Northwest Pipeline LLC; Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the North Fork Nooksack Line Lowering Project, 34517-34518 [2017-15545]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 141 / Tuesday, July 25, 2017 / Notices www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call toll-free, (866) 208–3676 or TTY, (202) 502–8659. Any questions regarding this application should be directed to Alice A. Curtiss, Deputy General Counsel for National Fuel, 6363 Main Street, Williamsville, New York 14221, or phone (716) 857–7075, or by email curtissa@natfuel.com. Any person or the Commission’s staff may, within 60 days after issuance of the instant notice by the Commission, file pursuant to Rule 214 of the Commission’s Procedural Rules (18 CFR 385.214) a motion to intervene or notice of intervention and pursuant to Section 157.205 of the regulations under the NGA (18 CFR 157.205), a protest to the request. If no protest is filed within the time allowed therefore, the proposed activity shall be deemed to be authorized effective the day after the time allowed for filing a protest. If a protest is filed and not withdrawn within 30 days after the allowed time for filing a protest, the instant request shall be treated as an application for authorization pursuant to section 7 of the NGA. Pursuant to section 157.9 of the Commission’s rules, 18 CFR 157.9, within 90 days of this Notice the Commission staff will either: Complete its environmental assessment (EA) and place it into the Commission’s public record (eLibrary) for this proceeding, or issue a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review. If a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review is issued, it will indicate, among other milestones, the anticipated date for the Commission staff’s issuance of the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) or EA for this proposal. The filing of the EA in the Commission’s public record for this proceeding or the issuance of a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review will serve to notify federal and state agencies of the timing for the completion of all necessary reviews, and the subsequent need to complete all federal authorizations within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff’s FEIS or EA. Persons who wish to comment only on the environmental review of this project should submit an original and two copies of their comments to the Secretary of the Commission. Environmental commenters will be placed on the Commission’s environmental mailing list, will receive copies of the environmental documents, VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:30 Jul 24, 2017 Jkt 241001 and will be notified of meetings associated with the Commission’s environmental review process. Environmental commenters will not be required to serve copies of filed documents on all other parties. However, the non-party commenter will not receive copies of all documents filed by other parties or issued by the Commission (except for the mailing of environmental documents issued by the Commission) and will not have the right to seek court review of the Commission’s final order. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings of comments, protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the eFiling link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 5 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. Dated: July 19, 2017. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–15546 Filed 7–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP17–133–000] Northwest Pipeline LLC; Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the North Fork Nooksack Line Lowering Project On April 6, 2017, Northwest Pipeline LLC (Northwest) filed an application in Docket No. CP17–133–000 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 proposed project is known as the North Fork Nooksack Line Lowering Project (Project), and would involve replacing and lowering approximately 1,700 feet of 30-inch-diameter pipeline in Whatcom County, Washington. On April 20, 2017, 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 PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34517 schedule for the completion of the EA for the Project. Schedule for Environmental Review Issuance of EA—November 13, 2017 90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline—February 11, 2018 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 Northwest proposes to remove, replace, and lower about 1,700 feet of 30-inch-diameter pipeline in the north floodplain of the North Fork Nooksack River. The project also includes removal of about 1,550 feet of previously abandoned 26-inch-diameter pipeline that would become exposed during the replacement of the 30-inch pipeline. The Project is located in Whatcom County, near Deming, Washington. Background On May 9, 2017, the Commission issued a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed North Fork Nooksack Line Lowering Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues (NOI). The NOI 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 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Lummi Indian Business Council. The primary issues raised by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are impacts on water quality during pipeline construction; impacts on wetlands, floodplains, and riparian resources; control of invasive and noxious weeds; and impacts on endangered species. The Lummi Business Council identified that it has an active interest in the proposed Project and requested additional time to prepare and submit scoping comments. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to participate as a cooperating agency in the preparation of the EA. 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 E:\FR\FM\25JYN1.SGM 25JYN1 34518 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 141 / Tuesday, July 25, 2017 / Notices 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., CP17–133), 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: July 19, 2017. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–15545 Filed 7–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Combined Notice of Filings #2 Take notice that the Commission received the following electric rate filings: Docket Numbers: ER17–1167–002. Applicants: New York Independent System Operator, Inc. Description: Compliance filing: Compliance Effective Date Notice for BoP TCC Auctions to be effective 8/1/ 2017. Filed Date: 7/18/17. Accession Number: 20170718–5114. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/8/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–2107–000. Applicants: Southwestern Public Service Company. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: SPS–GSEC–SPEC–IA–T–L–Milwaukee– 684–0.0.0 to be effective 9/18/2017. Filed Date: 7/19/17. Accession Number: 20170719–5053. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/9/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–2108–000. Applicants: New York Independent System Operator, Inc. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: NYISO 205 filing re: Remove Bond Funds from Cash Collateral Investment Options to be effective 9/18/2017. Filed Date: 7/19/17. Accession Number: 20170719–5078. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/9/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–2109–000. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:30 Jul 24, 2017 Jkt 241001 Applicants: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., Old Dominion Electric Cooperative. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Third Revised Service Agreement No. 3746—NITSA among PJM and ODEC to be effective 7/1/2017. Filed Date: 7/19/17. Accession Number: 20170719–5091. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/9/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–2110–000. Applicants: ISO New England Inc. Description: Permanent De-List Bids and Retirement De-List Bids Submitted for 2021–22 Forward Capacity of ISO New England Inc. Filed Date: 7/19/17. Accession Number: 20170719–5102. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/9/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–2111–000. Applicants: Otter Tail Power Company. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Amendment and Restatement of Otter Tail Rate Schedule No. 110 to be effective 7/30/2010. Filed Date: 7/19/17. Accession Number: 20170719–5108. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/9/17. The filings are accessible in the Commission’s eLibrary system by clicking on the links or querying the docket number. Any person desiring to intervene or protest in any of the above proceedings must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Regulations (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214) on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on the specified comment date. Protests may be considered, but intervention is necessary to become a party to the proceeding. eFiling is encouraged. More detailed information relating to filing requirements, interventions, protests, service, and qualifying facilities filings can be found at: http://www.ferc.gov/ docs-filing/efiling/filing-req.pdf. For other information, call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Dated: July 19, 2017. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–15549 Filed 7–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. ER17–2104–000] Southern Partners; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes Request for Blanket Section 204 Authorization This is a supplemental notice in the above-referenced proceeding of Southern Partners’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 August 8, 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 Online service, please email E:\FR\FM\25JYN1.SGM 25JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 141 (Tuesday, July 25, 2017)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP17-133-000]


Northwest Pipeline LLC; Notice of Schedule for Environmental 
Review of the North Fork Nooksack Line Lowering Project

    On April 6, 2017, Northwest Pipeline LLC (Northwest) filed an 
application in Docket No. CP17-133-000 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 proposed project is known as the North Fork Nooksack 
Line Lowering Project (Project), and would involve replacing and 
lowering approximately 1,700 feet of 30-inch-diameter pipeline in 
Whatcom County, Washington.
    On April 20, 2017, 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--November 13, 2017
90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline--February 11, 2018

    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

    Northwest proposes to remove, replace, and lower about 1,700 feet 
of 30-inch-diameter pipeline in the north floodplain of the North Fork 
Nooksack River. The project also includes removal of about 1,550 feet 
of previously abandoned 26-inch-diameter pipeline that would become 
exposed during the replacement of the 30-inch pipeline. The Project is 
located in Whatcom County, near Deming, Washington.

Background

    On May 9, 2017, the Commission issued a Notice of Intent to Prepare 
an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed North Fork Nooksack Line 
Lowering Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues 
(NOI). The NOI 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 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the 
Lummi Indian Business Council. The primary issues raised by the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency are impacts on water quality during 
pipeline construction; impacts on wetlands, floodplains, and riparian 
resources; control of invasive and noxious weeds; and impacts on 
endangered species. The Lummi Business Council identified that it has 
an active interest in the proposed Project and requested additional 
time to prepare and submit scoping comments.
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to participate as a 
cooperating agency in the preparation of the EA.

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

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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., CP17-133), 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: July 19, 2017.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-15545 Filed 7-24-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 6717-01-P