Texas Gas Transmission, LLC; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Northern Supply Access Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, 54779-54781 [2015-22916]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 176 / Friday, September 11, 2015 / Notices Minnesota, and prepared an environmental assessment (EA). In the EA, Commission staff analyze the potential environmental effects of licensing the project and conclude that licensing the project, with appropriate measures, would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. A copy of the EA is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may 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 number 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. For further information, please contact Shana Murray by telephone at (202) 502–8333 or by email at Shana.Murray@ferc.gov. Dated: September 4, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2015–22918 Filed 9–10–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP15–513–000] rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Texas Gas Transmission, LLC; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Northern Supply Access Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) that will discuss the environmental impacts of the Northern Supply Access Project (Project), which would involve construction and operation of facilities by Texas Gas Transmission, LLC (Texas Gas) in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The Commission will use this EA in its decision-making process to determine whether the Project is in the public convenience and necessity. This notice announces the opening of the scoping process the Commission VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:14 Sep 10, 2015 Jkt 235001 will use to gather input from the public and interested agencies on the Project. You can make a difference by providing use 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. Your input will help the Commission staff determine what issues need to be evaluated in the EA. 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 October 5, 2015. If you sent comments on this project to the Commission before the opening of this docket on June 5, 2015, you will need to file those comments in Docket No. CP15–513–000 to ensure they are considered as part of this proceeding. 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 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 and the Project is approved, the pipeline company could initiate condemnation proceedings where compensation would be determined in accordance with state law. Texas Gas 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). Public Participation 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 number (CP15–513–000) with your submission. The Commission encourages electronic filing of comments and has expert staff available to assist you at (202) 502–8258 or PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54779 efiling@ferc.gov. Please carefully follow these instruction so that your comments are properly recorded. (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 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.’’ If you are filing a comment on a particular project, please select ‘‘Comment on a Filing’’ as the filing type; 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. Summary of the Planned Project Texas Gas proposes to construct, install, own, operate, and maintain the proposed Northern Supply Access Project, which (as described more fully below) would involve modifications at eight existing compressor stations along its existing pipeline and one new compressor station located in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The project is designed to provide an additional 384,000 million standard cubic feet of natural gas per day of north to south transportation capacity on Texas Gas’s system while maintaining bi-directional flow capability on its system. Texas Gas proposes to modify seven existing compressor stations located in Lawrence and Dearborn Counties, Indiana; Webster, Breckinridge, and Jefferson Counties, Kentucky; Tipton County, Tennessee; and Coahoma County, Mississippi, by installing yard and station pipeline and various auxiliary facilities. Texas Gas also proposes to modify the existing Bastrop Compressor Station in Morehouse Parish, Louisiana by classifying four existing compressor units as back-up units (a total of 7,040 horsepower) and adding one new 9,688 horsepower turbine compressor unit. The Project also includes the construction and operation of the new 23,877 horsepower Harrison Compressor Station in Hamilton County, Ohio. E:\FR\FM\11SEN1.SGM 11SEN1 54780 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 176 / Friday, September 11, 2015 / Notices The general location of the Project facilities is shown in Appendix 1.1 Land Requirements for Construction Construction of the proposed facilities would disturb about 146 acres of land. Following construction, Texas Gas would retain about 13 acres to operate the new facilities, the remaining acreage would be restored and revert to former uses. The EA Process rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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. NEPA also requires us 2 to discover and address concerns the public may have about proposals. This discovery process is referred to as ‘‘scoping’’. The main goal of the scoping process is to focus the analysis in the EA on the important environmental issues. By this notice, the Commission requests public comments on the scope of the issues to address in the EA. We will consider all filed comments during the preparation of the EA. In the EA we will discuss impacts that could occur as a result of the construction and operation and maintenance of the planned Project under these general headings: • Geology and soils; • water resources, fisheries, and wetlands; • vegetation and wildlife, including migratory birds; • endangered and threatened species; • land use, including residential, commercial, and prime farmland uses; • cultural resources; • socioeconomics; • air quality and noise; • public safety; and • cumulative impacts. We will also evaluate reasonable alternatives to the proposed Project or portions of the Project, and make recommendations on how to lessen or avoid impacts on the various resource areas. The EA will present our independent analysis of the issues. The EA will be available in the public record through 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. 2 ‘‘We,’’ ‘‘us,’’ and ‘‘our’’ refer to the environmental staff of the Commission’s Office of Energy Projects. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:14 Sep 10, 2015 Jkt 235001 eLibrary. Depending on the comments received durin ghte scoping process, we may also publish and distribute the EA to the public for an allotted comment period. We will consider all comments on the EA before making our recommendations to the Commission. To ensure we have the opportunity to consider and address your comments, please carefully follow the instructions in the Public Participation section of this notice, beginning on page 2. 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 EA.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. 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 applicable State Historic Preservation Offices (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.4 We will define the Project-specific Area of Potential Effects (APE) in consultation with the SHPOs 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. 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 3 The Council on Environmental Quality regulations addressing cooperating agency responsibilities are at Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1501.6. 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 of Historic Places. PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 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 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 in the ‘‘Document-less Intervention Guide’’ under the ‘‘e-filing’’ link on the Commission’s Web site. Motions to intervene are more fully described at http://www.ferc.gov/ resources/guides/how-to/intervene.asp. 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 Number field (i.e., CP15– 513). 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 that E:\FR\FM\11SEN1.SGM 11SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 176 / Friday, September 11, 2015 / Notices 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. 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: September 4, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2015–22916 Filed 9–10–15; 8:45 pm] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP15–498–000] rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment For the Proposed System Reliability Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) that will discuss the environmental impacts of the System Reliability Project involving construction and operation of facilities by Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company (Eastern Shore) in Kent, New Castle, and Sussex Counties, Delaware. The Commission will use this EA in its decision-making process to determine whether the project is in the public convenience and necessity. 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. 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. Your input will help the Commission staff determine what issues they need to evaluate in the EA. 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 October 5, 2015. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:14 Sep 10, 2015 Jkt 235001 If you sent comments on this project to the Commission before the opening of this docket on May 22, 2015, you will need to file those comments in Docket No. CP15–498–000 to ensure they are considered as part of this proceeding. 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 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. Eastern Shore 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). Public Participation For your convenience, there are three methods you can use to submit your comments to the Commission. The Commission encourages electronic filing of comments and has expert staff available to assist you at (202) 502–8258 or efiling@ferc.gov. Please carefully follow these instructions so that your comments are properly recorded. (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 file your comments electronically by 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.’’ If you are filing PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54781 a comment on a particular project, please select ‘‘Comment on a Filing’’ as the filing type; or (3) You can file a paper copy of your comments by mailing them to the following address. Be sure to reference the project docket number (CP15–498– 000) with your submission: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426. Summary of the Proposed Project Eastern Shore proposes to construct and operate 10.1 miles of new natural gas pipeline loops 1 in New Castle and Kent County, Delaware, and modify its existing Bridgeville Compressor Station in Sussex County, Delaware. According to Eastern Shore, its project would increase the reliability of natural gas to Eastern Shore’s existing customers during high demand winter months; this need was not fully met in 2014 and 2015 and resulted in gas service ‘‘brown outs.’’ The Eastern Shore System Reliability Project would consist of the following facilities: • 2.5 miles of 16-inch-diameter looping pipeline in New Castle County; • pigging facilities 2 at the existing Glasgow Control Station in New Castle County; • about 7.6 miles of 16-inch diameter looping pipeline, one mainline valve assembly, pigging facilities, and one permanent access road in Kent County; and • an additional 1,775 horsepower of compression, a new operations control station, and one permanent access road at the existing Bridgeville Compressor Station in Sussex County. The general location of the project facilities is shown in appendix 1.3 Land Requirements for Construction Construction of the proposed facilities would disturb about 156.7 acres of land for the aboveground facilities and the pipeline. Following construction, Eastern Shore would maintain about 1 A pipeline loop is a segment of pipe constructed parallel to an existing pipeline to increase capacity. 2 A ‘‘pig’’ is a tool that the pipeline company inserts into and pushes through the pipeline for cleaning the pipeline, conducting internal inspections, or other purposes. A pipeline loop is a segment of pipe constructed parallel to an existing pipeline to increase capacity. 3 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\11SEN1.SGM 11SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 176 (Friday, September 11, 2015)]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP15-513-000]


Texas Gas Transmission, LLC; Notice of Intent To Prepare an 
Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Northern Supply Access 
Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues

    The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or 
Commission) will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) that will 
discuss the environmental impacts of the Northern Supply Access Project 
(Project), which would involve construction and operation of facilities 
by Texas Gas Transmission, LLC (Texas Gas) in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, 
Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The Commission will use this EA 
in its decision-making process to determine whether the Project is in 
the public convenience and necessity.
    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. You can make a difference by providing use 
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. Your input will help the Commission staff determine what 
issues need to be evaluated in the EA. 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 October 5, 
2015.
    If you sent comments on this project to the Commission before the 
opening of this docket on June 5, 2015, you will need to file those 
comments in Docket No. CP15-513-000 to ensure they are considered as 
part of this proceeding.
    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 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 and the Project is approved, the pipeline company 
could initiate condemnation proceedings where compensation would be 
determined in accordance with state law.
    Texas Gas 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).

Public Participation

    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 number (CP15-513-000) 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. 
Please carefully follow these instruction so that your comments are 
properly recorded.
    (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 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.'' If you are filing a comment on a particular project, 
please select ``Comment on a Filing'' as the filing type; 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.

Summary of the Planned Project

    Texas Gas proposes to construct, install, own, operate, and 
maintain the proposed Northern Supply Access Project, which (as 
described more fully below) would involve modifications at eight 
existing compressor stations along its existing pipeline and one new 
compressor station located in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, 
Mississippi, and Louisiana. The project is designed to provide an 
additional 384,000 million standard cubic feet of natural gas per day 
of north to south transportation capacity on Texas Gas's system while 
maintaining bi-directional flow capability on its system.
    Texas Gas proposes to modify seven existing compressor stations 
located in Lawrence and Dearborn Counties, Indiana; Webster, 
Breckinridge, and Jefferson Counties, Kentucky; Tipton County, 
Tennessee; and Coahoma County, Mississippi, by installing yard and 
station pipeline and various auxiliary facilities. Texas Gas also 
proposes to modify the existing Bastrop Compressor Station in Morehouse 
Parish, Louisiana by classifying four existing compressor units as 
back-up units (a total of 7,040 horsepower) and adding one new 9,688 
horsepower turbine compressor unit. The Project also includes the 
construction and operation of the new 23,877 horsepower Harrison 
Compressor Station in Hamilton County, Ohio.

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    The general location of the Project facilities is shown in Appendix 
1.\1\
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    \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.
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Land Requirements for Construction

    Construction of the proposed facilities would disturb about 146 
acres of land. Following construction, Texas Gas would retain about 13 
acres to operate the new facilities, the remaining acreage would be 
restored and revert to former uses.

The EA 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. NEPA also requires us 
\2\ to discover and address concerns the public may have about 
proposals. This discovery process is referred to as ``scoping''. The 
main goal of the scoping process is to focus the analysis in the EA on 
the important environmental issues. By this notice, the Commission 
requests public comments on the scope of the issues to address in the 
EA. We will consider all filed comments during the preparation of the 
EA.
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    \2\ ``We,'' ``us,'' and ``our'' refer to the environmental staff 
of the Commission's Office of Energy Projects.
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    In the EA we will discuss impacts that could occur as a result of 
the construction and operation and maintenance of the planned Project 
under these general headings:
     Geology and soils;
     water resources, fisheries, and wetlands;
     vegetation and wildlife, including migratory birds;
     endangered and threatened species;
     land use, including residential, commercial, and prime 
farmland uses;
     cultural resources;
     socioeconomics;
     air quality and noise;
     public safety; and
     cumulative impacts.
    We will also evaluate reasonable alternatives to the proposed 
Project or portions of the Project, and make recommendations on how to 
lessen or avoid impacts on the various resource areas.
    The EA will present our independent analysis of the issues. The EA 
will be available in the public record through eLibrary. Depending on 
the comments received durin ghte scoping process, we may also publish 
and distribute the EA to the public for an allotted comment period. We 
will consider all comments on the EA before making our recommendations 
to the Commission. To ensure we have the opportunity to consider and 
address your comments, please carefully follow the instructions in the 
Public Participation section of this notice, beginning on page 2.
    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 EA.\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.
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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 notice to initiate consultation 
with applicable State Historic Preservation Offices (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.\4\ We will define the Project-specific Area of 
Potential Effects (APE) in consultation with the SHPOs 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.
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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 of Historic 
Places.
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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 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 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

    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 in 
the ``Document-less Intervention Guide'' under the ``e-filing'' link on 
the Commission's Web site. Motions to intervene are more fully 
described at http://www.ferc.gov/resources/guides/how-to/intervene.asp.

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 Number field (i.e., CP15-
513). 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 that

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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.
    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: September 4, 2015.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2015-22916 Filed 9-10-15; 8:45 pm]
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