Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, Equitrans LP; Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Mountain Valley Project and Equitrans Expansion Project, 66268-66271 [2016-23237]

Download as PDF 66268 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 187 / Tuesday, September 27, 2016 / Notices Dated: September 21, 2016. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, or call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Comment Date: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 11, 2016. [FR Doc. 2016–23233 Filed 9–26–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P Dated: September 19, 2016. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY [FR Doc. 2016–23235 Filed 9–26–16; 8:45 am] Federal Energy Regulatory Commission BILLING CODE 6717–01–P [Docket No. ID–8008–000] asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Hastings, Michael W.; Notice of Filing Take notice that on September 19, 2016, Michael W. Hastings submitted for filing, an application for authority to hold interlocking positions, pursuant to section 305(b) of the Federal Power Act (FPA), 16 U.S.C. 825d(b), Part 45 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (Commission) Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR part 45, and Order No. 664.1 Any person desiring to intervene or to protest this filing must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211, 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. Such notices, motions, or protests must be filed on or before the comment date. On or before the comment date, it is not necessary to serve motions to intervene or protests on persons other than the Applicant. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the ‘‘eFiling’’ link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 5 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. This filing is accessible on-line at http://www.ferc.gov, using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link and is available for electronic review in the Commission’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an ‘‘eSubscription’’ link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive email notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please email 1 Commission Authorization to Hold Interlocking Positions, 112 FERC ¶ 61,298 (2005) (Order No. 664); order on reh’g, 114 FERC ¶ 61,142 (2006) (Order No. 664–A). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:08 Sep 26, 2016 Jkt 238001 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP16–10–000; Docket No. CP16–13–000] Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, Equitrans LP; Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Mountain Valley Project and Equitrans Expansion Project The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the projects proposed by Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (Mountain Valley) and Equitrans LP (Equitrans) in the above-referenced dockets. Mountain Valley requests authorization to construct and operate certain interstate natural gas facilities in West Virginia and Virginia, known as the Mountain Valley Project (MVP) in Docket Number CP16–10–000. The MVP is designed to transport about 2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas from production areas in the Appalachian Basin to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States. Equitrans requests authorization to construct and operate certain natural gas facilities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, known as the Equitrans Expansion Project (EEP) in Docket No. CP16–13–000. The EEP is designed to transport about 0.4 Bcf/d of natural gas, to improve system flexibility and reliability, and serve markets in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast, through interconnections with various other interstate systems, including the proposed MVP. The draft EIS assesses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the MVP and EEP in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FERC staff concludes that approval of the MVP and EEP would have some adverse environmental impacts; however, these impacts would be PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 reduced with the implementation of Mountain Valley’s and Equitrans’ proposed mitigation measures, and the additional measures recommended by the FERC staff in the EIS. The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service (FS), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, and West Virginia Division of Natural Resources 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 proposals and participated in the NEPA analysis. The BLM, COE, and FS may adopt and use the EIS when they consider the issuance of a Right-of-Way Grant to Mountain Valley for the portion of the MVP that would cross federal lands. Further, the FS may use the EIS when it considers amendments to its Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) for the proposed crossing of the Jefferson National Forest. Although the cooperating agencies provided input to the conclusions and recommendations presented in the draft EIS, the agencies will present their own conclusions and recommendations in their respective permit authorizations and Records of Decision (ROD) for the projects. Proposed Facilities The draft EIS addresses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the proposed facilities. For the MVP, facilities include: • About 301 miles of new 42-inchdiameter pipeline extending from the new Mobley Interconnect in Wetzel County, West Virginia to the existing Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company LLC (Transco) Station 165 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia; • 3 new compressor stations (Bradshaw, Harris, Stallworth) in West Virginia, totaling about 171,600 horsepower (hp); • 4 new meter and regulation stations and interconnections (Mobley, Sherwood, WB, and Transco); • 2 new taps (Webster and Roanoke); • 5 pig 1 launchers and receivers; and • 36 mainline block valves. For the EEP, facilities include: • About 8 miles total of new various diameter pipelines in six segments; 1 A ‘‘pig’’ is a device used to clean or inspect the interior of a pipeline. E:\FR\FM\27SEN1.SGM 27SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 187 / Tuesday, September 27, 2016 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES • new Redhook Compressor Station, in Greene County, Pennsylvania, with 31,300 hp of compression; • 4 new taps (Mobley, H–148, H–302, H–306) and 1 new interconnection (Webster); • 4 pig launchers and receivers; and • decommissioning and abandonment of the existing 4,800 hp Pratt Compressor Station in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Actions of the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service The BLM’s purpose and need for the proposed action is to respond to a Rightof-Way Grant application submitted by Mountain Valley on April 5, 2016. Under the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 the Secretary of the Interior has delegated authority to the BLM to grant a right-of-way in response to the Mountain Valley application for natural gas transmission on federal lands under the jurisdiction of two or more federal agencies. Before issuing the Right-ofWay Grant, the BLM must receive the written concurrence of the other surface managing federal agencies (i.e., FS and COE) in accordance with Title 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 2882.3(i). Through this concurrence process, the FS and COE would submit to the BLM any specific stipulations applicable to their lands, facilities, waterbodies, and easements for inclusion in the Right-of-Way Grant. The FS’s purpose and need for the proposed action is to consider issuing a concurrence to the BLM for the Rightof-Way Grant and to evaluate the amendments to the LRMP for the Jefferson National Forest that would make provision for the MVP pipeline if the FS decides to concur and BLM decides to issue a Right-of-Way Grant. The first type of LRMP amendment would be a ‘‘plan-level amendment’’ that would change land allocations. This would change future management direction for the lands reallocated to the new management prescription (Rx) and is required by LRMP Standard FW–248. Proposed Amendment 1: The LRMP would be amended to reallocate 186 acres to the Management Prescription 5C—Designated Utility Corridors from these Rxs: 4J—Urban/Suburban Interface (56 acres); 6C—Old Growth Forest Communities-Disturbance Associated (19 ac); and 8A1—Mix of Successional Habitats in Forested Landscapes (111 acres). Rx 5C—Designated Utility Corridors contain special uses which serve a public benefit by providing a reliable supply of electricity, natural gas, or water essential to local, regional, and national economies. The new Rx 5C VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:08 Sep 26, 2016 Jkt 238001 land allocation would be 500 feet wide (250 feet wide on each side of the pipeline), with two exceptions: (1) The area where the pipeline crosses Rx 4A— Appalachian National Scenic Trail Corridor would remain in Rx 4A; and (2) the new 5C area would not cross into Peters Mountain Wilderness so the Rx 5C area would be less than 500 feet wide along the boundary of the Wilderness. The second type of amendment would be a ‘‘project-specific amendment’’ that would apply only to the construction and operation of this pipeline. The following amendments would grant a temporary ‘waiver’ to allow the project to proceed. These amendments would not change LRMP requirements for other projects or authorize any other actions. Proposed Amendment 2: The LRMP would be amended to allow construction of the MVP pipeline to exceed restrictions on soil conditions and riparian corridor conditions as described in LRMP standards FW–5, FW–9, FW–13, FW–14 and 11–017, provided that mitigation measures or project requirements agreed upon by the Forest Service are implemented as needed. Proposed Amendment 3: The LRMP would be amended to allow the removal of old growth trees within the construction corridor of the MVP pipeline. (reference LRMP Standard FW–77) Proposed Amendment 4: The LRMP would be amended to allow the MVP pipeline to cross the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (ANST) on Peters Mountain. The Scenic Integrity Objective (SIO) for the Rx 4A area and the ANST will be changed from High to Moderate. This amendment also requires the SIO of Moderate to be achieved within five to ten years following completion of the project to allow for vegetation growth. (reference LRMP Standards 4A–021 and 4A–028). The decision for a Right-of-Way Grant across federal lands would be documented in a ROD issued by the BLM. The BLM’s decision to issue, condition, or deny a right-of-way would be subject to BLM administrative review procedures established in 43 CFR 2881.10 and Section 313(b) of the Energy Policy Act. The FS concurrence to BLM to issue the Right-of-Way Grant would not be a decision subject to NEPA, and therefore would not be subject to FS administrative review procedures. The FS would issue its own ROD for the LRMP amendments. The Forest Supervisor for the Jefferson National Forest would be the Responsible Official for the LRMP amendments. Proposed Amendment 1 PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 66269 was developed in accordance to 36 CFR 219 (2012 version) regulations and would be subject to the administrative review procedures under 36 CFR 219 Subpart B. Proposed Amendments 2, 3 and 4 were developed in accordance to 36 CFR 219 (2012) regulations but would be subject to the administrative review procedures under 36 CFR 218 regulations Subparts A and B, per 36 CFR 219.59(b). The BLM is requesting public comments on the issuance of a Right-ofWay Grant that would allow the MVP pipeline to be constructed on federal lands managed by the FS and COE. The FS is requesting public comments on the consideration of submitting a concurrence to BLM and the draft amendments of the LRMP to allow the MVP pipeline to cross the Jefferson National Forest. All comments must be submitted to the FERC, the lead federal agency, within the timeframe stated in this Notice of Availability. Refer to Docket CP16–10–000 (MVP) in all correspondence to ensure that your comments are correctly filed in the record. You may submit comments to the FERC using one of the four methods listed below in this notice. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comments, you should be aware that the entire text of your comments—including your personal identifying information— would be publicly available through the FERC eLibrary system, if you file your comments with the Secretary of the Commission. Distribution and Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement The FERC staff mailed copies of the draft EIS to federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; regional environmental groups and nongovernmental organizations; potentially interested Native Americans and Indian tribes; affected landowners; local newspapers and libraries; parties to this proceeding; and members of the public who submitted comments about the projects. Paper copy versions of this draft EIS were mailed to those specifically requesting them; all others received a compact-disc version. In addition, the draft EIS is available for public viewing on the FERC’s Web site (www.ferc.gov).2 A limited number of copies are available for distribution and public inspection at: Federal Energy 2 Go to ‘‘Documents & Filings,’’ click on ‘‘eLibrary,’’ use ‘‘General Search’’ and put in the Docket numbers (CP16–10 or CP16–13) and date of issuance (09/16/16). E:\FR\FM\27SEN1.SGM 27SEN1 66270 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 187 / Tuesday, September 27, 2016 / Notices Regulatory Commission, Public Reference Room, 888 First Street NE., Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426, (202) 502–8371. Any person wishing to comment on the draft EIS may do so. To ensure consideration of your comments on the proposal in the final EIS, it is important that the Commission receive your comments on or before December 22, 2016. For your convenience, there are four methods you can use to submit your comments to the Commission. The Commission will provide equal consideration to all comments received, whether filed in written form or provided verbally. 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 & 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 & 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. Be sure to reference the project docket number (CP16–10– 000 or CP16–13–000) with your submission: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426. (4) In lieu of sending written or electronic comments, the Commission invites you to attend one of the public sessions its staff will conduct in the project area to receive verbal comments on the draft EIS. To ensure that interested parties have ample opportunity to attend, the FERC staff has arranged for seven public sessions, at venues spaced a reasonable driving distance apart, and scheduled as listed below. There will not be a formal presentation by Commission staff at any of the seven public comment sessions, although a format outline handout will be made available. All public sessions will begin at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. If you wish to provide verbal comments, the Commission staff will hand out numbers in the order of your arrival, and will discontinue handing them out at 8:00 p.m. Comments will be taken until 10:00 p.m. However, if no additional numbers have been handed out and all individuals who wish to provide comments have had an opportunity to do so, staff may conclude the session at 8:00 p.m. The primary goal of the public sessions is to allow individuals to provide verbal comments on the draft EIS. Individual verbal comments will be taken on a one-on-one basis with a stenographer (with FERC staff or representative present), called up in the order of the numbers received. Because we anticipate considerable interest from concerned citizens, this format is designed to receive the maximum amount of verbal comments, in a convenient way during the timeframe allotted. If many people are interested in providing verbal comments in the oneon-one setting at any particular session, a time limit of 3 minutes may be implemented for each commenter. Your verbal comments will be recorded by the stenographer. Transcripts of all comments from the sessions will be placed into the dockets for the projects, which are accessible for public viewing on the FERC’s Web site (at www.ferc.gov) through our eLibrary system. FERC SPONSORED PUBLIC SESSIONS IN THE PROJECT AREA TO TAKE COMMENTS ON THE DRAFT EIS Location a Date Tuesday, November 1, 2016 ............................... Tuesday, November 1, 2016 ............................... Wednesday, November 2, 2016 ......................... Wednesday, November 2, 2016 ......................... Thursday, November 3, 2016 ............................. Thursday, November 3, 2016 ............................. Wednesday, November 9, 2016 ......................... Chatham High School, 100 Cavalier Circle, Chatham, VA 24531, 434–432–8305. Lewis County High School, 205 Minuteman Drive, Weston, WV 26452, 304–269–8315. Franklin County High School, 700 Taynard Road, Rocky Mount, VA 24151, 540–483–0221. Nicholas County High School, 30 Grizzly Road, Summersville, WV 26651, 304–872–2141. Sheraton Hotel, 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017, 540–563–9300. Peterstown Elementary School, 108 College Drive, Peterstown, WV 24963, 304–753–4328. California Area High School, 11 Trojan Way, Coal Center, PA 15423, 724–785–5800. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES a While we have agreements with the venues, contracts have not yet been finalized with the individual Boards of Education. If a School Board declines to sign the contract, the venue may change and the FERC would issue a revised notice to announce the replacement venue. Commission staff will be available at each venue of the public sessions to answer questions about our environmental review process. It is important to note that written comments mailed to the Commission and those submitted electronically are reviewed by staff with the same scrutiny and consideration as the verbal comments given at the public sessions. 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 part 385.214).3 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 will not give you intervenor status, but you do not need intervenor status to have your comments considered. 3 See the previous discussion on the methods for filing comments. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:08 Sep 26, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Questions? Additional information about the projects is available from the Commission’s Office of External Affairs, at (866) 208–FERC, or on the FERC Web site (www.ferc.gov). The eLibrary link provides access to all documents filed in a docket, in addition to the texts of formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rulemakings. Go to ‘‘Documents & Filings,’’ click on the eLibrary link, click on ‘‘General Search,’’ and enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the field (i.e., CP16–10). Be sure you have selected an appropriate date range. For assistance, please E:\FR\FM\27SEN1.SGM 27SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 187 / Tuesday, September 27, 2016 / Notices contact FERC Online Support at FercOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free at (866) 208–3676; for TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. In addition, the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription that 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: September 16, 2016. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–23237 Filed 9–26–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. This filing is accessible on-line at http://www.ferc.gov, using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link and is available for electronic review in the Commission’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an ‘‘eSubscription’’ link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive email notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please email FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, or call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Comment Date: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 11, 2016. Dated: September 19, 2016. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY [FR Doc. 2016–23234 Filed 9–26–16; 8:45 am] Federal Energy Regulatory Commission BILLING CODE 6717–01–P 66271 The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the ‘‘eFiling’’ link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 5 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. This filing is accessible on-line at http://www.ferc.gov, using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link and is available for electronic review in the Commission’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an ‘‘eSubscription’’ link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive email notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please email FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, or call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Comment Date: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 11, 2016. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Dated: September 19, 2016. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [FR Doc. 2016–23236 Filed 9–26–16; 8:45 am] [Docket No. ID–8007–000] asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Burke, John J., Jr.; Notice of Filing Take notice that on September 19, 2016, John J. Burke, Jr. submitted for filing, an application for authority to hold interlocking positions, pursuant to section 305(b) of the Federal Power Act (FPA), 16 U.S.C. 825d(b), Part 45 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (Commission) Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR part 45, and Order No. 664.1 Any person desiring to intervene or to protest this filing must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211, 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. Such notices, motions, or protests must be filed on or before the comment date. On or before the comment date, it is not necessary to serve motions to intervene or protests on persons other than the Applicant. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the ‘‘eFiling’’ link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 5 copies 1 Commission Authorization to Hold Interlocking Positions, 112 FERC ¶ 61,298 (2005) (Order No. 664); order on reh’g, 114 FERC ¶ 61,142 (2006) (Order No. 664–A). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:08 Sep 26, 2016 Jkt 238001 BILLING CODE 6717–01–P [Docket No. ID–8009–000] Williamson, Belvin, Jr.; Notice of Filing Take notice that on September 19, 2016, Belvin Williamson, Jr. submitted for filing, an application for authority to hold interlocking positions, pursuant to section 305(b) of the Federal Power Act (FPA), 16 U.S.C. 825d(b), Part 45 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (Commission) Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR part 45, and Order No. 664.1 Any person desiring to intervene or to protest this filing must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211, 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. Such notices, motions, or protests must be filed on or before the comment date. On or before the comment date, it is not necessary to serve motions to intervene or protests on persons other than the Applicant. 1 Commission Authorization to Hold Interlocking Positions, 112 FERC ¶ 61,298 (2005) (Order No. 664); order on reh’g, 114 FERC ¶ 61,142 (2006) (Order No. 664–A). PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–R05–OAR–2016–0135; EPA–R05– OAR–2016–0269; EPA–R05–OAR–2016– 0372; EPA–R05–OAR–2016–0396; FRL– 9953–10–Region 5] Adequacy Status of the ClevelandAkron-Lorain and Columbus, Ohio Areas and the Ohio and Indiana Portions of the Cincinnati IndianaOhio-Kentucky Area Submitted 8-Hour Ozone Redesignation Requests and Maintenance Plans for Transportation Conformity Purposes Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of adequacy. AGENCY: In this notice, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notifying the public that we have found that the motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and oxides of nitrogen (NOX) in the Cleveland-AkronLorain and Columbus, Ohio ozone nonattainment areas, and the Indiana and Ohio portions of the Cincinnati Indiana-Ohio-Kentucky ozone nonattainment area are adequate for use in transportation conformity determinations under the Clean Air Act (CAA). Ohio submitted redesignation SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27SEN1.SGM 27SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP16-10-000; Docket No. CP16-13-000]


Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, Equitrans LP; Notice of 
Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the 
Proposed Mountain Valley Project and Equitrans Expansion Project

    The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or 
Commission) has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) 
for the projects proposed by Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (Mountain 
Valley) and Equitrans LP (Equitrans) in the above-referenced dockets. 
Mountain Valley requests authorization to construct and operate certain 
interstate natural gas facilities in West Virginia and Virginia, known 
as the Mountain Valley Project (MVP) in Docket Number CP16-10-000. The 
MVP is designed to transport about 2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) 
of natural gas from production areas in the Appalachian Basin to 
markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States. Equitrans 
requests authorization to construct and operate certain natural gas 
facilities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, known as the Equitrans 
Expansion Project (EEP) in Docket No. CP16-13-000. The EEP is designed 
to transport about 0.4 Bcf/d of natural gas, to improve system 
flexibility and reliability, and serve markets in the Northeast, Mid-
Atlantic, and Southeast, through interconnections with various other 
interstate systems, including the proposed MVP.
    The draft EIS assesses the potential environmental effects of the 
construction and operation of the MVP and EEP in accordance with the 
requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FERC 
staff concludes that approval of the MVP and EEP would have some 
adverse environmental impacts; however, these impacts would be reduced 
with the implementation of Mountain Valley's and Equitrans' proposed 
mitigation measures, and the additional measures recommended by the 
FERC staff in the EIS.
    The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service (FS), 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency, U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 
(BLM), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Virginia Department of 
Environmental Protection, and West Virginia Division of Natural 
Resources 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 
proposals and participated in the NEPA analysis. The BLM, COE, and FS 
may adopt and use the EIS when they consider the issuance of a Right-
of-Way Grant to Mountain Valley for the portion of the MVP that would 
cross federal lands. Further, the FS may use the EIS when it considers 
amendments to its Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) for the 
proposed crossing of the Jefferson National Forest. Although the 
cooperating agencies provided input to the conclusions and 
recommendations presented in the draft EIS, the agencies will present 
their own conclusions and recommendations in their respective permit 
authorizations and Records of Decision (ROD) for the projects.

Proposed Facilities

    The draft EIS addresses the potential environmental effects of the 
construction and operation of the proposed facilities. For the MVP, 
facilities include:
     About 301 miles of new 42-inch-diameter pipeline extending 
from the new Mobley Interconnect in Wetzel County, West Virginia to the 
existing Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company LLC (Transco) Station 
165 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia;
     3 new compressor stations (Bradshaw, Harris, Stallworth) 
in West Virginia, totaling about 171,600 horsepower (hp);
     4 new meter and regulation stations and interconnections 
(Mobley, Sherwood, WB, and Transco);
     2 new taps (Webster and Roanoke);
     5 pig \1\ launchers and receivers; and
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     36 mainline block valves.
    For the EEP, facilities include:
     About 8 miles total of new various diameter pipelines in 
six segments;

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     new Redhook Compressor Station, in Greene County, 
Pennsylvania, with 31,300 hp of compression;
     4 new taps (Mobley, H-148, H-302, H-306) and 1 new 
interconnection (Webster);
     4 pig launchers and receivers; and
     decommissioning and abandonment of the existing 4,800 hp 
Pratt Compressor Station in Greene County, Pennsylvania.

Actions of the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service

    The BLM's purpose and need for the proposed action is to respond to 
a Right-of-Way Grant application submitted by Mountain Valley on April 
5, 2016. Under the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 the Secretary of the 
Interior has delegated authority to the BLM to grant a right-of-way in 
response to the Mountain Valley application for natural gas 
transmission on federal lands under the jurisdiction of two or more 
federal agencies. Before issuing the Right-of-Way Grant, the BLM must 
receive the written concurrence of the other surface managing federal 
agencies (i.e., FS and COE) in accordance with Title 43 Code of Federal 
Regulations (CFR) Part 2882.3(i). Through this concurrence process, the 
FS and COE would submit to the BLM any specific stipulations applicable 
to their lands, facilities, waterbodies, and easements for inclusion in 
the Right-of-Way Grant.
    The FS's purpose and need for the proposed action is to consider 
issuing a concurrence to the BLM for the Right-of-Way Grant and to 
evaluate the amendments to the LRMP for the Jefferson National Forest 
that would make provision for the MVP pipeline if the FS decides to 
concur and BLM decides to issue a Right-of-Way Grant.
    The first type of LRMP amendment would be a ``plan-level 
amendment'' that would change land allocations. This would change 
future management direction for the lands reallocated to the new 
management prescription (Rx) and is required by LRMP Standard FW-248.
    Proposed Amendment 1: The LRMP would be amended to reallocate 186 
acres to the Management Prescription 5C--Designated Utility Corridors 
from these Rxs: 4J--Urban/Suburban Interface (56 acres); 6C--Old Growth 
Forest Communities-Disturbance Associated (19 ac); and 8A1--Mix of 
Successional Habitats in Forested Landscapes (111 acres).
    Rx 5C--Designated Utility Corridors contain special uses which 
serve a public benefit by providing a reliable supply of electricity, 
natural gas, or water essential to local, regional, and national 
economies. The new Rx 5C land allocation would be 500 feet wide (250 
feet wide on each side of the pipeline), with two exceptions: (1) The 
area where the pipeline crosses Rx 4A--Appalachian National Scenic 
Trail Corridor would remain in Rx 4A; and (2) the new 5C area would not 
cross into Peters Mountain Wilderness so the Rx 5C area would be less 
than 500 feet wide along the boundary of the Wilderness.
    The second type of amendment would be a ``project-specific 
amendment'' that would apply only to the construction and operation of 
this pipeline. The following amendments would grant a temporary 
`waiver' to allow the project to proceed. These amendments would not 
change LRMP requirements for other projects or authorize any other 
actions.
    Proposed Amendment 2: The LRMP would be amended to allow 
construction of the MVP pipeline to exceed restrictions on soil 
conditions and riparian corridor conditions as described in LRMP 
standards FW-5, FW-9, FW-13, FW-14 and 11-017, provided that mitigation 
measures or project requirements agreed upon by the Forest Service are 
implemented as needed.
    Proposed Amendment 3: The LRMP would be amended to allow the 
removal of old growth trees within the construction corridor of the MVP 
pipeline. (reference LRMP Standard FW-77)
    Proposed Amendment 4: The LRMP would be amended to allow the MVP 
pipeline to cross the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (ANST) on 
Peters Mountain. The Scenic Integrity Objective (SIO) for the Rx 4A 
area and the ANST will be changed from High to Moderate. This amendment 
also requires the SIO of Moderate to be achieved within five to ten 
years following completion of the project to allow for vegetation 
growth. (reference LRMP Standards 4A-021 and 4A-028).
    The decision for a Right-of-Way Grant across federal lands would be 
documented in a ROD issued by the BLM. The BLM's decision to issue, 
condition, or deny a right-of-way would be subject to BLM 
administrative review procedures established in 43 CFR 2881.10 and 
Section 313(b) of the Energy Policy Act. The FS concurrence to BLM to 
issue the Right-of-Way Grant would not be a decision subject to NEPA, 
and therefore would not be subject to FS administrative review 
procedures. The FS would issue its own ROD for the LRMP amendments. The 
Forest Supervisor for the Jefferson National Forest would be the 
Responsible Official for the LRMP amendments. Proposed Amendment 1 was 
developed in accordance to 36 CFR 219 (2012 version) regulations and 
would be subject to the administrative review procedures under 36 CFR 
219 Subpart B. Proposed Amendments 2, 3 and 4 were developed in 
accordance to 36 CFR 219 (2012) regulations but would be subject to the 
administrative review procedures under 36 CFR 218 regulations Subparts 
A and B, per 36 CFR 219.59(b).
    The BLM is requesting public comments on the issuance of a Right-
of-Way Grant that would allow the MVP pipeline to be constructed on 
federal lands managed by the FS and COE. The FS is requesting public 
comments on the consideration of submitting a concurrence to BLM and 
the draft amendments of the LRMP to allow the MVP pipeline to cross the 
Jefferson National Forest. All comments must be submitted to the FERC, 
the lead federal agency, within the timeframe stated in this Notice of 
Availability. Refer to Docket CP16-10-000 (MVP) in all correspondence 
to ensure that your comments are correctly filed in the record. You may 
submit comments to the FERC using one of the four methods listed below 
in this notice. Before including your address, phone number, email 
address, or other personal identifying information in your comments, 
you should be aware that the entire text of your comments--including 
your personal identifying information--would be publicly available 
through the FERC eLibrary system, if you file your comments with the 
Secretary of the Commission.

Distribution and Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement

    The FERC staff mailed copies of the draft EIS to federal, state, 
and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; 
regional environmental groups and non-governmental organizations; 
potentially interested Native Americans and Indian tribes; affected 
landowners; local newspapers and libraries; parties to this proceeding; 
and members of the public who submitted comments about the projects. 
Paper copy versions of this draft EIS were mailed to those specifically 
requesting them; all others received a compact-disc version. In 
addition, the draft EIS is available for public viewing on the FERC's 
Web site (www.ferc.gov).\2\ A limited number of copies are available 
for distribution and public inspection at: Federal Energy

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``General Search'' and put in the Docket numbers (CP16-10 or CP16-
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    Any person wishing to comment on the draft EIS may do so. To ensure 
consideration of your comments on the proposal in the final EIS, it is 
important that the Commission receive your comments on or before 
December 22, 2016.
    For your convenience, there are four methods you can use to submit 
your comments to the Commission. The Commission will provide equal 
consideration to all comments received, whether filed in written form 
or provided verbally. 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 & 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 & 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. Be sure to reference the project docket number 
(CP16-10-000 or CP16-13-000) with your submission: Kimberly D. Bose, 
Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., 
Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426.
    (4) In lieu of sending written or electronic comments, the 
Commission invites you to attend one of the public sessions its staff 
will conduct in the project area to receive verbal comments on the 
draft EIS. To ensure that interested parties have ample opportunity to 
attend, the FERC staff has arranged for seven public sessions, at 
venues spaced a reasonable driving distance apart, and scheduled as 
listed below.
    There will not be a formal presentation by Commission staff at any 
of the seven public comment sessions, although a format outline handout 
will be made available. All public sessions will begin at 5:00 p.m. 
Eastern time. If you wish to provide verbal comments, the Commission 
staff will hand out numbers in the order of your arrival, and will 
discontinue handing them out at 8:00 p.m. Comments will be taken until 
10:00 p.m. However, if no additional numbers have been handed out and 
all individuals who wish to provide comments have had an opportunity to 
do so, staff may conclude the session at 8:00 p.m.
    The primary goal of the public sessions is to allow individuals to 
provide verbal comments on the draft EIS. Individual verbal comments 
will be taken on a one-on-one basis with a stenographer (with FERC 
staff or representative present), called up in the order of the numbers 
received. Because we anticipate considerable interest from concerned 
citizens, this format is designed to receive the maximum amount of 
verbal comments, in a convenient way during the timeframe allotted. If 
many people are interested in providing verbal comments in the one-on-
one setting at any particular session, a time limit of 3 minutes may be 
implemented for each commenter.
    Your verbal comments will be recorded by the stenographer. 
Transcripts of all comments from the sessions will be placed into the 
dockets for the projects, which are accessible for public viewing on 
the FERC's Web site (at www.ferc.gov) through our eLibrary system.

 FERC Sponsored Public Sessions in the Project Area To Take Comments on
                              the Draft EIS
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               Date                             Location \a\
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016.........  Chatham High School, 100 Cavalier
                                     Circle, Chatham, VA 24531, 434-432-
                                     8305.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016.........  Lewis County High School, 205
                                     Minuteman Drive, Weston, WV 26452,
                                     304-269-8315.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016.......  Franklin County High School, 700
                                     Taynard Road, Rocky Mount, VA
                                     24151, 540-483-0221.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016.......  Nicholas County High School, 30
                                     Grizzly Road, Summersville, WV
                                     26651, 304-872-2141.
Thursday, November 3, 2016........  Sheraton Hotel, 2801 Hershberger
                                     Road, Roanoke, VA 24017, 540-563-
                                     9300.
Thursday, November 3, 2016........  Peterstown Elementary School, 108
                                     College Drive, Peterstown, WV
                                     24963, 304-753-4328.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016.......  California Area High School, 11
                                     Trojan Way, Coal Center, PA 15423,
                                     724-785-5800.
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\a\ While we have agreements with the venues, contracts have not yet
  been finalized with the individual Boards of Education. If a School
  Board declines to sign the contract, the venue may change and the FERC
  would issue a revised notice to announce the replacement venue.

    Commission staff will be available at each venue of the public 
sessions to answer questions about our environmental review process. It 
is important to note that written comments mailed to the Commission and 
those submitted electronically are reviewed by staff with the same 
scrutiny and consideration as the verbal comments given at the public 
sessions.
    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 part 385.214).\3\ 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 
will not give you intervenor status, but you do not need intervenor 
status to have your comments considered.
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Questions?

    Additional information about the projects is available from the 
Commission's Office of External Affairs, at (866) 208-FERC, or on the 
FERC Web site (www.ferc.gov). The eLibrary link provides access to all 
documents filed in a docket, in addition to the texts of formal 
documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and 
rulemakings. Go to ``Documents & Filings,'' click on the eLibrary link, 
click on ``General Search,'' and enter the docket number excluding the 
last three digits in the field (i.e., CP16-10). Be sure you have 
selected an appropriate date range. For assistance, please

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contact FERC Online Support at FercOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free 
at (866) 208-3676; for TTY, contact (202) 502-8659.
    In addition, the Commission offers a free service called 
eSubscription that 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: September 16, 2016.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-23237 Filed 9-26-16; 8:45 am]
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