Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission, LLC; Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Transco to Charleston Project, 49970-49971 [2016-18040]

Download as PDF 49970 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 146 / Friday, July 29, 2016 / Notices beginning of this notice. Interested parties are invited to submit comments via the online tool as outlined in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Issued in Washington, DC on July 14, 2016. AnnaMaria Garcia, Director, Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. [FR Doc. 2016–17751 Filed 7–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC16–13–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–547); Comment Request; Extension Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. AGENCY: Notice of information collection and request for comments. ACTION: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the currently approved information collection, FERC–547 (Gas Pipeline Rates: Refund Report Requirements). SUMMARY: Comments on the collection of information are due September 27, 2016. DATES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC16–13–000) by either of the following methods: • eFiling at Commission’s Web site: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ efiling.asp. • Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. Instructions: All submissions must be formatted and filed in accordance with submission guidelines at: http:// www.ferc.gov/help/submissionguide.asp. For user assistance contact FERC Online Support by email at ferconlinesupport@ferc.gov, or by phone at: (866) 208–3676 (toll-free), or (202) 502–8659 for TTY. Docket: Users interested in receiving automatic notification of activity in this docket or in viewing/downloading comments and issuances in this docket may do so at http://www.ferc.gov/docsfiling/docs-filing.asp. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Brown may be reached by email at DataClearance@FERC.gov, telephone at (202) 502–8663, and fax at (202) 273– 0873. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Gas Pipeline Rates: Refund Report Requirements. OMB Control No.: 1902–0084. Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC–547 information collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting requirements. Abstract: The Commission uses FERC–547 (Gas Pipeline Rates: Refund Report Requirements) to implement the statutory refund provisions governed by Sections 4, 5 and 16 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA).1 Sections 4 and 5 authorize the Commission to order a refund (with interest) for any portion of a natural gas company’s increased rate or charge found to be unjust or unreasonable. Refunds may also be instituted by a natural gas company as a stipulation to a Commission-approved settlement agreement or a provision under the company’s tariff. Section 16 of the NGA authorizes the Commission to prescribe rules and regulations necessary to administer its refund mandates. The Commission’s refund reporting requirements are located in 18 CFR 154.501 and 154.502. The Commission uses the data to monitor refunds owed by natural gas companies to ensure that the flowthrough of refunds owed by these companies are made as expeditiously as possible and to assure that refunds are made in compliance with the Commission’s regulations. Type of Respondents: Natural gas companies. Estimate of Annual Burden: 2 The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden for the information collection as: FERC—547: GAS PIPELINE RATES: REFUND REPORT REQUIREMENTS Annual number of responses per respondent Total humber of responses Average burden & cost per response 5 Total annual burden hours & total annual cost Cost per respondent ($) (1) Number of respondents (2) (1)×(2)=(3) (4) (3)*(4)=(5) (5)÷(1) 11 1 11 75 hrs.; $5,587.50 ....... 825 hrs.; $61,462.50 ... $5,587.50 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Natural Gas Pipelines .. 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 1 15 U.S.C. 717–717w. Commission defines burden as the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or 2 The VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:42 Jul 28, 2016 Jkt 238001 the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Dated: July 25, 2016. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [Docket No. CP16–98–000; PF15–29–000] [FR Doc. 2016–18039 Filed 7–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission, LLC; Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Transco to Charleston Project On March 9, 2016, Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission, LLC (Dominion) filed provide information to or for a Federal agency. For further explanation of what is included in the information collection burden, reference 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3. PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3 The cost is based on FERC’s 2016 average cost (salary plus benefits) of $74.50/hour. The Commission staff believes that the industry’s level and skill set is comparable to FERC. E:\FR\FM\29JYN1.SGM 29JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 146 / Friday, July 29, 2016 / Notices an application in Docket No. CP16–98– 000 requesting a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity pursuant to Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act to construct and operate certain natural gas pipeline facilities. The proposed project is known as the Transco to Charleston Project (Project), and would provide firm transportation service of 80,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/day) to local commercial, industrial, and power generation customers. On March 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) issued its Notice of Application for the Project. Among other things, that notice alerted agencies issuing federal authorizations of the requirement to complete all necessary reviews and to reach a final decision on a request for a federal authorization within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff’s Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Project. This instant notice identifies the FERC staff’s planned schedule for the completion of the EA for the Project. Schedule for Environmental Review Issuance of EA September 19, 2016 90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline December 18, 2016 If a schedule change becomes necessary, additional notice will be provided so that the relevant agencies are kept informed of the Project’s progress. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Project Description Dominion would construct and operate 55 miles of 12-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline in Spartanburg, Laurens, Newberry, and Greenwood Counties, South Carolina; 5 miles of 4inch-diameter natural gas pipeline in Dillon County, South Carolina; a new 3,600-horsepower (hp) compressor station in Dorchester County, South Carolina; add 2,800 hp of compression at an existing compressor station in Spartanburg County, South Carolina; modify operation at an existing compressor station in Aiken County, South Carolina; and construct and operate support facilities in Aiken, Charleston, Dillon, Dorchester, Greenwood, Laurens, Newberry, and Spartanburg Counties, South Carolina. Background On October 30, 2015, the Commission issued a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Planned Transco to Charleston Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues (NOI). The NOI was issued during the pre-filing review of the Project in Docket No. PF15–29– 000 and was sent to affected VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:42 Jul 28, 2016 Jkt 238001 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. In response to the NOI, the Commission received comments from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Columbia South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Electric and Gas Company, the Natural Gas Supply Association, Upstate Forever, and 20 landowners. The primary issues raised by the commentors are potential crossings of private lands, wildlife species and habitat, and water quality, as well as general support for, and opposition to, the Project. Additional Information In order to receive notification of the issuance of the EA 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 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., CP16–98), 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: July 25, 2016. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–18040 Filed 7–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49971 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP15–558–000] PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC; Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Penneast Pipeline Project The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the PennEast Pipeline Project, proposed by PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC (PennEast) in the abovereferenced docket. PennEast requests authorization to construct and operate a 118.8-mile-long pipeline to provide 1.1 million dekatherms per day (MMDth/d) of year-round natural gas transportation service from northern Pennsylvania to markets in eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and surrounding states. The draft EIS assesses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the PennEast Pipeline Project in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FERC staff concludes that approval of the proposed project, with the mitigation measures recommended in the EIS, would result in some adverse environmental impacts, but impacts would be reduced to less-thansignificant levels with the implementation of PennEast’s proposed and FERC staff recommended mitigation measures. This determination is based on a review of the information provided by PennEast and further developed from data requests; field investigations; scoping; literature research; alternatives analysis; and contacts with federal, state, and local agencies as well as Indian tribes and individual members of the public. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration participated as cooperating agencies in the preparation of the EIS. Cooperating agencies have jurisdiction by law or special expertise with respect to resources potentially affected by the proposal and participate in the NEPA analysis. Although these agencies provided input to the conclusions and recommendations presented in the draft EIS, the agencies will present their own conclusions and E:\FR\FM\29JYN1.SGM 29JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP16-98-000; PF15-29-000]


Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission, LLC; Notice of Schedule for 
Environmental Review of the Transco to Charleston Project

    On March 9, 2016, Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission, LLC 
(Dominion) filed

[[Page 49971]]

an application in Docket No. CP16-98-000 requesting a Certificate of 
Public Convenience and Necessity pursuant to Section 7(c) of the 
Natural Gas Act to construct and operate certain natural gas pipeline 
facilities. The proposed project is known as the Transco to Charleston 
Project (Project), and would provide firm transportation service of 
80,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/day) to local commercial, industrial, 
and power generation customers.
    On March 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 
(Commission or FERC) issued its Notice of Application for the Project. 
Among other things, that notice alerted agencies issuing federal 
authorizations of the requirement to complete all necessary reviews and 
to reach a final decision on a request for a federal authorization 
within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff's 
Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Project. This instant notice 
identifies the FERC staff's planned schedule for the completion of the 
EA for the Project.

Schedule for Environmental Review

Issuance of EA September 19, 2016
90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline December 18, 2016

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

Project Description

    Dominion would construct and operate 55 miles of 12-inch-diameter 
natural gas pipeline in Spartanburg, Laurens, Newberry, and Greenwood 
Counties, South Carolina; 5 miles of 4-inch-diameter natural gas 
pipeline in Dillon County, South Carolina; a new 3,600-horsepower (hp) 
compressor station in Dorchester County, South Carolina; add 2,800 hp 
of compression at an existing compressor station in Spartanburg County, 
South Carolina; modify operation at an existing compressor station in 
Aiken County, South Carolina; and construct and operate support 
facilities in Aiken, Charleston, Dillon, Dorchester, Greenwood, 
Laurens, Newberry, and Spartanburg Counties, South Carolina.

Background

    On October 30, 2015, the Commission issued a Notice of Intent to 
Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Planned Transco to 
Charleston Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues 
(NOI). The NOI was issued during the pre-filing review of the Project 
in Docket No. PF15-29-000 and 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. In response to the NOI, 
the Commission received comments from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the 
Columbia South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina 
Electric and Gas Company, the Natural Gas Supply Association, Upstate 
Forever, and 20 landowners. The primary issues raised by the commentors 
are potential crossings of private lands, wildlife species and habitat, 
and water quality, as well as general support for, and opposition to, 
the Project.

Additional Information

    In order to receive notification of the issuance of the EA 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 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., 
CP16-98), 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: July 25, 2016.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-18040 Filed 7-28-16; 8:45 am]
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