Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the Energy Gateway South Transmission Project and Approved Land Use Plan Amendments in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, 91187-91188 [2016-30346]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 242 / Friday, December 16, 2016 / Notices proposal to eliminate one section of snowmobile trail on Nulhegan Basin Division. We determined that recreational drone use is not appropriate. • Habitat Management—We emphasize our intent to develop refuge division-specific habitat management plans with state agency and public involvement. Alternative C, with these changes, is still our preferred alternative in the final CCP/EIS for Conte NFWR for several reasons. First, alternative C comprises a mix of actions that, in our professional judgment, work best towards achieving the refuge’s purposes, vision, and goals, NWRS policies, and the goals of other state and regional conservation plans. Second, we also believe that alternative C most effectively addresses key issues raised during the planning process. Public Availability of Documents See ADDRESSES, above. Next Steps We will document the final decision in a record of decision, which will be published in the Federal Register after the 30-day ‘‘wait period’’ that begins when EPA announces this final CCP/ EIS. For more information, see EPA’s Role in the EIS Process. Dated: December 1, 2016. Deborah Rocque, Deputy Regional Director, Northeast Region. [FR Doc. 2016–30420 Filed 12–15–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLWY920000.L51010000.ER0000. LVRWK09K1000.15X; WYW174597; COC72909; UTU87237] Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the Energy Gateway South Transmission Project and Approved Land Use Plan Amendments in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Energy Gateway South Transmission Project (Project) and approved land use plan amendments of the Rawlins, Little Snake, Pony Express, Price, and Vernal Resource Management Plans (RMPs). The ROD constitutes the BLM’s final decision regarding: granting a right-of-way to PacifiCorp (doing mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:42 Dec 15, 2016 Jkt 241001 business as Rocky Mountain Power) to construct and operate an extra-high voltage alternating-current transmission system; and amending certain BLM land use plans. The decisions are effective immediately. ADDRESSES: The complete text of the ROD along with the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and supporting documents are available for public viewing on the BLM Web site: http://bit.ly/2eErxWA. Copies of the ROD text will be placed in all involved BLM offices for public viewing as well as at public libraries in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. For a list of these libraries, please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tamara Gertsch, National Project Manager, Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Office, P.O. Box 21150, Cheyenne, WY 82003; by telephone at (307) 775–6115; or email to GatewaySouth_WYMail@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at (800) 877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Copies of the ROD text are available at the following public libraries: • Carbon County Library, Rawlins, WY; • Carbon County Library-Little Snake River Branch, Baggs, WY; • Moffat County Library, Craig, CO; • Rangely Regional Library District, Rangely, CO; • Mesa County Library, Grand Junction, CO; • Grand County Public Library, Moab, UT; • Uintah County Library, Vernal, UT; • Duchesne County Library, Duchesne, UT; • Emery County Library, Castle Dale, UT; and • Nephi Public Library, Nephi, UT. PacifiCorp (doing business as Rocky Mountain Power), a regulated public utility, filed an application for a rightof-way to construct, operate and maintain a 500-kilovolt (kV) overhead, alternating current transmission line across public and private lands for the Project on November 28, 2007. Pacificorp amended the application on December 17, 2008; October 11, 2010; January 15, 2013; and April 8, 2015. When completed, the Project will transmit about 1,500 megawatts of PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 91187 electricity generated from renewable sources at planned facilities in Wyoming, as well as from existing thermal sources. The Project will begin in south central Wyoming near Medicine Bow, at the permitted Aeolus Substation, and traverses from northeast to southwest across northwestern Colorado to the existing Clover Substation near Mona, Utah, a distance of approximately 416 miles. The facilities will include: • Construction of a single-circuit, alternating current 500kV overhead transmission line (including associated structures, shield wires, conductors, and insulators) between the Aeolus Substation and Clover Substation; • Construction of two series compensation stations, at points between the Aeolus and Clover substations, to improve the transport capacity and efficiency of the transmission line; • Construction of communication regeneration stations associated with the transmission line (approximately every 55 miles); • Rebuilding of two existing 345kV transmission lines between the Clover and Mona Substations (in the existing rights-of-way); • Rerouting of the Mona to Huntington 345kV transmission line through the Clover Substation; and • Relocation of an approximate 2mile portion of an existing line (Bears Ears to Bonanza 345kV transmission line) to eliminate multiple line crossings in a short distance and avoid the BLM Raven Ridge Area of Critical Environmental Concern. The Selected Alternative is the Agency Preferred Alternative identified in the Final EIS. The EIS has been developed in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and plans, and discloses the impacts of the Project. The Selected Alternative was identified as the route that best meets the BLM’s purpose and need, and the Applicant’s objectives, and that avoids and minimizes minimized impacts to sensitive resources to the extent possible. The ROD addresses the mitigation and monitoring requirements applicable to the Project, including identifying and requiring compensatory mitigation where impacts to sensitive resources cannot be avoided, as further described in the ROD and its appendices. Based on the analysis in the Final EIS, the ROD also amends five BLM RMPs, as follows: • Rawlins RMP (Wyoming)—modifies 21 acres of visual resource management (VRM) Class III to Class IV; E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1 mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES 91188 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 242 / Friday, December 16, 2016 / Notices • Little Snake RMP (Colorado)— modifies 18 acres of VRM Class III to Class IV; • Pony Express RMP (Salt Lake Field Office, Utah)—establishes the 1.3 miles of the Project right-of-way as a 250 foot wide utility corridor; • Price Field Office, Utah—widens a portion of a utility corridor designated in a land use plan from 1 mile to 1.5 miles in width, to include the Project right-of-way; and • Vernal Field Office, Utah—modifies 58 acres of VRM Class II to Class III. The approved land use plan amendments specifically amend the RMPs to allow for the development of the Project and ancillary facilities on land managed by the BLM. NEPA disclosure of these plan amendments has been integrated with the EIS process for the Project, including the scoping and public availability periods for the EIS. With these amendments, the Selected Alternative will conform with the applicable the BLM land use plan along the project’s route (43 CFR 1610.5–3). On May 13, 2016, the Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Final EIS and Proposed Land use Plan Amendments for the Project was published in the Federal Register (81 FR 29912). The publication of the NOA initiated a 30day protest period for the proposed land use planning decisions and a 60-day Governors’ consistency review. At the close of the 30-day protest period, five protests were received and subsequently resolved as explained in the Director’s Protest Resolution Report, available online at http://bit.ly/2eErxWA. The proposed land use plan amendments were not modified as a result of the protests. Individual protest response letters were sent to the protesting parties. Copies of the ROD are available for public inspection during normal business hours at the following locations. • BLM, Wyoming State Office, Public Reading Room, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009; • BLM, Colorado State Office, Public Reading Room, 2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80215–7093; and • BLM, Utah State Office, Public Reading Room, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101– 1345. Simultaneous with the protest period, the Governors of Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah conducted consistency reviews for the proposed land use plan amendments to identify any inconsistencies with State or local plans, policies, or programs. No inconsistencies were identified. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:42 Dec 15, 2016 Jkt 241001 Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6. Mary Jo Rugwell, Wyoming State Director. [FR Doc. 2016–30346 Filed 12–15–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLOR936000.L14400000.ET0000. 16XL1109AF; HAG 16–0075 ORE–03587] Notice of Application for Extension of Public Land Order No. 1144, as Modified by PLO 7325, and Opportunity for Public Meeting; Miller Lake Recreational Area, Oregon Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The United States Forest Service (USFS) has filed an application with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) requesting that the Secretary of the Interior extend the duration of Public Land Order (PLO) No. 1144, as modified by PLO No. 7325, for an additional 20-year term subject to valid existing rights. PLO No. 1144, as modified by PLO 7325, withdrew 949.43 acres of Forest System Lands in the Fremont-Winema National Forest from location and entry under United States mining laws, but not from leasing under the mineral leasing laws. The purpose of the proposed withdrawal extension is to protect the Miller Lake Recreational Area. PLO No. 1144, as modified by PLO No. 7325 will expire on May 20, 2018, unless extended. This notice also gives the public an opportunity to comment on the application and to request a public meeting. DATES: Comments and public meeting requests must be received by March 16, 2017. ADDRESSES: Comments and public meeting requests should be sent to the BLM Oregon/Washington State Director, P.O. Box 2965, Portland, OR 97208– 2965. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacob Childers, BLM Oregon/ Washington State Office, 503–808–6225 or Candice Polisky, USFS Pacific Northwest Region, 503–808–2479. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877– 8339 to contact either of the above individuals. The Service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The USFS has filed an application requesting that the Secretary of the Interior extend PLO No. 1144, as modified by PLO No. 7325, for an additional 20-year term, subject to valid existing rights. PLO No. 1144 (20 FR 3151 (1955)), as modified by PLO No. 7325 (63 FR 19744 (1998)), withdrew 949.43 acres of National Forest System Lands from location and entry under the United States mining laws, but not from leasing under the mineral leasing laws, to protect the Miller Lake Recreational Area. The withdrawal encompasses Digit Point Campground and Miller Lake Trail. The USFS would not need to acquire water rights to fulfill the purpose of the requested withdrawal extension. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Willamette Meridian Fremont-Winema National Forest T. 27 S., R. 61⁄2 E., Sec. 11, those portions of Lots 1, 2, NE1⁄4NW1⁄4 lying outside the Mt. Thielsen Wilderness Area boundary, Lots 3 through 7, SE1⁄4SW1⁄4, and all of unsurveyed Miller Lake lying within the section; PB 37, SW1⁄4, SW1⁄4SE1⁄4 lying outside the Mt. Thielsen Wilderness area boundary, and all of unsurveyed Miller Lake lying within aforementioned parts of PB 37; Sec. 13, Lots 1 through 7, NW1⁄4SW1⁄4; PB 38. The area described contains 949.43 acres in Klamath County. This legal description is identical in size, shape, and location as the description in PLO No. 7325, as published in the Federal Register (63 FR 19745 (1998)). Records related to the application may be examined by contacting Jacob Childers, Bureau of Land Management, at the address or phone number listed above. For a period until March 16, 2017, all persons who wish to submit comments, suggestions, or objections in connection with the proposed withdrawal extension may present their views in writing to the BLM Oregon/Washington State Office State Director at the address indicated above. Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the address indicated above during regular business hours. Be advised that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information may be made publicly available. While you can ask us to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Notice is hereby given that an opportunity for a public meeting is E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1

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Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the Energy 
Gateway South Transmission Project and Approved Land Use Plan 
Amendments in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability 
of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Energy Gateway South 
Transmission Project (Project) and approved land use plan amendments of 
the Rawlins, Little Snake, Pony Express, Price, and Vernal Resource 
Management Plans (RMPs). The ROD constitutes the BLM's final decision 
regarding: granting a right-of-way to PacifiCorp (doing business as 
Rocky Mountain Power) to construct and operate an extra-high voltage 
alternating-current transmission system; and amending certain BLM land 
use plans. The decisions are effective immediately.

ADDRESSES: The complete text of the ROD along with the Final 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and supporting documents are 
available for public viewing on the BLM Web site: http://bit.ly/2eErxWA.
    Copies of the ROD text will be placed in all involved BLM offices 
for public viewing as well as at public libraries in Colorado, Utah, 
and Wyoming. For a list of these libraries, please see the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tamara Gertsch, National Project 
Manager, Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Office, P.O. Box 
21150, Cheyenne, WY 82003; by telephone at (307) 775-6115; or email to 
GatewaySouth_WYMail@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications 
device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at (800) 
877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. 
The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message 
or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during 
normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Copies of the ROD text are available at the 
following public libraries:
     Carbon County Library, Rawlins, WY;
     Carbon County Library-Little Snake River Branch, Baggs, 
WY;
     Moffat County Library, Craig, CO;
     Rangely Regional Library District, Rangely, CO;
     Mesa County Library, Grand Junction, CO;
     Grand County Public Library, Moab, UT;
     Uintah County Library, Vernal, UT;
     Duchesne County Library, Duchesne, UT;
     Emery County Library, Castle Dale, UT; and
     Nephi Public Library, Nephi, UT.
    PacifiCorp (doing business as Rocky Mountain Power), a regulated 
public utility, filed an application for a right-of-way to construct, 
operate and maintain a 500-kilovolt (kV) overhead, alternating current 
transmission line across public and private lands for the Project on 
November 28, 2007. Pacificorp amended the application on December 17, 
2008; October 11, 2010; January 15, 2013; and April 8, 2015. When 
completed, the Project will transmit about 1,500 megawatts of 
electricity generated from renewable sources at planned facilities in 
Wyoming, as well as from existing thermal sources.
    The Project will begin in south central Wyoming near Medicine Bow, 
at the permitted Aeolus Substation, and traverses from northeast to 
southwest across northwestern Colorado to the existing Clover 
Substation near Mona, Utah, a distance of approximately 416 miles.
    The facilities will include:
     Construction of a single-circuit, alternating current 
500kV overhead transmission line (including associated structures, 
shield wires, conductors, and insulators) between the Aeolus Substation 
and Clover Substation;
     Construction of two series compensation stations, at 
points between the Aeolus and Clover substations, to improve the 
transport capacity and efficiency of the transmission line;
     Construction of communication regeneration stations 
associated with the transmission line (approximately every 55 miles);
     Rebuilding of two existing 345kV transmission lines 
between the Clover and Mona Substations (in the existing rights-of-
way);
     Rerouting of the Mona to Huntington 345kV transmission 
line through the Clover Substation; and
     Relocation of an approximate 2-mile portion of an existing 
line (Bears Ears to Bonanza 345kV transmission line) to eliminate 
multiple line crossings in a short distance and avoid the BLM Raven 
Ridge Area of Critical Environmental Concern.
    The Selected Alternative is the Agency Preferred Alternative 
identified in the Final EIS. The EIS has been developed in accordance 
with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and plans, and discloses 
the impacts of the Project. The Selected Alternative was identified as 
the route that best meets the BLM's purpose and need, and the 
Applicant's objectives, and that avoids and minimizes minimized impacts 
to sensitive resources to the extent possible. The ROD addresses the 
mitigation and monitoring requirements applicable to the Project, 
including identifying and requiring compensatory mitigation where 
impacts to sensitive resources cannot be avoided, as further described 
in the ROD and its appendices.
    Based on the analysis in the Final EIS, the ROD also amends five 
BLM RMPs, as follows:
     Rawlins RMP (Wyoming)--modifies 21 acres of visual 
resource management (VRM) Class III to Class IV;

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     Little Snake RMP (Colorado)--modifies 18 acres of VRM 
Class III to Class IV;
     Pony Express RMP (Salt Lake Field Office, Utah)--
establishes the 1.3 miles of the Project right-of-way as a 250 foot 
wide utility corridor;
     Price Field Office, Utah--widens a portion of a utility 
corridor designated in a land use plan from 1 mile to 1.5 miles in 
width, to include the Project right-of-way; and
     Vernal Field Office, Utah--modifies 58 acres of VRM Class 
II to Class III.
    The approved land use plan amendments specifically amend the RMPs 
to allow for the development of the Project and ancillary facilities on 
land managed by the BLM. NEPA disclosure of these plan amendments has 
been integrated with the EIS process for the Project, including the 
scoping and public availability periods for the EIS. With these 
amendments, the Selected Alternative will conform with the applicable 
the BLM land use plan along the project's route (43 CFR 1610.5-3).
    On May 13, 2016, the Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Final EIS 
and Proposed Land use Plan Amendments for the Project was published in 
the Federal Register (81 FR 29912). The publication of the NOA 
initiated a 30-day protest period for the proposed land use planning 
decisions and a 60-day Governors' consistency review. At the close of 
the 30-day protest period, five protests were received and subsequently 
resolved as explained in the Director's Protest Resolution Report, 
available online at http://bit.ly/2eErxWA. The proposed land use plan 
amendments were not modified as a result of the protests. Individual 
protest response letters were sent to the protesting parties.
    Copies of the ROD are available for public inspection during normal 
business hours at the following locations.
     BLM, Wyoming State Office, Public Reading Room, 5353 
Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009;
     BLM, Colorado State Office, Public Reading Room, 2850 
Youngfield Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80215-7093; and
     BLM, Utah State Office, Public Reading Room, 440 West 200 
South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101-1345.
    Simultaneous with the protest period, the Governors of Wyoming, 
Colorado, and Utah conducted consistency reviews for the proposed land 
use plan amendments to identify any inconsistencies with State or local 
plans, policies, or programs. No inconsistencies were identified.

    Authority:  40 CFR 1506.6.

Mary Jo Rugwell,
Wyoming State Director.
[FR Doc. 2016-30346 Filed 12-15-16; 8:45 am]
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