Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Mountain Valley Project and Equitrans Expansion Project: Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, Equitrans LP, 29539-29541 [2017-13598]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 124 / Thursday, June 29, 2017 / Notices Online service, please email FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Dated: June 23, 2017. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [Docket No. ER17–1883–000] sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes Request for Blanket Section 204 Authorization: Mineral Point Energy LLC [FR Doc. 2017–13600 Filed 6–28–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P This is a supplemental notice in the above-referenced proceeding of Mineral Point Energy LLC’s application for market-based rate authority, with an accompanying rate tariff, noting that such application includes a request for blanket authorization, under 18 CFR part 34, of future issuances of securities and assumptions of liability. Any person desiring to intervene or to protest should file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426, in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214). Anyone filing a motion to intervene or protest must serve a copy of that document on the Applicant. Notice is hereby given that the deadline for filing protests with regard to the applicant’s request for blanket authorization, under 18 CFR part 34, of future issuances of securities and assumptions of liability, is July 13, 2017. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper, using the FERC Online links at http:// www.ferc.gov. To facilitate electronic service, persons with Internet access who will eFile a document and/or be listed as a contact for an intervenor must create and validate an eRegistration account using the eRegistration link. Select the eFiling link to log on and submit the intervention or protests. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 5 copies of the intervention or protest to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. The filings in the above-referenced proceeding are accessible in the Commission’s eLibrary system by clicking on the appropriate link in the above list. They are also 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:29 Jun 28, 2017 Jkt 241001 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP16–10–000; Docket No. CP16–13–000] Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Mountain Valley Project and Equitrans Expansion Project: Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, Equitrans LP The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared a final 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 final 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 of 1969 (NEPA). The FERC staff concludes that construction and operation of the projects would result in some adverse environmental impacts. In the case of the clearing of forest, effects may be PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29539 long-term and significant. However, for most other environmental resources, effects should be temporary or shortterm, and impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels with the implementation of the applicants’ proposed mitigation measures and the additional measures recommended in the final EIS. The United States (U.S.) Department of Agriculture Forest Service (FS); U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE); U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM); the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), West Virginia Field Office; 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 final 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. Proposed Facilities The final EIS addresses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the proposed facilities. For the MVP, facilities include: • About 304 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); • 3 new taps (Webster, Roanoke Gas Lafayette, and Roanoke Gas Franklin); • 8 pig 1 launchers and receivers at 5 locations; and • 36 mainline block valves. For the EEP, facilities include: • About 7 miles total of new various diameter pipelines in six segments; • 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. 1 A pig is a device used to clean or inspect the interior of a pipeline. E:\FR\FM\29JNN1.SGM 29JNN1 29540 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 124 / Thursday, June 29, 2017 / Notices sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Actions of the Federal Agencies Informed by the Environmental Impact Statement Under Section 7 of the Natural Gas Act, the Commission determines whether interstate natural gas transportation facilities are in the public convenience and necessity and, if so, grants a Certificate to construct and operate them. The Commission bases its decisions on technical competence, financing, rates, market demand, gas supply, environmental impact, longterm feasibility, and other issues concerning a proposed project. The final EIS summarizes the environmental impacts and includes recommended conditions to the prospective Commission orders that would further reduce the impacts of the proposed actions. The BLM’s purpose and need for the proposed action is to respond to a Rightof-Way Grant application submitted by Mountain Valley. Under the Mineral Leasing Act, the Secretary of the Interior has delegated authority to the BLM to grant a right-of-way 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 43 CFR 2882.3(i). 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 an amendment to the Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) for the Jefferson National Forest that would make provision for the MVP pipeline’s construction and operation. The FS amendment to the Jefferson National Forest LRMP is analyzed in the EIS. The BLM may adopt and use the final EIS when considering the issuance of a Right-of-Way Grant to Mountain Valley for the portion of the MVP that would cross federal lands; with the concurrence of the FS and COE. Further, the FS may use the final EIS when it considers amending its LRMP for the proposed MVP crossing of the Jefferson National Forest. Although the cooperating agencies provided input to the conclusions and recommendations presented in the final EIS, the agencies will present their own conclusions and recommendations in their respective Records of Decision (ROD) for the projects. Forest Service’s Draft Record of Decision The MVP may be implemented across National Forest System (NFS) land if the VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:29 Jun 28, 2017 Jkt 241001 BLM grants the rights-of-way for the MVP pipeline to cross the Jefferson National Forest and the FS amends the Jefferson National Forest LRMP (Forest Plan). The Forest Supervisor of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests has adopted the environmental analysis conducted by FERC (in accordance with 40 CFR 1506.3(a) and (c)) to support his decision to amend the Jefferson National Forest LRMP. He has determined that five parts of the Jefferson National Forest LRMP, where 11 standards would be modified by a Forest Plan amendment (section 4.8 of the final EIS), meet the substantive requirements of the FS planning regulations (36 CFR part 219); and can be implemented without impairing the long-term productivity of NFS lands. With the amended LRMP, the MVP would be consistent with the Forest Plan. The draft decision is based on a review of the environmental analysis disclosed in the final EIS, the project record, Mountain Valley’s proposed Plan of Development, comments from the public, partners, and other agencies, and a consideration of the 36 CFR part 219 requirements for amending a Forest Plan. The FS decision is subject to objection pursuant to the provisions available at 36 CFR part 218, subparts A and B (published in the Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 59 at 18481 [March 27, 2013]). Objections to the FS decision must be filed within 45 calendar days from the publication date of the legal notice of the opportunity to object in the Roanoke Times, which is the newspaper of record for the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. The legal notice contains the details of the objection process. The FS must respond to all objections received before it makes a final decision on the proposed Forest Plan amendments. The final decision on the Forest Plan amendments and the final EIS analysis will inform the FS concurrence to the BLM for its Right-ofWay Grant. A copy of the FS draft ROD and of the legal notice for objections can be obtained by any of the following methods: Internet Web site: http:// www.fs.usda.gov/gwj; email: kovercash@ fs.fed.us@fs.fed.us; or regular mail: Karen Overcash, George WashingtonJefferson Environmental Coordinator, 5162 Valleypointe Parkway, Roanoke, VA 24019; telephone: (540) 265–5100. Comments on the Bureau of Land Management Record of Decision The BLM is soliciting comments specific to MVP impacts on federal lands managed by the COE and FS for PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 consideration in its ROD. If you wish to submit written comments to the BLM, they must be submitted within thirty (30) calendar days from the date that the EPA publishes the Notice of Availability of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Mountain Valley Project and Equitrans Expansion Project in the Federal Register. You may use any of the following methods to submit comments to the BLM: E-planning MVP Comment Submission Web page at http://bit.ly/2qByLlw; or mail to: Vicki Craft, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Southeastern State District Office, 273 Market Street, Flowood, MS 39232. Distribution of the Final Environmental Impact Statement The FERC staff mailed copies of the final EIS to federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes; potentially affected landowners and other interested individuals and groups; and newspapers and libraries in the project area. Paper copy versions of this EIS were mailed to those specifically requesting them; all others received a compact-disc version. In addition, the EIS is available for public viewing on the FERC’s Web site (www.ferc.gov) using the eLibrary link. A limited number of copies are available for distribution and public inspection at: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Public Reference Room, 888 First Street NE., Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426, (202) 502–8371. 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. 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., CP16–10 or CP16–13). 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; 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 E:\FR\FM\29JNN1.SGM 29JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 124 / Thursday, June 29, 2017 / Notices documents. Go to www.ferc.gov/docsfiling/esubscription.asp. Dated: June 23, 2017. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–13598 Filed 6–28–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project Nos. 7387–068–9222–033] sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Erie Boulevard Hydropower, L.P.; Notice of Application Accepted for Filing, Soliciting Comments, Protests and Motions To Intervene Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection: a. Type of Proceeding: Amendment of License Terms. b. Project Nos.: P–7387–068 & P– 9222–033. c. Date Filed: May 12, 2017. d. Licensee: Erie Boulevard Hydropower, L.P. e. Names and Locations of Projects: Piercefield Hydroelectric Project No. 7387, located on the Raquette River in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties, New York. Yaleville Hydroelectric Project No. 9222, located on the Raquette River, in St. Lawrence County, New York. f. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791a–825r. g. Licensee Contact Information: Mr. Steven P. Murphy, Director, U.S. Licensing, Brookfield Renewable, 33 West 1st Street South, Fulton, New York 13069, Phone: (315) 598–6130, Email: steven.murphy@ brookfieldrenewable.com h. FERC Contact: Mr. Ashish Desai, (202) 502–8370, Ashish.Desai@ferc.gov. i. Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene and protests, is 30 days from the issuance date of this notice by the Commission. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file motions to intervene, protests, comments, and recommendations, 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/ ecomment.asp. You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:29 Jun 28, 2017 Jkt 241001 FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, (866) 208–3676 (toll free), or (202) 502–8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. The first page of any filing should include docket numbers P–7387–068 and P–9222–033. j. Description of Proceeding: The licensee, Erie Boulevard Hydropower, L.P., requests that the Commission amend the license terms for two of its projects to synchronize the license expiration dates with the licensee’s four other projects, so that they can be relicensed concurrently. The other four projects’ licenses expire on December 31, 2033. All six projects are located on the Raquette River. In order to align the expiration dates, the licensee requests that the Commission extend the license for the Yaleville Project No. 9222, approximately 12 years, from January 31, 2022 to December 31, 2033. In addition, the licensee requests that the Commission accelerate the license expiration term for the Piercefield Project No. 7387 by 10 years, from October 31, 2045 to October 31, 2035. The licensee states that amending the license terms for the two projects would allow for better coordination during project relicensing for all of its projects on the Raquette River. The licensee’s request includes letters of support for the amendments of the license terms from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Adirondack Mountain Club. k. This notice is available for review and reproduction at the Commission in the Public Reference Room, Room 2A, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. The filing may also be viewed on the Commission’s Web site at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp. Enter the Docket number (P–7387–068 or P–9222–033) excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the notice. You may also register online at http://www.ferc.gov/docsfiling/esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, call toll-free 1–866–208– 3676 or email FERCOnlineSupport@ ferc.gov. For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. l. Individuals desiring to be included on the Commission’s mailing list should so indicate by writing to the Secretary of the Commission. m. Comments, Protests, or Motions to Intervene: Anyone may submit comments, a protest, or a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of Rules of Practice and PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29541 Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210, .211, and .214. In determining the appropriate action to take, the Commission will consider all protests or other comments filed, but only those who file a motion to intervene in accordance with the Commission’s Rules may become a party to the proceeding. Any comments, protests, or motions to intervene must be received on or before the specified comment date for the particular application. 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 for the amendment of the license terms. Agencies may obtain copies of the application directly from the applicant. A copy of any protest or motion to intervene must be served upon each representative of the applicant specified in the particular application. If an intervener files comments or documents with the Commission relating to the merits of an issue that may affect the responsibilities of a particular resource agency, they must also serve a copy of the document on that resource agency. A copy of all other filings in reference to this application must be accompanied by proof of service on all persons listed in the service list prepared by the Commission in this proceeding, in accordance with 18 CFR 4.34(b) and 385.2010. Dated: June 23, 2017. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–13603 Filed 6–28–17; 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 rate filings: E:\FR\FM\29JNN1.SGM 29JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

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


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

    The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or 
Commission) has prepared a final 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 final 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 of 1969 (NEPA). 
The FERC staff concludes that construction and operation of the 
projects would result in some adverse environmental impacts. In the 
case of the clearing of forest, effects may be long-term and 
significant. However, for most other environmental resources, effects 
should be temporary or short-term, and impacts would be reduced to 
less-than-significant levels with the implementation of the applicants' 
proposed mitigation measures and the additional measures recommended in 
the final EIS.
    The United States (U.S.) Department of Agriculture Forest Service 
(FS); U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE); U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency (EPA); U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 
(BLM); the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), West Virginia Field 
Office; 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 final 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.

Proposed Facilities

    The final EIS addresses the potential environmental effects of the 
construction and operation of the proposed facilities. For the MVP, 
facilities include:
     About 304 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);
     3 new taps (Webster, Roanoke Gas Lafayette, and Roanoke 
Gas Franklin);
     8 pig \1\ launchers and receivers at 5 locations; and
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     36 mainline block valves.
    For the EEP, facilities include:
     About 7 miles total of new various diameter pipelines in 
six segments;
     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.

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Actions of the Federal Agencies Informed by the Environmental Impact 
Statement

    Under Section 7 of the Natural Gas Act, the Commission determines 
whether interstate natural gas transportation facilities are in the 
public convenience and necessity and, if so, grants a Certificate to 
construct and operate them. The Commission bases its decisions on 
technical competence, financing, rates, market demand, gas supply, 
environmental impact, long-term feasibility, and other issues 
concerning a proposed project. The final EIS summarizes the 
environmental impacts and includes recommended conditions to the 
prospective Commission orders that would further reduce the impacts of 
the proposed actions.
    The BLM's purpose and need for the proposed action is to respond to 
a Right-of-Way Grant application submitted by Mountain Valley. Under 
the Mineral Leasing Act, the Secretary of the Interior has delegated 
authority to the BLM to grant a right-of-way 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 
43 CFR 2882.3(i).
    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 an amendment to the Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) 
for the Jefferson National Forest that would make provision for the MVP 
pipeline's construction and operation. The FS amendment to the 
Jefferson National Forest LRMP is analyzed in the EIS.
    The BLM may adopt and use the final EIS when considering the 
issuance of a Right-of-Way Grant to Mountain Valley for the portion of 
the MVP that would cross federal lands; with the concurrence of the FS 
and COE. Further, the FS may use the final EIS when it considers 
amending its LRMP for the proposed MVP crossing of the Jefferson 
National Forest. Although the cooperating agencies provided input to 
the conclusions and recommendations presented in the final EIS, the 
agencies will present their own conclusions and recommendations in 
their respective Records of Decision (ROD) for the projects.

Forest Service's Draft Record of Decision

    The MVP may be implemented across National Forest System (NFS) land 
if the BLM grants the rights-of-way for the MVP pipeline to cross the 
Jefferson National Forest and the FS amends the Jefferson National 
Forest LRMP (Forest Plan). The Forest Supervisor of the George 
Washington and Jefferson National Forests has adopted the environmental 
analysis conducted by FERC (in accordance with 40 CFR 1506.3(a) and 
(c)) to support his decision to amend the Jefferson National Forest 
LRMP. He has determined that five parts of the Jefferson National 
Forest LRMP, where 11 standards would be modified by a Forest Plan 
amendment (section 4.8 of the final EIS), meet the substantive 
requirements of the FS planning regulations (36 CFR part 219); and can 
be implemented without impairing the long-term productivity of NFS 
lands. With the amended LRMP, the MVP would be consistent with the 
Forest Plan. The draft decision is based on a review of the 
environmental analysis disclosed in the final EIS, the project record, 
Mountain Valley's proposed Plan of Development, comments from the 
public, partners, and other agencies, and a consideration of the 36 CFR 
part 219 requirements for amending a Forest Plan.
    The FS decision is subject to objection pursuant to the provisions 
available at 36 CFR part 218, subparts A and B (published in the 
Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 59 at 18481 [March 27, 2013]). Objections 
to the FS decision must be filed within 45 calendar days from the 
publication date of the legal notice of the opportunity to object in 
the Roanoke Times, which is the newspaper of record for the George 
Washington and Jefferson National Forests. The legal notice contains 
the details of the objection process. The FS must respond to all 
objections received before it makes a final decision on the proposed 
Forest Plan amendments. The final decision on the Forest Plan 
amendments and the final EIS analysis will inform the FS concurrence to 
the BLM for its Right-of-Way Grant.
    A copy of the FS draft ROD and of the legal notice for objections 
can be obtained by any of the following methods: Internet Web site: 
http://www.fs.usda.gov/gwj; email: kovercash@fs.fed.us@fs.fed.us; or 
regular mail: Karen Overcash, George Washington-Jefferson Environmental 
Coordinator, 5162 Valleypointe Parkway, Roanoke, VA 24019; telephone: 
(540) 265-5100.

Comments on the Bureau of Land Management Record of Decision

    The BLM is soliciting comments specific to MVP impacts on federal 
lands managed by the COE and FS for consideration in its ROD. If you 
wish to submit written comments to the BLM, they must be submitted 
within thirty (30) calendar days from the date that the EPA publishes 
the Notice of Availability of the Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Proposed Mountain Valley Project and Equitrans Expansion Project in 
the Federal Register. You may use any of the following methods to 
submit comments to the BLM: E-planning MVP Comment Submission Web page 
at http://bit.ly/2qByLlw; or mail to: Vicki Craft, U.S. Bureau of Land 
Management, Southeastern State District Office, 273 Market Street, 
Flowood, MS 39232.

Distribution of the Final Environmental Impact Statement

    The FERC staff mailed copies of the final EIS to federal, state, 
and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; 
environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes; 
potentially affected landowners and other interested individuals and 
groups; and newspapers and libraries in the project area. Paper copy 
versions of this EIS were mailed to those specifically requesting them; 
all others received a compact-disc version. In addition, the EIS is 
available for public viewing on the FERC's Web site (www.ferc.gov) 
using the eLibrary link. A limited number of copies are available for 
distribution and public inspection at: Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission, Public Reference Room, 888 First Street NE., Room 2A, 
Washington, DC 20426, (202) 502-8371.
    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. 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., CP16-
10 or CP16-13). 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; 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

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documents. Go to www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp.

    Dated: June 23, 2017.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
Deputy Secretary.
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