Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project; Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC, 47503 [2017-22000]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 196 / Thursday, October 12, 2017 / Notices 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 October 25, 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. 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[FR Doc. 2017–22009 Filed 10–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP17–80–000] Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project; Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC On March 15, 2017, Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (Columbia) filed an VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:35 Oct 11, 2017 Jkt 244001 application in Docket No. CP17–80–000 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 Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project (Project), and would involve construction and operation of approximately 3.4 miles of 8-inchdiameter pipeline in Fulton County, Pennsylvania; Washington County, Maryland: and Morgan County, West Virginia. On April 25, 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—January 26, 2018 90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline—April 26, 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 Columbia proposes to construct, operate, and maintain the Project in three counties and states (Fulton County, Pennsylvania; Washington County, Maryland; and Morgan County, West Virginia). The Project would provide an additional 47.5 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of capacity for firm transportation service to markets in West Virginia through Mountaineer Gas Company’s (Mountaineer) gathering system. The Project will involve the construction and operation of approximately 3.4 miles of new greenfield 8-inch-diameter pipeline, three main line valves, and two new tiein assemblies. Background On April 25, 2017, the Commission issued a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Eastern Panhandle Expansion 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 PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 47503 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. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service, Potomac Riverkeeper Network, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, Waterkeepers Chesapeake, Allegheny Defense Project, West Virginia Rivers, 1,761 signatories from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and 115 concerned citizens from the region. The primary issues raised by the commentors are: Potential impacts on the Potomac River, karst features, groundwater quality, safety, climate change, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. The U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are cooperating agencies 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 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., CP17–080), 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: October 5, 2017. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–22000 Filed 10–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP17-80-000]


Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Eastern 
Panhandle Expansion Project; Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC

    On March 15, 2017, Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (Columbia) filed 
an application in Docket No. CP17-80-000 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 Eastern Panhandle 
Expansion Project (Project), and would involve construction and 
operation of approximately 3.4 miles of 8-inch-diameter pipeline in 
Fulton County, Pennsylvania; Washington County, Maryland: and Morgan 
County, West Virginia.
    On April 25, 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--January 26, 2018
90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline--April 26, 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

    Columbia proposes to construct, operate, and maintain the Project 
in three counties and states (Fulton County, Pennsylvania; Washington 
County, Maryland; and Morgan County, West Virginia). The Project would 
provide an additional 47.5 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of capacity for 
firm transportation service to markets in West Virginia through 
Mountaineer Gas Company's (Mountaineer) gathering system. The Project 
will involve the construction and operation of approximately 3.4 miles 
of new greenfield 8-inch-diameter pipeline, three main line valves, and 
two new tie-in assemblies.

Background

    On April 25, 2017, the Commission issued a Notice of Intent to 
Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Eastern Panhandle 
Expansion 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. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. 
Department of Interior, National Park Service, Potomac Riverkeeper 
Network, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, Waterkeepers Chesapeake, Allegheny 
Defense Project, West Virginia Rivers, 1,761 signatories from the 
Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and 115 concerned citizens from the 
region. The primary issues raised by the commentors are: Potential 
impacts on the Potomac River, karst features, groundwater quality, 
safety, climate change, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National 
Historical Park.
    The U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service and the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency are cooperating agencies 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 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., CP17-080), 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: October 5, 2017.
Kimberly D. Bose,
 Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-22000 Filed 10-11-17; 8:45 am]
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