Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Eastern Market Access Project, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Notice of Public Scoping Session, 11353-11355 [2017-03412]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / Notices n. Filing and Service of Responsive Documents: Any filing must (1) bear in all capital letters the title ‘‘COMMENTS’’, ‘‘PROTEST’’, or ‘‘MOTION TO INTERVENE’’ as applicable; (2) set forth in the heading the name of the applicant and the project number of the application to which the filing responds; (3) furnish the name, address, and telephone number of the person protesting or intervening; and (4) otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 385.2001 through 385.2005. All comments, motions to intervene, or protests must set forth their evidentiary basis and otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 4.34(b). All comments, motions to intervene, or protests should relate to the request to extend the license term. Agencies may obtain copies of the application directly from the applicant. 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[FR Doc. 2017–03413 Filed 2–21–17; 8:45 am] sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP17–15–000] Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Eastern Market Access Project, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Notice of Public Scoping Session The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) that will discuss the environmental impacts of the Eastern Market Access Project involving construction and operation of facilities by Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP (DCP) in Charles County, Maryland and Loudoun and Fairfax Counties, Virginia. The Commission will use this EA in its decision-making process to determine whether the project is in the public convenience and necessity. This notice announces the opening of the scoping process the Commission will use to gather input from the public and interested agencies on the project. You can make a difference by providing us with your specific comments or concerns about the project. Your comments should focus on the potential environmental effects, reasonable alternatives, and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts. Your input will help the Commission staff determine what issues they need to evaluate in the EA. To ensure that your comments are timely and properly recorded, please send your comments so that the Commission receives them in Washington, DC on or before March 17, 2017. If you sent comments on this project to the Commission before the opening of this docket on November 15, 2016, you will need to file those comments in Docket No. CP17–15–000 to ensure they are considered as part of this proceeding. This notice is being sent to the Commission’s current environmental mailing list for this project. State and local government representatives should notify their constituents of this proposed project and encourage them to comment on their areas of concern. 11353 DCP provided landowners with a fact sheet prepared by the FERC entitled ‘‘An Interstate Natural Gas Facility On My Land? What Do I Need To Know?’’ This fact sheet addresses a number of typically asked questions, including the use of eminent domain and how to participate in the Commission’s proceedings. It is also available for viewing on the FERC Web site (www.ferc.gov). Public Participation 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 and 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 and 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 (CP17–15– 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 the public scoping session its staff will conduct in the project area, scheduled as follows: Date and time Location Thursday, March 2, 2017, 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. ....................................... Hilton Garden Inn—Waldorf, 10385 O’Donnell Place, Waldorf, Maryland 20603. The primary goal of this scoping session is to have you identify the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Feb 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 specific environmental issues and concerns that should be considered in PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the EA to be prepared for this project. Individual verbal comments will be E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1 11354 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / Notices taken on a one-on-one basis with a court reporter. This format is designed to receive the maximum amount of verbal comments, in a convenient way during the timeframe allotted. The scoping session is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time Zone. You may arrive at any time after 3:30 p.m. There will not be a formal presentation by Commission staff when the session opens. If you wish to speak, the Commission staff will hand out numbers in the order of your arrival; distribution of numbers will be discontinued at 7:00 p.m. Please see appendix 1 for additional information on the session format and conduct.1 Your scoping comments will be recorded by the court reporter (with FERC staff or representative present) and become part of the public record for this proceeding. Transcripts will be publicly available on FERC’s eLibrary system (see below for instructions on using eLibrary). If a significant number of people are interested in providing verbal comments in the one-on-one settings, a time limit of 5 minutes may be implemented for each commentor. It is important to note that verbal comments hold the same weight as written or electronically submitted comments. Although there will not be a formal presentation, Commission staff will be available throughout the comment session to answer your questions about the environmental review process. Representatives from DCP will also be present to answer project-specific questions. Summary of the Proposed Project sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES DCP proposes to provide 294 million standard cubic feet per day of natural gas firm transportation service to Washington Gas Light Company and to fuel a new power generation facility, the Mattawoman Energy Center, proposed by Mattawoman Energy, LLC. DCP’s proposed project facilities are in Maryland and Virginia. The project would consist of the following facilities: • A new 24,370 horsepower (hp) natural gas compressor station and ancillary facilities in Charles County, Maryland; • two new taps for customer delivery at the existing WGL Interconnect in Charles County, Maryland; 1 The appendices referenced in this notice will not appear in the Federal Register. Copies of the appendices were sent to all those receiving this notice in the mail and are available at www.ferc.gov using the link called ‘‘eLibrary’’ or from the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426, or call (202) 502–8371. For instructions on connecting to eLibrary, refer to the last page of this notice. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Feb 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 • One new 7,000 hp electric reciprocating compression unit and discharge gas cooler, replacement of three gas coolers and compression cylinders for three existing reciprocating compressors, and an increase discharge piping to 30-inches diameter at the existing Loudoun Compressor Station in Loudoun County, Virginia; • one new meter building to enclose existing equipment at the Loudoun Metering and Regulating Station in Loudoun County, Virginia. • Pleasant Valley Compressor Station (Fairfax County, Virginia): • Re-wheel compressor on one existing 17,400 hp electric unit and upgrade two gas coolers at the Pleasant Valley Compressor Station in Fairfax County, Virginia. The general location of the project facilities is shown in appendix 1. Land Requirements for Construction Construction of the proposed facilities would impact 48.3 acres of land during construction, with 18.9 acres maintained for operation of the facilities. The remaining 29.4 acres would be restored and revert to former uses. Construction would occur within DCP-owned lands, or within existing, maintained DCP rights-of-way. The EA Process The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires the Commission to take into account the environmental impacts that could result from an action whenever it considers the issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. NEPA also requires us 2 to discover and address concerns the public may have about proposals. This process is referred to as ‘‘scoping.’’ The main goal of the scoping process is to focus the analysis in the EA on the important environmental issues. By this notice, the Commission requests public comments on the scope of the issues to address in the EA. We will consider all filed comments during the preparation of the EA. In the EA we will discuss impacts that could occur as a result of the construction and operation of the proposed project under these general headings: • Geology and soils; • land use and socioeconomics; • water resources, fisheries, and wetlands; • cultural resources; • vegetation and wildlife; • air quality and noise; 2 ‘‘We,’’ ‘‘us,’’ and ‘‘our’’ refer to the environmental staff of the Commission’s Office of Energy Projects. PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • endangered and threatened species; • public safety; and • cumulative impacts. We will also evaluate reasonable alternatives to the proposed project or portions of the project, and make recommendations on how to lessen or avoid impacts on the various resource areas. The EA will present our independent analysis of the issues. The EA will be available in the public record through eLibrary. We will publish and distribute the EA to the public for an allotted comment period. We will consider all comments on the EA before making our recommendations to the Commission. To ensure we have the opportunity to consider and address your comments, please carefully follow the instructions in the Public Participation section, beginning on page 2. With this notice, we are asking agencies with jurisdiction by law and/ or special expertise with respect to the environmental issues of this project to formally cooperate with us in the preparation of the EA.3 Agencies that would like to request cooperating agency status should follow the instructions for filing comments provided under the Public Participation section of this notice. Consultations Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act In accordance with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s implementing regulations for section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, we are using this notice to initiate consultation with the applicable State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO), and to solicit their views and those of other government agencies, interested Indian tribes, and the public on the project’s potential effects on historic properties.4 We will define the project-specific Area of Potential Effects (APE) in consultation with the SHPO(s) as the project develops. On natural gas facility projects, the APE at a minimum encompasses all areas subject to ground disturbance (examples include construction right-of-way, contractor/ pipe storage yards, compressor stations, and access roads). Our EA for this project will document our findings on 3 The Council on Environmental Quality regulations addressing cooperating agency responsibilities are at Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1501.6. 4 The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s regulations are at Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 800. Those regulations define historic properties as any prehistoric or historic district, site, building, structure, or object included in or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / Notices the impacts on historic properties and summarize the status of consultations under section 106. Environmental Mailing List The environmental mailing list includes federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American Tribes; other interested parties; and local libraries and newspapers. This list also includes all affected landowners (as defined in the Commission’s regulations) who are potential right-of-way grantors, whose property may be used temporarily for project purposes, or who own homes within certain distances of aboveground facilities, and anyone who submits comments on the project. We will update the environmental mailing list as the analysis proceeds to ensure that we send the information related to this environmental review to all individuals, organizations, and government entities interested in and/or potentially affected by the proposed project. Copies of the EA will be sent to the environmental mailing list for public review and comment. If you would prefer to receive a paper copy of the document instead of the CD version or would like to remove your name from the mailing list, please return the attached Information Request (appendix 2). sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Becoming an Intervenor In addition to involvement in the EA scoping process, you may want to become an ‘‘intervenor’’ which is an official party to the Commission’s proceeding. Intervenors play a more formal role in the process and are able to file briefs, appear at hearings, and be heard by the courts if they choose to appeal the Commission’s final ruling. An intervenor formally participates in the proceeding by filing a request to intervene. Instructions for becoming an intervenor are in the ‘‘Document-less Intervention Guide’’ under the ‘‘e-filing’’ link on the Commission’s Web site. Motions to intervene are more fully described at http://www.ferc.gov/ resources/guides/how-to/intervene.asp. Additional Information 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 at www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Click on the eLibrary link, click on ‘‘General Search’’ and enter the docket number, excluding the last three digits in the Docket Number field (i.e., CP17–15–000). Be sure you VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Feb 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 have selected an appropriate date range. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FercOnlineSupport@ ferc.gov or toll free at (866) 208–3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. The eLibrary link also provides access to the texts of formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rulemakings. In addition, the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription which 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. Finally, public sessions or site visits will be posted on the Commission’s calendar located at www.ferc.gov/ EventCalendar/EventsList.aspx along with other related information. Dated: February 15, 2017. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–03412 Filed 2–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Combined Notice of Filings #1 Take notice that the Commission received the following electric corporate filings: Docket Numbers: EC17–79–000. Applicants: American Transmission Company LLC, Duke-American Transmission Company, LLC, ATC Management Inc. Description: Application for Authorization for Corporate Reorganization and Request for Confidential Treatment and Certain Waivers of American Transmission Company LLC, et. al. Filed Date: 2/14/17. Accession Number: 20170214–5214. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/7/17. Take notice that the Commission received the following exempt wholesale generator filings: Docket Numbers: EG17–60–000. Applicants: RE Tranquillity 8 Amarillo LLC. Description: Notice of SelfCertification of Exempt Wholesale Generator Status of RE Tranquillity 8 Amarillo LLC. Filed Date: 2/15/17. Accession Number: 20170215–5061. PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11355 Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/8/17. Docket Numbers: EG17–61–000. Applicants: RE Tranquillity 8 Azul LLC. Description: Notice of SelfCertification of Exempt Wholesale Generator Status of RE Tranquillity 8 Azul LLC. Filed Date: 2/15/17. Accession Number: 20170215–5063. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/8/17. Docket Numbers: EG17–62–000. Applicants: RE Tranquillity 8 Rojo LLC. Description: Notice of SelfCertification of Exempt Wholesale Generator Status of RE Tranquillity 8 Rojo LLC. Filed Date: 2/15/17. Accession Number: 20170215–5067. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/8/17. Docket Numbers: EG17–63–000. Applicants: RE Tranquillity 8 Verde LLC. Description: Notice of SelfCertification of Exempt Wholesale Generator Status of RE Tranquillity 8 Verde LLC. Filed Date: 2/15/17. Accession Number: 20170215–5069. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/8/17. Take notice that the Commission received the following electric rate filings: Docket Numbers: ER10–1437–005; ER10–2732–013; ER10–2733–013; ER10–2734–013; ER10–2736–013; ER10–2737–013; ER10–2741–013; ER10–2749–013; ER10–2752–013; ER12–2492–009; ER12–2493–009; ER12–2494–009; ER12–2495–009; ER12–2496–009; ER16–2455–003; ER16–2456–003; ER16–2457–003; ER16–2458–003; ER16–2459–003. Applicants: Tampa Electric Company, Emera Energy Services Inc., Emera Energy U.S. Subsidiary No. 1, Inc, Emera Energy U.S. Subsidiary No. 2, Inc., Emera Energy Services Subsidiary No. 1 LLC, Emera Energy Services Subsidiary No. 2 LLC, Emera Energy Services Subsidiary No. 3 LLC, Emera Energy Services Subsidiary No. 4 LLC, Emera Energy Services Subsidiary No. 5 LLC, Emera Energy Services Subsidiary No. 6 LLC, Emera Energy Services Subsidiary No. 7 LLC, Emera Energy Services Subsidiary No. 8 LLC, Emera Energy Services Subsidiary No. 9 LLC, Emera Energy Services Subsidiary No. 10 LLC, Emera Energy Services Subsidiary No. 11 LLC, Emera Energy Services Subsidiary No. 12 LLC, Emera Energy Services Subsidiary No. 13 LLC, Emera Energy Services Subsidiary No. 14 LLC, Emera Energy Services Subsidiary No. 15 LLC. Description: Notice of Change in Status of the Emera Entities. E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 34 (Wednesday, February 22, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP17-15-000]


Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP; Notice of Intent To Prepare an 
Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Eastern Market Access 
Project, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Notice of 
Public Scoping Session

    The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or 
Commission) will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) that will 
discuss the environmental impacts of the Eastern Market Access Project 
involving construction and operation of facilities by Dominion Cove 
Point LNG, LP (DCP) in Charles County, Maryland and Loudoun and Fairfax 
Counties, Virginia. The Commission will use this EA in its decision-
making process to determine whether the project is in the public 
convenience and necessity.
    This notice announces the opening of the scoping process the 
Commission will use to gather input from the public and interested 
agencies on the project. You can make a difference by providing us with 
your specific comments or concerns about the project. Your comments 
should focus on the potential environmental effects, reasonable 
alternatives, and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts. 
Your input will help the Commission staff determine what issues they 
need to evaluate in the EA. To ensure that your comments are timely and 
properly recorded, please send your comments so that the Commission 
receives them in Washington, DC on or before March 17, 2017.
    If you sent comments on this project to the Commission before the 
opening of this docket on November 15, 2016, you will need to file 
those comments in Docket No. CP17-15-000 to ensure they are considered 
as part of this proceeding.
    This notice is being sent to the Commission's current environmental 
mailing list for this project. State and local government 
representatives should notify their constituents of this proposed 
project and encourage them to comment on their areas of concern.
    DCP provided landowners with a fact sheet prepared by the FERC 
entitled ``An Interstate Natural Gas Facility On My Land? What Do I 
Need To Know?'' This fact sheet addresses a number of typically asked 
questions, including the use of eminent domain and how to participate 
in the Commission's proceedings. It is also available for viewing on 
the FERC Web site (www.ferc.gov).

Public Participation

    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 and 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 and 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 
(CP17-15-000) 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 the public scoping session its staff 
will conduct in the project area, scheduled as follows:

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Thursday, March 2, 2017, 4:00 p.m.-8:00  Hilton Garden Inn--Waldorf,
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                                          Waldorf, Maryland 20603.
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    The primary goal of this scoping session is to have you identify 
the specific environmental issues and concerns that should be 
considered in the EA to be prepared for this project. Individual verbal 
comments will be

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taken on a one-on-one basis with a court reporter. This format is 
designed to receive the maximum amount of verbal comments, in a 
convenient way during the timeframe allotted.
    The scoping session is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time 
Zone. You may arrive at any time after 3:30 p.m. There will not be a 
formal presentation by Commission staff when the session opens. If you 
wish to speak, the Commission staff will hand out numbers in the order 
of your arrival; distribution of numbers will be discontinued at 7:00 
p.m. Please see appendix 1 for additional information on the session 
format and conduct.\1\
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    \1\ The appendices referenced in this notice will not appear in 
the Federal Register. Copies of the appendices were sent to all 
those receiving this notice in the mail and are available at 
www.ferc.gov using the link called ``eLibrary'' or from the 
Commission's Public Reference Room, 888 First Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20426, or call (202) 502-8371. For instructions on 
connecting to eLibrary, refer to the last page of this notice.
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    Your scoping comments will be recorded by the court reporter (with 
FERC staff or representative present) and become part of the public 
record for this proceeding. Transcripts will be publicly available on 
FERC's eLibrary system (see below for instructions on using eLibrary). 
If a significant number of people are interested in providing verbal 
comments in the one-on-one settings, a time limit of 5 minutes may be 
implemented for each commentor.
    It is important to note that verbal comments hold the same weight 
as written or electronically submitted comments. Although there will 
not be a formal presentation, Commission staff will be available 
throughout the comment session to answer your questions about the 
environmental review process. Representatives from DCP will also be 
present to answer project-specific questions.

Summary of the Proposed Project

    DCP proposes to provide 294 million standard cubic feet per day of 
natural gas firm transportation service to Washington Gas Light Company 
and to fuel a new power generation facility, the Mattawoman Energy 
Center, proposed by Mattawoman Energy, LLC. DCP's proposed project 
facilities are in Maryland and Virginia.
    The project would consist of the following facilities:
     A new 24,370 horsepower (hp) natural gas compressor 
station and ancillary facilities in Charles County, Maryland;
     two new taps for customer delivery at the existing WGL 
Interconnect in Charles County, Maryland;
     One new 7,000 hp electric reciprocating compression unit 
and discharge gas cooler, replacement of three gas coolers and 
compression cylinders for three existing reciprocating compressors, and 
an increase discharge piping to 30-inches diameter at the existing 
Loudoun Compressor Station in Loudoun County, Virginia;
     one new meter building to enclose existing equipment at 
the Loudoun Metering and Regulating Station in Loudoun County, 
Virginia.
     Pleasant Valley Compressor Station (Fairfax County, 
Virginia):
     Re-wheel compressor on one existing 17,400 hp electric 
unit and upgrade two gas coolers at the Pleasant Valley Compressor 
Station in Fairfax County, Virginia.
    The general location of the project facilities is shown in appendix 
1.

Land Requirements for Construction

    Construction of the proposed facilities would impact 48.3 acres of 
land during construction, with 18.9 acres maintained for operation of 
the facilities. The remaining 29.4 acres would be restored and revert 
to former uses. Construction would occur within DCP-owned lands, or 
within existing, maintained DCP rights-of-way.

The EA Process

    The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires the 
Commission to take into account the environmental impacts that could 
result from an action whenever it considers the issuance of a 
Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. NEPA also requires us 
\2\ to discover and address concerns the public may have about 
proposals. This process is referred to as ``scoping.'' The main goal of 
the scoping process is to focus the analysis in the EA on the important 
environmental issues. By this notice, the Commission requests public 
comments on the scope of the issues to address in the EA. We will 
consider all filed comments during the preparation of the EA.
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    \2\ ``We,'' ``us,'' and ``our'' refer to the environmental staff 
of the Commission's Office of Energy Projects.
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    In the EA we will discuss impacts that could occur as a result of 
the construction and operation of the proposed project under these 
general headings:
     Geology and soils;
     land use and socioeconomics;
     water resources, fisheries, and wetlands;
     cultural resources;
     vegetation and wildlife;
     air quality and noise;
     endangered and threatened species;
     public safety; and
     cumulative impacts.
    We will also evaluate reasonable alternatives to the proposed 
project or portions of the project, and make recommendations on how to 
lessen or avoid impacts on the various resource areas.
    The EA will present our independent analysis of the issues. The EA 
will be available in the public record through eLibrary. We will 
publish and distribute the EA to the public for an allotted comment 
period. We will consider all comments on the EA before making our 
recommendations to the Commission. To ensure we have the opportunity to 
consider and address your comments, please carefully follow the 
instructions in the Public Participation section, beginning on page 2.
    With this notice, we are asking agencies with jurisdiction by law 
and/or special expertise with respect to the environmental issues of 
this project to formally cooperate with us in the preparation of the 
EA.\3\ Agencies that would like to request cooperating agency status 
should follow the instructions for filing comments provided under the 
Public Participation section of this notice.
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    \3\ The Council on Environmental Quality regulations addressing 
cooperating agency responsibilities are at Title 40, Code of Federal 
Regulations, Part 1501.6.
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Consultations Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation 
Act

    In accordance with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's 
implementing regulations for section 106 of the National Historic 
Preservation Act, we are using this notice to initiate consultation 
with the applicable State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO), and to 
solicit their views and those of other government agencies, interested 
Indian tribes, and the public on the project's potential effects on 
historic properties.\4\ We will define the project-specific Area of 
Potential Effects (APE) in consultation with the SHPO(s) as the project 
develops. On natural gas facility projects, the APE at a minimum 
encompasses all areas subject to ground disturbance (examples include 
construction right-of-way, contractor/pipe storage yards, compressor 
stations, and access roads). Our EA for this project will document our 
findings on

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the impacts on historic properties and summarize the status of 
consultations under section 106.
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    \4\ The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's regulations 
are at Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 800. Those 
regulations define historic properties as any prehistoric or 
historic district, site, building, structure, or object included in 
or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic 
Places.
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Environmental Mailing List

    The environmental mailing list includes federal, state, and local 
government representatives and agencies; elected officials; 
environmental and public interest groups; Native American Tribes; other 
interested parties; and local libraries and newspapers. This list also 
includes all affected landowners (as defined in the Commission's 
regulations) who are potential right-of-way grantors, whose property 
may be used temporarily for project purposes, or who own homes within 
certain distances of aboveground facilities, and anyone who submits 
comments on the project. We will update the environmental mailing list 
as the analysis proceeds to ensure that we send the information related 
to this environmental review to all individuals, organizations, and 
government entities interested in and/or potentially affected by the 
proposed project.
    Copies of the EA will be sent to the environmental mailing list for 
public review and comment. If you would prefer to receive a paper copy 
of the document instead of the CD version or would like to remove your 
name from the mailing list, please return the attached Information 
Request (appendix 2).

Becoming an Intervenor

    In addition to involvement in the EA scoping process, you may want 
to become an ``intervenor'' which is an official party to the 
Commission's proceeding. Intervenors play a more formal role in the 
process and are able to file briefs, appear at hearings, and be heard 
by the courts if they choose to appeal the Commission's final ruling. 
An intervenor formally participates in the proceeding by filing a 
request to intervene. Instructions for becoming an intervenor are in 
the ``Document-less Intervention Guide'' under the ``e-filing'' link on 
the Commission's Web site. Motions to intervene are more fully 
described at http://www.ferc.gov/resources/guides/how-to/intervene.asp.

Additional Information

    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 at www.ferc.gov using the ``eLibrary'' link. Click on the 
eLibrary link, click on ``General Search'' and enter the docket number, 
excluding the last three digits in the Docket Number field (i.e., CP17-
15-000). Be sure you have selected an appropriate date range. For 
assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at 
FercOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free at (866) 208-3676, or for TTY, 
contact (202) 502-8659. The eLibrary link also provides access to the 
texts of formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, 
notices, and rulemakings.
    In addition, the Commission offers a free service called 
eSubscription which 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.
    Finally, public sessions or site visits will be posted on the 
Commission's calendar located at www.ferc.gov/EventCalendar/EventsList.aspx along with other related information.

    Dated: February 15, 2017.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-03412 Filed 2-21-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 6717-01-P