Empire Pipeline, Inc., National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation; Notice of Availability of the Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Tuscarora Lateral Project, 65929-65930 [2014-26390]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 215 / Thursday, November 6, 2014 / Notices International Development, and several Defense Agencies regarding disease control efforts and health surveillance in response to the public health emergency in West Africa. DoD has also specifically discussed these new information collections with representatives of the various Military Services, representing deploying military members who have participated in the development of the content of these forms. Affected Public: Individuals or Households. Annual Burden Hours: 480. Number of Respondents: 1,200. Responses per Respondent: 2. Average Burden per Response: 24 minutes. Frequency: On occasion. Respondents are DoD personnel (active duty service members, federal civilian employees and contractors). Using the DD2990 and DD2991, information will be collected from respondents during deployment and just prior to redeployment (return from deployment). 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[FR Doc. 2014–26369 Filed 11–5–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [Docket Nos. CP14–112–000, PF13–12–000] Empire Pipeline, Inc., National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation; Notice of Availability of the Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Tuscarora Lateral Project The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 Commission) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for the Tuscarora Lateral Project, proposed by Empire Pipeline, Inc. and National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation (collectively known as National Fuel) in the abovereferenced dockets. National Fuel requests authorization to construct and operate natural gas pipeline facilities in New York and Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The EA assesses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the Tuscarora Lateral Project in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FERC staff concludes that approval of the proposed project, with appropriate mitigating measures, would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. The New York Department of Agriculture and Markets participated as a cooperating agency in the preparation of the EA. Cooperating agencies have jurisdiction by law or special expertise with respect to resources potentially affected by a proposal and participate in the NEPA analysis. The proposed Tuscarora Lateral Project includes the following facilities: • 17.2 miles of 12.75- and 16-inchdiameter natural gas pipeline and interconnection facilities running from the existing Tuscarora Gas Compressor Station near Tuscarora, New York to the existing Tioga Pipeline Extension in Tioga County, Pennsylvania; • an expansion of the existing Tuscarora Compressor Station by installing an additional 1,384 horsepower of compression; and • replacement of the compressor wheels in the existing turbine-powered compressors at Empire’s existing Oakfield Compressor Station in the Town of Oakfield, Genesee County, New York. The FERC staff mailed copies of the EA to federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes; potentially affected landowners and other interested individuals and groups; newspapers and libraries in the Project area; and parties to this proceeding. In addition, the EA is available for public viewing on the FERC’s Web site (www.ferc.gov) using the eLibrary link. A limited number of copies of the EA 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. PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65929 Any person wishing to comment on the EA may do so. 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 the Commission has the opportunity to consider your comments prior to making its decision on this project, it is important that we receive your comments in Washington, DC on or before December 1, 2014. For your convenience, there are three methods you can use to file your comments to the Commission. In all instances, please reference the project docket number (CP14–112–000) 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 on the Commission’s Web site (www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. This is an easy method for submitting brief, text-only comments on a project; (2) You can also file your comments electronically using the eFiling feature 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. Any person seeking to become a party to the proceeding must file a motion to intervene pursuant to Rule 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedures (18 CFR 385.214).1 Only intervenors have the right to seek rehearing of the Commission’s decision. The Commission grants affected landowners and others with environmental concerns intervenor status upon showing good cause by stating that they have a clear and direct interest in this proceeding which no other party can adequately represent. Simply filing environmental comments 1 See the previous discussion on the methods for filing comments. E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 65930 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 215 / Thursday, November 6, 2014 / Notices will not give you intervenor status, but you do not need intervenor status to have your comments considered. 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., CP14– 112). 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. Dated: October 31, 2014. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–26390 Filed 11–5–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP14–539–000] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Ozark Gas Transmission, LLC; Supplemental Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Ozark Abandonment Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues On October 7, 2014, the Commission issued a ‘‘Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Ozark Abandonment Project, And Request for Comments on Environmental Issues’’ (NOI). It has come to our attention that the environmental mailing list was not provided copies of the NOI; therefore we are issuing this Supplemental NOI to extend the scoping period and provide additional time for interested parties to file comments on environmental issues. The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 05, 2014 Jkt 235001 Commission) will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) that will discuss the environmental impacts of the Ozark Abandonment Project (Project) involving abandonment of facilities by Ozark Gas Transmission, LLC (Ozark). The Commission will use this EA in its decision-making process to determine whether the project is in the public convenience and necessity. The Commission and cooperating agencies continue to gather input from the public and interested agencies on the Project. This process is referred to as scoping. Your input will help the Commission staff determine what issues they need to evaluate in the EA. The original NOI identified November 6, 2014 as the close of the scoping period. Please note that the scoping period is now extended and will close on December 1, 2014. 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 the 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 proposed facilities. Ozark provided landowners with a fact sheet prepared by the FERC entitled ‘‘An Interstate Natural Gas Facility On My Land? What Do I Need To Know?’’ This fact sheet addresses a number of typically-asked questions, including how to participate in the Commission’s proceedings. It is also available for viewing on the FERC Web site (www.ferc.gov). Summary of the Proposed Project Ozark proposes to abandon in place and remove from service approximately 159 miles of mainline natural gas pipeline facilities between Sebastian and White Counties, Arkansas. In addition, Ozark would disconnect and abandon 29 associated metering and regulating facilities and other appurtenant facilities, as necessary. Ozark is proposing to abandon the aforementioned facilities due to underutilization and lack of market interest. Specifically, Ozark would abandon in place the following facilities: • 127.5 miles of 20-inch-diameter Line 1 in Franklin, Johnson, Pope, Conway, Faulkner, and White Counties from mile post (MP) 127.52 to MP 0.00; • 26.4 miles of 10-inch-diameter Line 2 in Sebastian, Franklin, and Logan Counties From MP 0.00 to MP 26.37; • 4.8 miles of 12-inch-diameter Line 1–A in White County from MP 0.00 to MP 4.75; PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • 29 associated metering and regulating facilities, located along Line 1, 2, and 1–A, in Franklin, Logan, Johnson, Pope, Conway, Faulkner, and White Counties; and other appurtenant facilities, as necessary. The general location of the facilities to be abandoned is shown in appendix 1.1 Land Requirements for Abandonment The abandonment activities, including excavation and ground disturbance, would disturb about 23.6 acres of land, of which 22.7 acres would be within existing facility sites operated by Ozark. The remaining acreage of impact would be within Ozark’s existing easements, pipeline right of way, or original construction corridor. Following construction, only existing sites at Noark and Searcy Compressor Stations and the existing permanent pipeline right-of-way would continue to be maintained. All land disturbed outside of existing sites or permanent pipeline right of way would be restored and return to former uses. Future Use of the Abandoned Pipeline Facilities Following the abandonment, Ozark indicates that several parties would perform activities that are not under the jurisdiction of the FERC. In the EA, we will provide available descriptions of the non-jurisdictional facilities and include them under our analysis of cumulative impacts. After abandonment, Ozark would transfer the assets to an affiliate, which would lease the facilities to Magellan Pipeline Company, L.P (Magellan) for refined petroleum products transportation service. The affiliate and Magellan would undertake conversion work on the abandoned lines to prepare them for refined petroleum transportation. Additionally, after abandonment, Ozark’s existing customer, SourceGas, would construct, install, and operate about 6.3 miles of new 2-inch- and 6inch-diameter pipeline laterals and perform a meter station upgrade in Logan County in order to transfer SoureGas’ existing firm service on the abandoned facilities to an economically viable transportation alternative. Furthermore, Ozark Gas Gathering, LLC (OGG) would make reconnections on 1 The appendices referenced in this notice will not appear in the Federal Register. Copies of 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. E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket Nos. CP14-112-000, PF13-12-000]


Empire Pipeline, Inc., National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation; 
Notice of Availability of the Environmental Assessment for the Proposed 
Tuscarora Lateral Project

    The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or 
Commission) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for the 
Tuscarora Lateral Project, proposed by Empire Pipeline, Inc. and 
National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation (collectively known as National 
Fuel) in the above-referenced dockets. National Fuel requests 
authorization to construct and operate natural gas pipeline facilities 
in New York and Tioga County, Pennsylvania.
    The EA assesses the potential environmental effects of the 
construction and operation of the Tuscarora Lateral Project in 
accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy 
Act (NEPA). The FERC staff concludes that approval of the proposed 
project, with appropriate mitigating measures, would not constitute a 
major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human 
environment.
    The New York Department of Agriculture and Markets participated as 
a cooperating agency in the preparation of the EA. Cooperating agencies 
have jurisdiction by law or special expertise with respect to resources 
potentially affected by a proposal and participate in the NEPA 
analysis.
    The proposed Tuscarora Lateral Project includes the following 
facilities:
     17.2 miles of 12.75- and 16-inch-diameter natural gas 
pipeline and interconnection facilities running from the existing 
Tuscarora Gas Compressor Station near Tuscarora, New York to the 
existing Tioga Pipeline Extension in Tioga County, Pennsylvania;
     an expansion of the existing Tuscarora Compressor Station 
by installing an additional 1,384 horsepower of compression; and
     replacement of the compressor wheels in the existing 
turbine-powered compressors at Empire's existing Oakfield Compressor 
Station in the Town of Oakfield, Genesee County, New York.
    The FERC staff mailed copies of the EA to federal, state, and local 
government representatives and agencies; elected officials; 
environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes; 
potentially affected landowners and other interested individuals and 
groups; newspapers and libraries in the Project area; and parties to 
this proceeding. In addition, the EA is available for public viewing on 
the FERC's Web site (www.ferc.gov) using the eLibrary link. A limited 
number of copies of the EA 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.
    Any person wishing to comment on the EA may do so. 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 the Commission has the opportunity to consider your 
comments prior to making its decision on this project, it is important 
that we receive your comments in Washington, DC on or before December 
1, 2014.
    For your convenience, there are three methods you can use to file 
your comments to the Commission. In all instances, please reference the 
project docket number (CP14-112-000) 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 on the Commission's Web site (www.ferc.gov) under the link to 
Documents and Filings. This is an easy method for submitting brief, 
text-only comments on a project;
    (2) You can also file your comments electronically using the 
eFiling feature 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.
    Any person seeking to become a party to the proceeding must file a 
motion to intervene pursuant to Rule 214 of the Commission's Rules of 
Practice and Procedures (18 CFR 385.214).\1\ Only intervenors have the 
right to seek rehearing of the Commission's decision. The Commission 
grants affected landowners and others with environmental concerns 
intervenor status upon showing good cause by stating that they have a 
clear and direct interest in this proceeding which no other party can 
adequately represent. Simply filing environmental comments

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will not give you intervenor status, but you do not need intervenor 
status to have your comments considered.
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comments.
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    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., CP14-
112). 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.

    Dated: October 31, 2014.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2014-26390 Filed 11-5-14; 8:45 am]
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