Gulf LNG Liquefaction Company, LLC, Gulf LNG Energy, LLC, Gulf LNG Pipelines, LLC; Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project, 45440-45441 [2018-19388]

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[FR Doc. 2018–19408 Filed 9–6–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP15–521–000] Gulf LNG Liquefaction Company, LLC, Gulf LNG Energy, LLC, Gulf LNG Pipelines, LLC; Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project On June 19, 2015, Gulf LNG Liquefaction Company, LLC and Gulf LNG Energy, LLC, and Gulf LNG Pipeline, LLC (collectively referred to as Gulf LNG) filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) in Docket No. CP15–521–000 pursuant to section 3(a) and 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act, requesting authorization to construct and operate the Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project (Project) at Gulf Energy’s existing import liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Jackson County, Mississippi. Within the same application, Gulf LNG Pipeline, LLC proposes to make modifications to the terminal’s send-out pipeline to allow for bi-directional flow. The Project would expand the terminal to enable it to liquefy approximately 11 million metric tons of LNG per year for export. On June 15, 2012, in Order No. 3104, the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, granted to Gulf LNG authorization to export LNG by vessel from the terminal to Free Trade Agreement nations. On August 31, 2012, Gulf LNG filed an application with the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, for a long-term, multicontract authorization to export LNG to Non-Free Trade Agreement nations. A decision by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy is still pending. FERC issued its Notice of Application for the Project on July 1, 2015. Among other things, that notice alerted other agencies issuing federal authorizations of the requirement to complete all necessary reviews and to reach a final decision on the request for a federal authorization within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff’s final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Project. This notice identifies the FERC staff’s planned schedule for completion of the final EIS for the Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project, PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 which is based on an issuance of the draft EIS in November 2018. The forecasted schedule for both the draft and final EIS is based upon Gulf LNG providing complete and timely responses to any future data requests. In addition, the schedule assumes that the cooperating agencies will provide input on their areas of responsibility on a timely basis. Schedule for Environmental Review Issuance of Notice of Availability of the final EIS—April 17, 2019 90-Day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline—July 16, 2019 If a schedule change becomes necessary for the final EIS, an additional notice will be provided so that the relevant agencies are kept informed of project’s progress. Background On May 21, 2014, the Commission staff granted Gulf LNG’s request to use FERC’s pre-filing environmental review process and assigned the Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project Docket No. PF13– 4–000. On July 31, 2014, the Commission issued a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Planned Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Notice of Public Scoping Meeting. On August 27, 2014, the Commission issued a Notice of Extension of Time to allow additional time for comments. The notices were sent to federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American Tribes; affected property owners; other interested parties; and local libraries and newspapers. Major issues raised during scoping include impacts on air and water quality, socioeconomic conditions, environmental justice, federal and state-listed threatened and endangered species, noise levels and nighttime light, visual resources, public safety, and cumulative impacts. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy; U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service; and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are cooperating agencies in the preparation of the EIS. Additional Information In order to receive notification of the issuance of the EIS and to keep track of E:\FR\FM\07SEN1.SGM 07SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 174 / Friday, September 7, 2018 / Notices 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 via email. Go to www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ esubscription.asp. Additional information about the Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project is available from the Commission’s Office of External Affairs at (866) 208–FERC or on the FERC website (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., CP15–521), and follow the instructions. 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CP17–20–000; CP17–21–000; CP17–21–001; CP18–7–000] daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Port Arthur Liquefaction Project, the Texas Connector Project, and the Louisiana Connector Project: Port Arthur LNG, LLC; PALNG Common Facilities Company, LLC; Port Arthur Pipeline, LLC On November 29, 2016, Port Arthur LNG, LLC and PALNG Common Facilities Company, LLC (collectively referred to as PALNG) filed an application in Docket No. CP17–20–000 requesting authorization pursuant to Section 3(a) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) to construct and operate liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities. On the same day, Port Arthur Pipeline, LLC (PAPL) filed an application in Docket No. CP17–21–000, requesting a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity pursuant to Section 7(c) of the NGA to construct, operate, and maintain certain natural VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 06, 2018 Jkt 244001 gas pipeline facilities for its Texas Connector Project. On October 16, 2017, PAPL filed an application in Docket No. CP18–7–000, requesting a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity pursuant to Section 7(c) of the NGA to construct, operate, and maintain certain natural gas pipeline facilities for its Louisiana Connector Project. The combined projects, collectively referred to as the Port Arthur Liquefaction and Pipeline Projects (Projects), would provide gas and processing to produce up to 13.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG for export. On August 20, 2015, in Order No. 3698, the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, granted to Port Arthur LNG, LLC a long-term, multi-contract authorization to export LNG to Free Trade Agreement nations. On December 13, 2016, and October 30, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) issued its Notices of Application for the Projects. Among other things, these notices alerted other agencies issuing federal authorizations of the requirement to complete all necessary reviews and to reach a final decision on the request for a federal authorization within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff’s final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Projects. This instant notice identifies the FERC staff’s planned schedule for completion of the final EIS for the Projects, which is based on an issuance of the draft EIS in September 2018. The forecasted schedule for both the draft and final EIS is based upon PALNG and PAPL providing complete and timely responses to any future data requests. In addition, the schedule assumes that the cooperating agencies will provide input on their areas of responsibility on a timely basis. Schedule for Environmental Review Issuance of Notice of Availability of the final EIS—January 31, 2019 90-Day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline—May 1, 2019 If a schedule change becomes necessary for the final EIS, an additional notice will be provided so that the relevant agencies are kept informed of the Projects’ progress. Project Description PALNG’s proposed facilities consist of an export liquefaction termination that includes two LNG liquefaction trains, three LNG storage tanks, a refrigerant storage area and truck unloading facilities, a condensate storage area and truck loading facilities, a construction dock, a marine offloading facility, a pioneer dock, and two marine berths capable of accommodating two LNG PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45441 carriers of up to 266,000 cubic meters each. PALNG’s proposed facilities would occupy approximately 898 acres of a 2,900-acre site on the western shore of the Port Arthur Canal, about 5 miles south of Port Arthur, Texas and 6 miles north of Sabine, Texas. PAPL’s Texas Connector Project would consist of 26.6 miles of 42-inchdiameter pipeline entering the liquefaction facility from the north; 7.6 miles of 42-inch-diameter pipeline entering the liquefaction facility from the south; 4.7 miles of lateral pipelines; two compressor stations providing a total of approximately 31,600 horsepower of compression; six meter stations; eight pig launchers and receivers; and one mainline valve. These facilities would be located in in Jefferson and Orange Counties, Texas and Cameron Parish, Louisiana. PAPL’s Louisiana Connector Project would consist of 130.8 miles of 42-inchdiameter pipeline; 0.5 mile of lateral pipelines; one compressor station providing a total of approximately 89,900 horsepower of compression; nine meter stations; nine mainline valves; and four pig launchers/receivers in Jefferson and Orange Counties, Texas and Cameron, Calcasieu, Beauregard, Allen, Evangeline, and St. Landry Parishes, Louisiana. Background On March 31, 2015, the Commission staff granted PALNG’s and PAPL’s requests to use the FERC’s Pre-filing environmental review process for the Liquefaction and Texas Connector Projects. On June 24, 2015, the Commission issued a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Planned Port Arthur Liquefaction Project and Port Arthur Pipeline Project, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Notice of Public Scoping Meeting. On March 17, 2017, the Commission staff granted PAPL’s request to use the FERC’s Prefiling environmental review process for the Louisiana Connector Project. On May 25, 2017, the Commission issued a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Planned Louisiana Connector Project, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Notice of Public Scoping Sessions. The two referenced Notices of Intent were issued during the respective prefiling review of the Projects, and were sent to federal, state, and local government agencies; elected officials; affected landowners; environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes and regional organizations; commentors and other interested E:\FR\FM\07SEN1.SGM 07SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 174 (Friday, September 7, 2018)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-19388]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP15-521-000]


Gulf LNG Liquefaction Company, LLC, Gulf LNG Energy, LLC, Gulf 
LNG Pipelines, LLC; Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the 
Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project

    On June 19, 2015, Gulf LNG Liquefaction Company, LLC and Gulf LNG 
Energy, LLC, and Gulf LNG Pipeline, LLC (collectively referred to as 
Gulf LNG) filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission (FERC or Commission) in Docket No. CP15-521-000 pursuant to 
section 3(a) and 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act, requesting authorization 
to construct and operate the Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project (Project) at 
Gulf Energy's existing import liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in 
Jackson County, Mississippi. Within the same application, Gulf LNG 
Pipeline, LLC proposes to make modifications to the terminal's send-out 
pipeline to allow for bi-directional flow. The Project would expand the 
terminal to enable it to liquefy approximately 11 million metric tons 
of LNG per year for export. On June 15, 2012, in Order No. 3104, the 
U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, granted to Gulf LNG 
authorization to export LNG by vessel from the terminal to Free Trade 
Agreement nations. On August 31, 2012, Gulf LNG filed an application 
with the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, for a 
long-term, multi-contract authorization to export LNG to Non-Free Trade 
Agreement nations. A decision by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office 
of Fossil Energy is still pending.
    FERC issued its Notice of Application for the Project on July 1, 
2015. Among other things, that notice alerted other agencies issuing 
federal authorizations of the requirement to complete all necessary 
reviews and to reach a final decision on the request for a federal 
authorization within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission 
staff's final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Project. 
This notice identifies the FERC staff's planned schedule for completion 
of the final EIS for the Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project, which is based 
on an issuance of the draft EIS in November 2018. The forecasted 
schedule for both the draft and final EIS is based upon Gulf LNG 
providing complete and timely responses to any future data requests. In 
addition, the schedule assumes that the cooperating agencies will 
provide input on their areas of responsibility on a timely basis.

Schedule for Environmental Review

Issuance of Notice of Availability of the final EIS--April 17, 2019
90-Day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline--July 16, 2019

    If a schedule change becomes necessary for the final EIS, an 
additional notice will be provided so that the relevant agencies are 
kept informed of project's progress.

Background

    On May 21, 2014, the Commission staff granted Gulf LNG's request to 
use FERC's pre-filing environmental review process and assigned the 
Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project Docket No. PF13-4-000. On July 31, 2014, 
the Commission issued a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental 
Impact Statement for the Planned Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project, Request 
for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Notice of Public Scoping 
Meeting. On August 27, 2014, the Commission issued a Notice of 
Extension of Time to allow additional time for comments. The notices 
were sent to federal, state, and local government representatives and 
agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; 
Native American Tribes; affected property owners; other interested 
parties; and local libraries and newspapers. Major issues raised during 
scoping include impacts on air and water quality, socioeconomic 
conditions, environmental justice, federal and state-listed threatened 
and endangered species, noise levels and nighttime light, visual 
resources, public safety, and cumulative impacts.
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Department 
of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy; U.S. Department of Transportation, 
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration; U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 
National Marine Fisheries Service; and U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency are cooperating agencies in the preparation of the EIS.

Additional Information

    In order to receive notification of the issuance of the EIS and to 
keep track of

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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 via email. Go to www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp.
    Additional information about the Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project is 
available from the Commission's Office of External Affairs at (866) 
208-FERC or on the FERC website (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., 
CP15-521), 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 [email protected]. The eLibrary link on the FERC 
website also provides access to the texts of formal documents issued by 
the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rule makings.

    Dated: August 31, 2018.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2018-19388 Filed 9-6-18; 8:45 am]
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