Northern Natural Gas Company; Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Cedar Station Upgrade Project, 78802 [2016-27066]

Download as PDF 78802 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 217 / Wednesday, November 9, 2016 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Background Federal Energy Regulatory Commission On February 23, 2016, the Commission issued a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Planned Cedar Station Upgrade Project, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Notice of Public Scoping Meeting (NOI). The NOI was issued during the pre-filing review of the Project in Docket No. PF15–32– 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 Dakota and Goodhue Counties, Thomas Lake Country Homes Homeowners Association, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and over 350 concerned landowners/ stakeholders. The primary issues raised by the commentors are: Impacts on residential areas from construction; alternatives that avoid residential areas; and impacts on Lebanon Hills Regional Park and alternatives that would avoid this park. [Docket No. CP16–487–000; PF15–32–000] Northern Natural Gas Company; Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Cedar Station Upgrade Project On July 29, 2016, Northern Natural Gas Company (Northern) filed an application in Docket No. CP16–487– 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 project is known as the Cedar Station Upgrade Project (Project), and would involve the construction of a new 20-inch-diameter pipeline loop 1 to fulfill Northern’s contractual obligation to provide an increased gas pressure of 650 pounds per square inch gauge to Northern States Power Company. On August 11, 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 December 9, 2016 90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline March 9, 2017 If a schedule change becomes necessary, additional notice will be provided so that the relevant agencies are kept informed of the Project’s progress. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Project Description Northern proposes to construct the following facilities: • About 7.86 miles of 20-inchdiameter pipeline loop; • a pig 2 launcher and takeoff valve at milepost 0.0; and • a pig receiver and tie-in valve, and modifications to regulators and piping within the existing Cedar Meter Station boundaries. 1 A pipeline ‘‘loop’’ is a segment of pipe installed parallel to an existing pipeline. 2 A pig is an internal pipeline tool used to clean a pipeline and/or to inspect for damage or corrosion. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:29 Nov 08, 2016 Jkt 241001 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., CP16–487), 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. PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: November 3, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–27066 Filed 11–8–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 2343–086] PE Hydro Generation, LLC; Notice of Application Accepted for Filing, Soliciting Motions To Intervene and Protests, Ready for Environmental Analysis, and Soliciting Comments, Recommendations, Preliminary Terms and Conditions, and Preliminary Fishway Prescriptions Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection. a. Type of Application: Major License. b. Project No.: 2343–086. c. Date filed: December 30, 2015. d. Applicant: PE Hydro Generation, LLC. e. Name of Project: Millville Hydroelectric Project. f. Location: The existing project is located on the Shenandoah River, near the town of Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia. No federal lands are occupied by project works or located within the project boundary. g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act 16 U.S.C. 791 (a)–825(r). h. Applicant Contact: John Collins, Executive Vice President, Cube Hydro Partners, LLC, 2 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 1330, Bethesda, MD 20814; Telephone—(240) 482–2703. i. FERC Contact: Michael Spencer, (202) 502–6093, or michael.spencer@ ferc.gov. j. Deadline for filing motions to intervene and protests, comments, recommendations, preliminary terms and conditions, and preliminary prescriptions: 60 Days from the issuance date of this notice; reply comments are due 105 days from the issuance date of this notice. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file motions to intervene, protests, comments, recommendations, preliminary terms and conditions, and preliminary fishway prescriptions 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/ E:\FR\FM\09NON1.SGM 09NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP16-487-000; PF15-32-000]


 Northern Natural Gas Company; Notice of Schedule for 
Environmental Review of the Cedar Station Upgrade Project

    On July 29, 2016, Northern Natural Gas Company (Northern) filed an 
application in Docket No. CP16-487-000 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 project is known as the Cedar Station Upgrade Project 
(Project), and would involve the construction of a new 20-inch-diameter 
pipeline loop \1\ to fulfill Northern's contractual obligation to 
provide an increased gas pressure of 650 pounds per square inch gauge 
to Northern States Power Company.
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    \1\ A pipeline ``loop'' is a segment of pipe installed parallel 
to an existing pipeline.
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    On August 11, 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 December 9, 2016
90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline March 9, 2017

    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

    Northern proposes to construct the following facilities:
     About 7.86 miles of 20-inch-diameter pipeline loop;
     a pig \2\ launcher and takeoff valve at milepost 0.0; and
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    \2\ A pig is an internal pipeline tool used to clean a pipeline 
and/or to inspect for damage or corrosion.
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     a pig receiver and tie-in valve, and modifications to 
regulators and piping within the existing Cedar Meter Station 
boundaries.

Background

    On February 23, 2016, the Commission issued a Notice of Intent to 
Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Planned Cedar Station 
Upgrade Project, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and 
Notice of Public Scoping Meeting (NOI). The NOI was issued during the 
pre-filing review of the Project in Docket No. PF15-32-000 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 Dakota and Goodhue Counties, Thomas Lake Country Homes Homeowners 
Association, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Minnesota Department of 
Natural Resources, and over 350 concerned landowners/stakeholders. The 
primary issues raised by the commentors are: Impacts on residential 
areas from construction; alternatives that avoid residential areas; and 
impacts on Lebanon Hills Regional Park and alternatives that would 
avoid this park.

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., 
CP16-487), 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: November 3, 2016.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-27066 Filed 11-8-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 6717-01-P