PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC; Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Penneast Pipeline Project, 19167-19168 [2016-07536]

Download as PDF 19167 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 64 / Monday, April 4, 2016 / Notices FERC FORM 6–Q—QUARTERLY FINANCIAL REPORT OF OIL COMPANIES Number of respondents Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden & cost per response 4 Total annual burden hours & total annual cost Cost per respondent ($) (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) 175 ....................................................................................... Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden and cost of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Dated: March 29, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. If a schedule change becomes necessary, additional notice will be provided so the relevant agencies are kept informed of the project’s progress. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Project Description [Docket No. CP15–558–000] PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC; Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Penneast Pipeline Project mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES markets in eastern and southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. On October 8, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) issued its Notice of Application for the project. Among other things, that notice alerted other agencies issuing federal authorizations of the requirement to complete all necessary reviews and to reach a final decision on the request for a federal authorization within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff’s final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the PennEast Pipeline Project. This instant notice identifies the FERC staff’s planned schedule for completion of the final EIS for the project. Issuance of Notice of Availability of the final EIS—December 16, 2016. 90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline—March 16, 2017. BILLING CODE 6717–01–P On September 24, 2015, PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC (PennEast) filed an application in Docket No. CP15–558– 000 under section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act seeking a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct, operate, and maintain a new natural gas pipeline system in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The proposed project is known as the PennEast Pipeline Project and will provide approximately 1.0 billion cubic feet per day of year-round transportation natural gas service to 4 The estimates for cost per response are derived using the 2015 FERC average salary plus benefits of $149,489/year (or $72.00/hour). Commission staff finds that the work done for this information collection is typically done by wage categories similar to those at FERC. 19:03 Apr 01, 2016 525 Schedule for Environmental Review [FR Doc. 2016–07537 Filed 4–1–16; 8:45 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 3 Jkt 238001 The project includes a total of 118.8 miles of pipeline and laterals composed of 115.0 miles of new, 36-inch-diameter pipeline extending from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania to Mercer County, New Jersey. The Project would also have three pipeline laterals: The 2.1-mile Hellertown Lateral consisting of 24inch-diameter pipeline in Northampton County, Pennsylvania; the 0.1-mile Gilbert Lateral consisting of 12-inchdiameter pipeline in Hunterdon County, Pennsylvania; and the 1.5-mile Lambertville Lateral consisting of 36inch-diameter pipeline in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. The proposed aboveground facilities consist of a new, 47,700 horsepower compressor station in Kidder Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. The project would also include the construction of 8 meter and regulator stations, 11 mainline valves, and 11 pig launcher/receiver sites. PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 150 $10,800 78,750 $5,670,000 32,400 Background On October 10, 2014, the Commission staff granted PennEast’s request to use the FERC’s Pre-filing environmental review process and assigned the PennEast Pipeline Project Docket No. PF15–1–000. On January 13, 2015, the Commission issued, in that docket, a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Planned PennEast Pipeline Project, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Notice of Public Scoping Meetings (NOI). The NOI was sent to affected landowners; federal, state, and local government agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes; other interested parties; and local libraries and newspapers. The primary issues raised by the commenters during scoping included concerns about potential impacts on agricultural farms, ground water resources on Sourland Region, protected conservation lands, threatened and endangered species, archaeological sites, forest (i.e., fragmentation), and impacts on property value. In addition, the added responsibility for emergency response teams; potential for arsenic release into groundwater; safety of local residents in the event of a pipeline incident; long-term impacts of compressor stations on human health and the environment; construction in karst areas; and need for alternatives were also raised. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration are cooperating agencies in the preparation of the EIS. Additional Information In order to receive notification of the issuance of the EIS and to keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets, the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription. This can reduce the amount of time you spend researching proceedings by automatically providing you with E:\FR\FM\04APN1.SGM 04APN1 19168 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 64 / Monday, April 4, 2016 / Notices notification of these filings, document summaries, and direct links to the documents. Go to www.ferc.gov/docsfiling/esubscription.asp. 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, select ‘‘General Search’’ from the eLibrary menu, enter the selected date range and ‘‘Docket Number’’ excluding the last three digits (i.e., CP15–558), and follow the instructions. For assistance with access to eLibrary, the helpline can be reached at (866) 208–3676, TTY (202) 502–8659, or at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov. The eLibrary link on the FERC Web site also provides access to the texts of formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rule makings. Dated: March 29, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–07536 Filed 4–1–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 12796–004] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES City of Wadsworth, Ohio; Notice of Teleconference a. Project Name and Number: R.C. Byrd Hydroelectric Project No. 12796. b. Date and Time of Meeting: Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). c. FERC Contact: Andy Bernick, andrew.bernick@ferc.gov or (202) 502– 8660. d. Purpose of Meeting: Commission staff will hold a teleconference to discuss: (1) The Indiana Bat and Northern Long Eared Bat Conservation Plan and Mussel Monitoring and Conservation Plan for the R.C. Byrd Hydroelectric Project, filed in draft form on June 23, 2015, by American Municipal Power, Inc. (or AMP, agent for the City of Wadsworth, Ohio); (2) the report entitled ‘‘Examining the Effect of Potential Water Velocities on Mussel Populations at R.C. Byrd Lock and Dam on the Ohio River (ORM 279.2)’’ prepared for AMP and filed on February 10, 2016; and (3) the current status of resolving the remaining information needs noted in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Ohio Ecological Services Field Office and West Virginia Field Office comments on the draft plans filed August 26, 2015. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:03 Apr 01, 2016 Jkt 238001 e. All local, state, and federal agencies, Indian tribes, and other interested parties are invited to participate by phone. Please call Andy Bernick at (202) 502–8660 by Thursday, April 21, 2016, to RSVP and to receive specific instructions on how to participate. Dated: March 29, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–07533 Filed 4–1–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 14744–000] Energy Resources USA, Inc.; Notice of Preliminary Permit Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments and Motions To Intervene On December 22, 2015, Energy Resources USA, Inc. (Energy Resources) filed an application for a preliminary permit, pursuant to section 4(f) of the Federal Power Act (FPA), proposing to study the feasibility of the Nolin Lake Dam Hydroelectric Project (Nolin Project or project) to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Nolin Lake Dam on the Nolin River in Edmonson County, Kentucky. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term. A preliminary permit does not authorize the permit holder to perform any land-disturbing activities or otherwise enter upon lands or waters owned by others without the owners’ express permission. The proposed project would consist of the following: (1) A control structure with three 9.5-foot-wide, 25-foot-long spill gates; (2) one 10-foot-diameter, 65foot-long penstock with a butterfly valve; (3) a bifurcation structure; (4) two 6.5-foot-diameter, 32-foot-long penstocks; (5) a powerhouse containing two generating units with a total capacity of 7 megawatts; (6) a 1000-footlong, 220-foot-wide tailrace; (7) a substation; and (8) a 3-mile-long, 69 kV transmission line. The proposed project would have an estimated average annual generation of 26,900 megawatt-hours, and operate as directed by the Corps. Applicant Contact: Mr. Ander Gonzalez, Energy Resources USA Inc., 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 804, Coral Gables, Florida 33134; Phone: (954) 248–8425; Email: agonzalez@ energyresources.es. PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FERC Contact: Christiane Casey; phone: (202) 502–8577. Deadline for filing comments and motions to intervene: 60 days from the issuance of this notice. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file comments and motions to intervene 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, (866) 208–3676 (toll free), or (202) 502–8659 (TTY). 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–14744–000. More information about this project, including a copy of the application, can be viewed or printed on the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link of the Commission’s Web site at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ elibrary.asp. Enter the docket number (P–14744) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. Dated: March 29, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–07534 Filed 4–1–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 14750–000] Energy Resources USA, Inc.; Notice of Preliminary Permit Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments and Motions To Intervene On December 22, 2015, Energy Resources USA, Inc. (Energy Resources) filed an application for a preliminary permit, pursuant to section 4(f) of the Federal Power Act (FPA), proposing to study the feasibility of the Lake Tuscaloosa Dam Hydroelectric Project (Lake Tuscaloosa Project or project) to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Lake Tuscaloosa Dam on the North River in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit E:\FR\FM\04APN1.SGM 04APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP15-558-000]


PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC; Notice of Schedule for 
Environmental Review of the Penneast Pipeline Project

    On September 24, 2015, PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC (PennEast) 
filed an application in Docket No. CP15-558-000 under section 7(c) of 
the Natural Gas Act seeking a Certificate of Public Convenience and 
Necessity to construct, operate, and maintain a new natural gas 
pipeline system in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The proposed project is 
known as the PennEast Pipeline Project and will provide approximately 
1.0 billion cubic feet per day of year-round transportation natural gas 
service to markets in eastern and southeastern Pennsylvania and New 
Jersey.
    On October 8, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 
(Commission or FERC) issued its Notice of Application for the project. 
Among other things, that notice alerted other agencies issuing federal 
authorizations of the requirement to complete all necessary reviews and 
to reach a final decision on the request for a federal authorization 
within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff's final 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the PennEast Pipeline Project. 
This instant notice identifies the FERC staff's planned schedule for 
completion of the final EIS for the project.

Schedule for Environmental Review

    Issuance of Notice of Availability of the final EIS--December 16, 
2016.
    90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline--March 16, 2017.

    If a schedule change becomes necessary, additional notice will be 
provided so the relevant agencies are kept informed of the project's 
progress.

Project Description

    The project includes a total of 118.8 miles of pipeline and 
laterals composed of 115.0 miles of new, 36-inch-diameter pipeline 
extending from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania to Mercer County, New 
Jersey. The Project would also have three pipeline laterals: The 2.1-
mile Hellertown Lateral consisting of 24-inch-diameter pipeline in 
Northampton County, Pennsylvania; the 0.1-mile Gilbert Lateral 
consisting of 12-inch-diameter pipeline in Hunterdon County, 
Pennsylvania; and the 1.5-mile Lambertville Lateral consisting of 36-
inch-diameter pipeline in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
    The proposed aboveground facilities consist of a new, 47,700 
horsepower compressor station in Kidder Township, Carbon County, 
Pennsylvania. The project would also include the construction of 8 
meter and regulator stations, 11 mainline valves, and 11 pig launcher/
receiver sites.

Background

    On October 10, 2014, the Commission staff granted PennEast's 
request to use the FERC's Pre-filing environmental review process and 
assigned the PennEast Pipeline Project Docket No. PF15-1-000. On 
January 13, 2015, the Commission issued, in that docket, a Notice of 
Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Planned 
PennEast Pipeline Project, Request for Comments on Environmental 
Issues, and Notice of Public Scoping Meetings (NOI). The NOI was sent 
to affected landowners; federal, state, and local government agencies; 
elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native 
American tribes; other interested parties; and local libraries and 
newspapers.
    The primary issues raised by the commenters during scoping included 
concerns about potential impacts on agricultural farms, ground water 
resources on Sourland Region, protected conservation lands, threatened 
and endangered species, archaeological sites, forest (i.e., 
fragmentation), and impacts on property value. In addition, the added 
responsibility for emergency response teams; potential for arsenic 
release into groundwater; safety of local residents in the event of a 
pipeline incident; long-term impacts of compressor stations on human 
health and the environment; construction in karst areas; and need for 
alternatives were also raised.
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, and U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous 
Materials Safety Administration are cooperating agencies in the 
preparation of the EIS.

Additional Information

    In order to receive notification of the issuance of the EIS and to 
keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets, 
the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription. This can 
reduce the amount of time you spend researching proceedings by 
automatically providing you with

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notification of these filings, document summaries, and direct links to 
the documents. Go to www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp.
    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, select 
``General Search'' from the eLibrary menu, enter the selected date 
range and ``Docket Number'' excluding the last three digits (i.e., 
CP15-558), and follow the instructions. For assistance with access to 
eLibrary, the helpline can be reached at (866) 208-3676, TTY (202) 502-
8659, or at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov. The eLibrary link on the FERC 
Web site also provides access to the texts of formal documents issued 
by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rule makings.

    Dated: March 29, 2016.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-07536 Filed 4-1-16; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6717-01-P