. This Web site will be 
updated as the review of the Project proceeds. You can also request 
additional information or provide comments directly to GLLC at 1-800-
622-4481 or email glenn_sheffield@kindermorgan.com.

Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
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