Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC, Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc., Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc.; Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Supply Header Project, 35192-35194 [2017-15911]

Download as PDF 35192 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 144 / Friday, July 28, 2017 / Notices [FR Doc. 2017–15932 Filed 7–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Combined Notice of Filings #1 Take notice that the Commission received the following electric rate filings: Docket Numbers: ER16–1923–000. Applicants: Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. Description: Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. submits tariff filing per 35.19a(b): Refund Report (ER16–1923–000 and –002) to be effective N/A. Filed Date: 7/21/17. Accession Number: 20170721–5120. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/11/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–2029–001. Applicants: Entergy Arkansas, Inc. Description: Tariff Amendment: EAI– ESI Reimbursement Agreement Extension to be effective 12/31/9998. Filed Date: 7/20/17. Accession Number: 20170720–5136. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/10/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–2030–001. Applicants: Entergy Louisiana, LLC. Description: Tariff Amendment: ELL– ESI Reimbursement Agreement Extemsion to be effective 12/31/9998. Filed Date: 7/20/17. Accession Number: 20170720–5138. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/10/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–2031–001. Applicants: Entergy Mississippi, Inc. Description: Tariff Amendment: EMI– ESI Reimbursement Agreement Extension to be effective 12/31/9998. Filed Date: 7/20/17. Accession Number: 20170720–5139. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/10/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–2033–001. Applicants: Entergy New Orleans, Inc. Description: Tariff Amendment: ENO–ESI Reimbursement Agreement to be effective 12/31/9998. Filed Date: 7/20/17. Accession Number: 20170720–5140. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/10/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–2034–001. Applicants: Entergy Texas, Inc. Description: Tariff Amendment: ETI– ESI Reimbursement Agreement to be effective 12/31/9998. Filed Date: 7/20/17. Accession Number: 20170720–5141. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/10/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–2115–000. Applicants: Northern States Power Company, a Minnesota corporation. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:50 Jul 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: NSPM Concurrence to OTP RS 110, Suppl No. 3 to be effective 4/16/2016. Filed Date: 7/21/17. Accession Number: 20170721–5001. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/11/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–2116–000. Applicants: Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc., ITC Midwest LLC. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: 2017–07–21_Revisions to ITCM Attachment O for Abandoned Plant Incentive to be effective 9/20/2017. Filed Date: 7/21/17. Accession Number: 20170721–5040. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/11/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–2118–000. Applicants: ISO New England Inc., New England Power Pool Participants Comm. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Rev. to Sec. II.44(1)(a) to Conform with DayAhead Energy Mkt. Sched. Timeline to be effective 9/20/2017. Filed Date: 7/21/17. Accession Number: 20170721–5092. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/11/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–2119–000. Applicants: Energy Consulting Services, LLC. Description: Notice of cancellation of Market-Based Rate Tariff of Energy Consulting Services, LLC. Filed Date: 7/19/17. Accession Number: 20170720–0015. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/9/17. Take notice that the Commission received the following foreign utility company status filings: Docket Numbers: FC17–4–000. Applicants: I Squared Capital. Description: Self-Certification of FUCO on behalf of Orazul Companies. Filed Date: 7/21/17. Accession Number: 20170721–5066. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/11/17. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 other information, call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Dated: July 21, 2017. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–15912 Filed 7–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket Nos. CP15–554–000, CP15–554– 001, CP15–555–000, CP15–556–000] Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC, Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc., Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc.; Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Supply Header Project The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared a final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and Supply Header Project (SHP) as proposed by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC (Atlantic) and Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc. (DETI), respectively, in the above-referenced dockets. Atlantic and DETI request authorization to construct and operate a total of 642.0 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline and associated facilities, and three new natural gas-fired compressor stations; and to modify four existing compressor stations. The projects would provide about 1.44 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas to electric generation, distribution, and end use markets in Virginia and North Carolina. In addition, Atlantic and Piedmont Natural Gas. Co., Inc. (Piedmont) request authorization to allow Atlantic to lease capacity on Piedmont’s existing pipeline distribution system in North Carolina for use by Atlantic (Capacity Lease Proposal). No construction or facility modifications are proposed with the Capacity Lease. The final EIS assesses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the projects in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FERC staff concludes that approval of the projects would have some adverse and significant environmental impacts; however, the majority of impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels with the implementation of the Atlantic’s and DETI’s proposed E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 144 / Friday, July 28, 2017 / Notices mitigation and the additional measures recommended in the EIS. The U.S. Department of Agriculture— Forest Service (FS); U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 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 participate in the NEPA analysis. Further, the FS may use the EIS when it considers amendments to Land and Resource Management Plans (LRMPs) and authorizations for special use permits (SUPs) for the proposed crossings of the Monongahela National Forest (MNF) and George Washington National Forest (GWNF). Although the cooperating agencies provide input to the conclusions and recommendations presented in the final EIS, each agency may present its own conclusions and recommendations in its respective record of decision or determination for the projects. The final EIS addresses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the following project facilities: ACP would include: • 519.7 miles of new 42- and 36-inchdiameter natural gas pipeline in West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina; • 84.8 miles of 20- and 16-inchdiameter natural gas pipeline in Virginia and North Carolina; • three new compressor stations in Lewis County, West Virginia; Buckingham County, Virginia; and Northampton County, North Carolina; and • nine meter stations, along with pig 1 launchers/receivers and mainline valves. SHP would include: • 37.5 miles of new 30-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania and West Virginia; • modifications at four existing compressor stations in Westmoreland and Green Counties, Pennsylvania and Marshall and Wetzel Counties, West Virginia; • abandonment of existing compressor units and associated facilities in Wetzel County, West Virginia; and 1 A pipeline pig is a device used to clean or inspect a pipeline. A pig launcher/receiver is an aboveground facility where pigs are inserted or retrieved from the pipeline. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:50 Jul 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 • one meter station, along with pig launchers/receivers and mainline valves. Actions of the Forest Service The FS’s purpose and need for the proposed action is to respond to a special use application submitted by Atlantic on November 12, 2015, to allow the construction and operation of ACP on National Forest System (NFS) lands managed by the MNF and GWNF. If the FS decides to authorize the pipeline crossing of NFS lands and issue SUPs, the FS has determined that amendments to each national forest LRMP would be needed. Pursuant to Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations Part 1506.3(c) (40 CFR 1506.3(c)), the FS may adopt and use this EIS developed by FERC to consider authorization for the construction and operation of the ACP crossing NFS lands. Further, the FS may use this EIS when it considers amendments to the LRMPs that would be required for the proposed crossings of the MNF and GWNF. Forest Service’s Draft Record of Decision After issuance of the final EIS, the FS will release a single draft Record of Decision (ROD) for the authorization of a SUP to Atlantic for use of and to occupy NFS lands to construct, operate, maintain, and eventually decommission a natural gas pipeline that crosses lands administered by the MNF and GWNF; and for approval of the project-specific LRMP amendments associated with implementing the ACP on the MNF and the GWNF. The Regional Foresters (RFs) in the Eastern Region (for the MNF) and the Southern Region (for the GWNF) will be the responsible officials for the ROD. The RF for the Eastern Region has determined that two parts of the MNF LRMP, where four 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 219) and could be implemented without impairing the long-term productivity of NFS lands. Similarly, the RF for the Southern Region has determined that six parts of the GWNF LRMP, where nine standards would be modified by a Forest Plan amendment, meet the substantive requirements of the FS planning regulations and could be implemented without impairing the long-term productivity on NFS lands. With the amended LRMPs, the ACP would be consistent with both Forests’ LRMPs. This draft ROD will be based on a review of the environmental analysis disclosed in the final EIS; the project PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 35193 record; Atlantic’s proposed Construction, Operation, and Maintenance Plan; comments received from the public, partners, and other agencies; and consideration of the 36 CFR 219 requirements for amending a Forest Plan. The draft ROD is subject to the FS pre-decision objection process 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 draft ROD on the authorization of the pipeline and the LRMP amendments must be filed within 45 calendar days from the publication date of the legal notice of the opportunity to object in The Milwaukee Journal/ Sentinel and Atlanta JournalConstitution, which are the newspapers of RODs made by the Eastern Region and Southern Region RFs. Notices will also be published in the Inter-Mountain and The Roanoke Times for local notification of the FS draft ROD. The legal notices will contain the details of the objection process. The FS must respond to all objections received before it makes a final decision. A copy of the FS draft ROD and the legal notices for objections can be obtained by any of the following methods: For the GWNF: • Internet Web site: http:// www.fs.usda.gov/gwj; • Email: kovercash@fs.fed.us; or • Regular mail: Karen Overcash, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, 5162 Valleypointe Parkway, Roanoke, VA 24019; telephone: (540) 265–5100. For the MNF: • Internet Web site: http:// www.fs.usda.gov/mnf; • Email: karenlstevens@fs.fed.us; or • Regular mail: Karen Stevens, Monongahela National Forest, 200 Sycamore Street, Elkins, WV 26241; telephone (304) 636–1800. 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; newspapers and libraries in the project area; and parties to this proceeding. Paper copy versions of this final EIS were mailed to those specifically requesting them; all others received a CD version. In addition, the final EIS is available for public viewing on the E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 35194 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 144 / Friday, July 28, 2017 / Notices FERC’s Web site (www.ferc.gov) using the eLibrary link. A limited number of copies of the final EIS 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 projects 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., CP15– 554, CP15–555, or CP15–556). 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 that 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 to subscribe. Dated: July 21, 2017. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–15911 Filed 7–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP17–473–000] asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation; Notice of Request Under Blanket Authorization Take notice that on July 14, 2017, National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation (National Fuel), 6363 Main Street, Williamsville, New York 14221, filed a prior notice application pursuant to sections 157.205 and 157.216 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (Commission) regulations under the Natural Gas Act (NGA), and National Fuel’s blanket certificate issued in Docket No. CP83–4–000. National Fuel requests authorization to VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:50 Jul 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 abandon one injection/withdrawal (I/W) storage well in its Henderson Storage Field (Henderson), and remove a portion of the associated well line, all located in Irwin Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania, all as more fully set forth in the request, which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection. The filing may also be viewed on the Web at http:// 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. Specifically National Fuel proposes to abandon Well 3168 in Henderson and removal of approximately 30 feet of 4inch-diameter well line NW–3168 that connects Well 3168 to branch line N14SB1, which is connected to N36S, an 8-inch storage line looping around the field, all located in Irwin Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania. Any questions regarding this application should be directed to Alice A. Curtiss Deputy General Counsel, National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation, 6363 Main Street, Williamsville, New York 14221–5887 or phone (716) 857– 7075, or by email at 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) PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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, 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 24, 2017. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–15915 Filed 7–27–17; 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: EC17–140–000. Applicants: Wildorado Wind, LLC. Description: Application for Approval Under Section 203 of the Federal Power Act of Wildorado Wind, LLC. Filed Date: 7/21/17. Accession Number: 20170721–5189. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/11/17. E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket Nos. CP15-554-000, CP15-554-001, CP15-555-000, CP15-556-000]


Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC, Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc., 
Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc.; Notice of Availability of the Final 
Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline 
and Supply Header Project

    The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or 
Commission) has prepared a final environmental impact statement (EIS) 
for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and Supply Header Project (SHP) 
as proposed by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC (Atlantic) and Dominion 
Energy Transmission, Inc. (DETI), respectively, in the above-referenced 
dockets. Atlantic and DETI request authorization to construct and 
operate a total of 642.0 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline and 
associated facilities, and three new natural gas-fired compressor 
stations; and to modify four existing compressor stations. The projects 
would provide about 1.44 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas to 
electric generation, distribution, and end use markets in Virginia and 
North Carolina. In addition, Atlantic and Piedmont Natural Gas. Co., 
Inc. (Piedmont) request authorization to allow Atlantic to lease 
capacity on Piedmont's existing pipeline distribution system in North 
Carolina for use by Atlantic (Capacity Lease Proposal). No construction 
or facility modifications are proposed with the Capacity Lease.
    The final EIS assesses the potential environmental effects of the 
construction and operation of the projects in accordance with the 
requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FERC 
staff concludes that approval of the projects would have some adverse 
and significant environmental impacts; however, the majority of impacts 
would be reduced to less-than-significant levels with the 
implementation of the Atlantic's and DETI's proposed

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mitigation and the additional measures recommended in the EIS.
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture--Forest Service (FS); U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service; 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 participate in the 
NEPA analysis. Further, the FS may use the EIS when it considers 
amendments to Land and Resource Management Plans (LRMPs) and 
authorizations for special use permits (SUPs) for the proposed 
crossings of the Monongahela National Forest (MNF) and George 
Washington National Forest (GWNF). Although the cooperating agencies 
provide input to the conclusions and recommendations presented in the 
final EIS, each agency may present its own conclusions and 
recommendations in its respective record of decision or determination 
for the projects.
    The final EIS addresses the potential environmental effects of the 
construction and operation of the following project facilities:
    ACP would include:
     519.7 miles of new 42- and 36-inch-diameter natural gas 
pipeline in West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina;
     84.8 miles of 20- and 16-inch-diameter natural gas 
pipeline in Virginia and North Carolina;
     three new compressor stations in Lewis County, West 
Virginia; Buckingham County, Virginia; and Northampton County, North 
Carolina; and
     nine meter stations, along with pig \1\ launchers/
receivers and mainline valves.
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    \1\ A pipeline pig is a device used to clean or inspect a 
pipeline. A pig launcher/receiver is an aboveground facility where 
pigs are inserted or retrieved from the pipeline.
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    SHP would include:
     37.5 miles of new 30-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline in 
Pennsylvania and West Virginia;
     modifications at four existing compressor stations in 
Westmoreland and Green Counties, Pennsylvania and Marshall and Wetzel 
Counties, West Virginia;
     abandonment of existing compressor units and associated 
facilities in Wetzel County, West Virginia; and
     one meter station, along with pig launchers/receivers and 
mainline valves.

Actions of the Forest Service

    The FS's purpose and need for the proposed action is to respond to 
a special use application submitted by Atlantic on November 12, 2015, 
to allow the construction and operation of ACP on National Forest 
System (NFS) lands managed by the MNF and GWNF. If the FS decides to 
authorize the pipeline crossing of NFS lands and issue SUPs, the FS has 
determined that amendments to each national forest LRMP would be 
needed.
    Pursuant to Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations Part 1506.3(c) (40 
CFR 1506.3(c)), the FS may adopt and use this EIS developed by FERC to 
consider authorization for the construction and operation of the ACP 
crossing NFS lands. Further, the FS may use this EIS when it considers 
amendments to the LRMPs that would be required for the proposed 
crossings of the MNF and GWNF.

Forest Service's Draft Record of Decision

    After issuance of the final EIS, the FS will release a single draft 
Record of Decision (ROD) for the authorization of a SUP to Atlantic for 
use of and to occupy NFS lands to construct, operate, maintain, and 
eventually decommission a natural gas pipeline that crosses lands 
administered by the MNF and GWNF; and for approval of the project-
specific LRMP amendments associated with implementing the ACP on the 
MNF and the GWNF. The Regional Foresters (RFs) in the Eastern Region 
(for the MNF) and the Southern Region (for the GWNF) will be the 
responsible officials for the ROD. The RF for the Eastern Region has 
determined that two parts of the MNF LRMP, where four 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 219) and could be implemented without impairing the long-term 
productivity of NFS lands. Similarly, the RF for the Southern Region 
has determined that six parts of the GWNF LRMP, where nine standards 
would be modified by a Forest Plan amendment, meet the substantive 
requirements of the FS planning regulations and could be implemented 
without impairing the long-term productivity on NFS lands. With the 
amended LRMPs, the ACP would be consistent with both Forests' LRMPs. 
This draft ROD will be based on a review of the environmental analysis 
disclosed in the final EIS; the project record; Atlantic's proposed 
Construction, Operation, and Maintenance Plan; comments received from 
the public, partners, and other agencies; and consideration of the 36 
CFR 219 requirements for amending a Forest Plan.
    The draft ROD is subject to the FS pre-decision objection process 
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 draft ROD on the authorization of the 
pipeline and the LRMP amendments must be filed within 45 calendar days 
from the publication date of the legal notice of the opportunity to 
object in The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel and Atlanta Journal-
Constitution, which are the newspapers of RODs made by the Eastern 
Region and Southern Region RFs. Notices will also be published in the 
Inter-Mountain and The Roanoke Times for local notification of the FS 
draft ROD. The legal notices will contain the details of the objection 
process. The FS must respond to all objections received before it makes 
a final decision.
    A copy of the FS draft ROD and the legal notices for objections can 
be obtained by any of the following methods:
    For the GWNF:
     Internet Web site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/gwj;
     Email: kovercash@fs.fed.us; or
     Regular mail: Karen Overcash, George Washington and 
Jefferson National Forests, 5162 Valleypointe Parkway, Roanoke, VA 
24019; telephone: (540) 265-5100.
    For the MNF:
     Internet Web site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/mnf;
     Email: karenlstevens@fs.fed.us; or
     Regular mail: Karen Stevens, Monongahela National Forest, 
200 Sycamore Street, Elkins, WV 26241; telephone (304) 636-1800.

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; newspapers and libraries in the project area; and parties to 
this proceeding. Paper copy versions of this final EIS were mailed to 
those specifically requesting them; all others received a CD version. 
In addition, the final EIS is available for public viewing on the

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FERC's Web site (www.ferc.gov) using the eLibrary link. A limited 
number of copies of the final EIS 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 projects 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., CP15-
554, CP15-555, or CP15-556). 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 that 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 to 
subscribe.

    Dated: July 21, 2017.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
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