Grand River Dam Authority; Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Assessment, 68233-68234 [2014-26961]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 220 / Friday, November 14, 2014 / Notices provided under the Public Participation section of this notice. Consultations Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act In accordance with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s implementing regulations for section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, we are using this notice to initiate consultation with the applicable State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and to solicit their views and those of other government agencies, interested Indian tribes, and the public on the Project’s potential effects on historic properties.5 We will define the Project-specific Area of Potential Effects (APE) in consultation with the SHPO as the Project develops. On natural gas facility projects, the APE at a minimum encompasses all areas subject to ground disturbance (examples include construction right-of-way, contractor/ pipe storage yards, compressor stations, and access roads). Our EA for this Project will document our findings on the impacts on historic properties and summarize the status of consultations under Section 106. 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 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 December 8, 2014. For your convenience, there are three methods which you can use to submit your comments to the Commission. In all instances, please reference the Project docket number (PF14–16–000) 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 5 The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s 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 of Historic Places. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:37 Nov 13, 2014 Jkt 235001 method for interested persons to submit brief, text-only comments on a project; (2) You can 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. Environmental Mailing List The environmental mailing list includes federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; 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 planned 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. If we publish and distribute the EA, 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 CD version or would like to remove your name from the mailing list, please return the attached Information Request (Appendix 2). Becoming an Intervenor Once Columbia Gulf 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 PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68233 participates in the proceeding by filing a request to intervene. Instructions for becoming an intervenor are in the User’s Guide under the ‘‘eFiling’’ 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 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., PF14–16). 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 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. 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: November 6, 2014. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–26968 Filed 11–13–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 2524–021–OK] Grand River Dam Authority; Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Assessment In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (Commission or FERC) E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 68234 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 220 / Friday, November 14, 2014 / Notices regulations, 18 CFR part 380 (Order No. 486, 52 FR 47897), the Office of Energy Projects has reviewed Grand River Dam Authority’s application for license for the 260-megawatt (MW) Salina Pumped Storage Project (FERC Project No. 2524), located on Saline Creek and the Saline Creek arm of Lake Hudson on the Grand River, near the city of Salina in Mayes County, Oklahoma. The project does not occupy any Federal lands. Staff prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA), which analyzes the potential environmental effects of relicensing the project, and concludes that relicensing the project, with appropriate environmental protective measures, would not constitute a major federal action that would significantly affect the quality of the human environment. A copy of the draft EA is on file with the Commission and is available for public inspection. The draft may also be viewed on the Commission’s Web site at www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ ferc.gov or toll-free at 1–866–208–3676, or for TTY, 202–502–8659. You may also register online at www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. Comments on the draft EA should be filed within 30 days from the date of this notice. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file comments using the Commission’s eFiling system at 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 tollfree at 1–866–208–3676, or for TTY, 202–502–8659. In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. The first page of any filing should include docket number P–2524–021. For further information, contact Stephen Bowler by telephone at 202– 502–6861 or by email at stephen.bowler@ferc.gov or Jeanne VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:37 Nov 13, 2014 Jkt 235001 Edwards by telephone at 202–502–6181 or by email at jeanne.edwards@ferc.gov. Dated: November 4, 2014. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–26961 Filed 11–13–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP14–497–000] Dominion Transmission, Inc.; Supplemental Notice of Additional Public Scoping Period and Meeting for the Proposed New Market Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) will re-open the public scoping period and hold an additional public scoping meeting in Madison County, New York to receive comments on Dominion Transmission, Inc.’s (Dominion) New Market Project (Project), including alternative site locations under consideration for the proposed Sheds Compressor Station. The date, time, and location of the meeting is detailed in the table below. Date and time Location Thursday, November 20, 2014 6:30 PM.* Auditorium, Morrisville-Eaton Middle/ High School, 5061 Fearon Rd., Morrisville, NY 13408 * The school ground will be open to meeting attendees starting at 6:00 PM. In response to concerns raised regarding Dominion’s proposed Sheds Compressor Station location, FERC staff is considering additional compressor station site alternatives. These alternatives, which are described below, could affect new landowners; therefore, the FERC is issuing this supplemental notice to provide these landowners and other interested parties an opportunity to comment on the Project. FERC staff will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) that will discuss the environmental impacts of the Project involving construction and operation of facilities by Dominion in multiple counties in upstate New York. The Commission will use this EA in its decision-making process to determine whether the Project is in the public convenience and necessity. In addition to commenting at the public meeting, you may submit PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 comments in writing. Further details on how to submit written comments are provided in the Public Participation section of this notice. Your input will help the Commission staff determine what issues it needs to evaluate in the EA. Please note that the re-opened scoping period will close on December 5, 2014. This notice is being sent to the Commission’s current environmental mailing list for this Project, including landowners within 0.5 mile of Sheds Compressor Station alternative sites at West Wilcox Road (West Eaton) and DeRuyter. State and local government representatives should notify their constituents of this proposed 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 proposed 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. Dominion 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 the use of eminent domain and 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 Dominion proposes to construct and operate 2 new compressor stations and add additional compression and minor changes at 3 existing compressor stations. Dominion would also modify a meter station in Schenectady County, New York. Specifically, the New Market Project would consist of the following proposed facilities in New York: • Construction of the new Horseheads Compressor Station in Chemung County; • installation of gas coolers and filter/ separator at the existing Borger Compressor Station in Tompkins County; • construction of the new Sheds Compressor Station in Madison County; E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 220 (Friday, November 14, 2014)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-26961]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 2524-021-OK]


Grand River Dam Authority; Notice of Availability of Draft 
Environmental Assessment

    In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (Commission or FERC)

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regulations, 18 CFR part 380 (Order No. 486, 52 FR 47897), the Office 
of Energy Projects has reviewed Grand River Dam Authority's application 
for license for the 260-megawatt (MW) Salina Pumped Storage Project 
(FERC Project No. 2524), located on Saline Creek and the Saline Creek 
arm of Lake Hudson on the Grand River, near the city of Salina in Mayes 
County, Oklahoma. The project does not occupy any Federal lands.
    Staff prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA), which 
analyzes the potential environmental effects of relicensing the 
project, and concludes that relicensing the project, with appropriate 
environmental protective measures, would not constitute a major federal 
action that would significantly affect the quality of the human 
environment.
    A copy of the draft EA is on file with the Commission and is 
available for public inspection. The draft may also be viewed on the 
Commission's Web site at www.ferc.gov using the ``eLibrary'' link. 
Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket 
number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC 
Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll-free at 1-866-208-
3676, or for TTY, 202-502-8659.
    You may also register online at www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances 
related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC 
Online Support.
    Comments on the draft EA should be filed within 30 days from the 
date of this notice. The Commission strongly encourages electronic 
filing. Please file comments using the Commission's eFiling system at 
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. In lieu of electronic filing, please send a 
paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 
First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. The first page of any filing 
should include docket number P-2524-021.
    For further information, contact Stephen Bowler by telephone at 
202-502-6861 or by email at stephen.bowler@ferc.gov or Jeanne Edwards 
by telephone at 202-502-6181 or by email at jeanne.edwards@ferc.gov.

    Dated: November 4, 2014.
 Kimberly D. Bose,
 Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2014-26961 Filed 11-13-14; 8:45 am]
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