Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Venture Global Plaquemines LNG, LLC and Venture Global Gator Express, LLC Plaquemines LNG and Gator Express Pipeline Project, 45436-45437 [2018-19394]

Download as PDF 45436 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 174 / Friday, September 7, 2018 / Notices facilities. The pipeline would originate near Malin in Klamath County, Oregon, traverse Douglas and Jackson Counties, and terminate (at the LNG Terminal) in Coos County. The associated aboveground facilities would include the new Klamath Compressor Station (62,200 horsepower) near Malin. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Background On February 10, 2017, the Commission staff granted Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector’s requests to use the FERC’s Pre-filing environmental review process and assigned them jointly to Docket No. PF17–4–000. On June 9, 2017, the Commission issued a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Planned Jordan Cove LNG Terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline Projects, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Notice of Public Scoping Sessions (NOI). The NOI was issued during the prefiling review of the Projects in Docket No. PF17–4–000 and was 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 parties; and local libraries and newspapers. Major issues raised during scoping include purpose and need, property rights, use of eminent domain, reliability and safety, cumulative impacts, cultural resources, threatened and endangered species, water resources, vegetation, and alternatives. The U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Department of Energy, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and the Coquille Indian Tribe 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 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 06, 2018 Jkt 244001 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., CP17–494 and/or CP17–495), 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 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. Issuance of Final Order—February 6, 2020 If a schedule change becomes necessary for the final order, an additional notice will be provided so that interested parties and government agencies are kept informed of the Project’s progress. Dated: August 31, 2018. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–19396 Filed 9–6–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket Nos. CP17–66–000; CP17–67–000] [FR Doc. 2018–19403 Filed 9–6–18; 8:45 am] Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Venture Global Plaquemines LNG, LLC and Venture Global Gator Express, LLC Plaquemines LNG and Gator Express Pipeline Project BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket Nos. CP17–178–000] Notice of Anticipated Schedule of Final Order for the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Alaska LNG Project On April 17, 2017, Alaska Gasline Development Corporation filed an application in Docket No. CP17–178– 000, pursuant to section 3 of the Natural Gas Act and Part 153 of the Commission’s regulations, for authorization to site, construct, and operate a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal and associated facilities on the eastern shore of Cook Inlet in the Nikiski area of the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, and to construct approximately 871 miles of natural gas pipeline and associated facilities, all within the State of Alaska. The proposed project, known as the Alaska LNG (Project), would liquefy and export up to 20.0 million metric tons per annum of LNG. In accordance with Title 41 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, enacted on December 4, 2015, agencies are to publish completion dates for all federal environmental reviews and authorizations. This notice identifies the Commission’s anticipated schedule for issuance of the final order for the Project, which is based on the anticipated date of issuance of the final Environmental Impact Statement. Accordingly, we currently anticipate issuing a final order in the Project no later than: PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 On February 28, 2017, Venture Global Plaquemines LNG, LLC (Plaquemines LNG) filed an application in Docket No. CP17–66–000 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, Venture Global Gator Express, LLC (Gator Express Pipeline) filed an application in Docket No. CP17–67–000, 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. Combined, the proposed project is known as the Plaquemines LNG and Gator Express Pipeline Project (Project) and would provide gas and processing to produce up to 20.0 million tonnes per annum of LNG for export. On July 21, 2016, in Order No. 3866, the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, granted to Plaquemines LNG authorization to export LNG to Free Trade Agreement nations. On March 13, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) issued its Notice of Application for the Project. 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 Plaquemines LNG and Gator Express Pipeline Project. This E:\FR\FM\07SEN1.SGM 07SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 174 / Friday, September 7, 2018 / Notices instant notice identifies the FERC staff’s planned schedule for completion of the final EIS for the 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 Plaquemines LNG and Gator Express Pipeline 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—May 3, 2019 90-Day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline—August 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 Project’s progress. Project Description Plaquemines LNG plans to construct an LNG terminal on a 632-acre site on the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Gator Express Pipeline plans to construct two parallel 42-inch-diameter gas lateral pipelines totaling approximately 26.8 miles, also in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. These pipelines would connect the LNG terminal to the existing interstate natural gas grid. Each pipeline would have a nominal gas supply capability of 1.97 standard billion cubic feet per day. The Project would consist of a liquefaction plant, aboveground storage tanks, marine loading berthing docks, a utility dock, and air-cooled electric power generation facilities, in addition to the two lateral pipelines. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Background On July 2, 2015, the Commission staff granted Plaquemines LNG and Gator Express Pipeline’s request to use the FERC’s pre-filing environmental review process and assigned the Plaquemines LNG and Gator Express Pipeline Project Docket No. PF15–27–000. On October 5, 2015, the Commission issued a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Plaquemines LNG and Gator Express Pipeline Project, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Notice of Public Scoping Meetings (NOI). On September 14, 2016, the FERC sent a letter to potentially-affected landowners informing them of changes that Plaquemines LNG and Gator Express Pipeline had made to the planned pipelines since the initiation of the prefiling process. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 06, 2018 Jkt 244001 The NOI and pipeline modification letter were issued during the pre-filing review of the Project in Docket No. PF15–27–000 was 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 parties; and local libraries and newspapers. Major issues raised during scoping include potential impacts to the river floodway and the flood protection levee from terminal construction, construction and wetland fill in the Coastal Zone, saltwater intrusion from marsh pipeline construction, impacts on productivity of Barataria Bay estuary, greenhouse gas emissions from project operation, and noise and light pollution impacts on nearby sensitive areas. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, 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 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 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., CP17–66 and CP17–67), 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 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. 2018–19394 Filed 9–6–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45437 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP16–116–000] Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Texas LNG Brownsville LLC Texas LNG Project On March 31, 2016, Texas LNG Brownsville LLC (Texas LNG) filed an application in Docket No. CP16–116– 000 requesting authorization pursuant to Section 3(a) of the Natural Gas Act to site, construct, modify, and operate liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities located on the Brownsville Ship Channel in Cameron County, Texas. The proposed project is known as the Texas LNG Project (Project) and would include a new LNG export terminal capable of producing up to 4 million tonnes per annum of LNG for export. The terminal would receive natural gas to the export facilities from a third-party intrastate pipeline. On September 24, 2015, in Order No. 3716, the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, granted to Texas LNG a long-term, multi-contract authorization to export LNG to Free Trade Agreement nations. On April 14, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) issued its Notice of Application for the Project. 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 Texas LNG Project. This instant notice identifies the FERC staff’s planned schedule for completion of the final EIS for the Project, which is based on an issuance of the draft EIS in October 2018. The forecasted schedule for both the draft and final EIS is based upon Texas 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—March 15, 2019 90-Day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline—June 13, 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 Project’s progress. E:\FR\FM\07SEN1.SGM 07SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket Nos. CP17-66-000; CP17-67-000]


Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Venture Global 
Plaquemines LNG, LLC and Venture Global Gator Express, LLC Plaquemines 
LNG and Gator Express Pipeline Project

    On February 28, 2017, Venture Global Plaquemines LNG, LLC 
(Plaquemines LNG) filed an application in Docket No. CP17-66-000 
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, Venture Global Gator Express, LLC (Gator 
Express Pipeline) filed an application in Docket No. CP17-67-000, 
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. Combined, the proposed project is 
known as the Plaquemines LNG and Gator Express Pipeline Project 
(Project) and would provide gas and processing to produce up to 20.0 
million tonnes per annum of LNG for export. On July 21, 2016, in Order 
No. 3866, the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, 
granted to Plaquemines LNG authorization to export LNG to Free Trade 
Agreement nations.
    On March 13, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC 
or Commission) issued its Notice of Application for the Project. 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 Plaquemines LNG and Gator 
Express Pipeline Project. This

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instant notice identifies the FERC staff's planned schedule for 
completion of the final EIS for the 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 Plaquemines LNG and Gator 
Express Pipeline 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--May 3, 2019
90-Day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline--August 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 Project's progress.

Project Description

    Plaquemines LNG plans to construct an LNG terminal on a 632-acre 
site on the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Gator 
Express Pipeline plans to construct two parallel 42-inch-diameter gas 
lateral pipelines totaling approximately 26.8 miles, also in 
Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. These pipelines would connect the LNG 
terminal to the existing interstate natural gas grid. Each pipeline 
would have a nominal gas supply capability of 1.97 standard billion 
cubic feet per day. The Project would consist of a liquefaction plant, 
aboveground storage tanks, marine loading berthing docks, a utility 
dock, and air-cooled electric power generation facilities, in addition 
to the two lateral pipelines.

Background

    On July 2, 2015, the Commission staff granted Plaquemines LNG and 
Gator Express Pipeline's request to use the FERC's pre-filing 
environmental review process and assigned the Plaquemines LNG and Gator 
Express Pipeline Project Docket No. PF15-27-000. On October 5, 2015, 
the Commission issued a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental 
Impact Statement for the Proposed Plaquemines LNG and Gator Express 
Pipeline Project, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and 
Notice of Public Scoping Meetings (NOI). On September 14, 2016, the 
FERC sent a letter to potentially-affected landowners informing them of 
changes that Plaquemines LNG and Gator Express Pipeline had made to the 
planned pipelines since the initiation of the pre-filing process.
    The NOI and pipeline modification letter were issued during the 
pre-filing review of the Project in Docket No. PF15-27-000 was 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 parties; and local libraries and newspapers. Major issues 
raised during scoping include potential impacts to the river floodway 
and the flood protection levee from terminal construction, construction 
and wetland fill in the Coastal Zone, saltwater intrusion from marsh 
pipeline construction, impacts on productivity of Barataria Bay 
estuary, greenhouse gas emissions from project operation, and noise and 
light pollution impacts on nearby sensitive areas.
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department 
of Energy, U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous 
Materials Safety Administration, 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 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 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., CP17-66 and CP17-67), 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. 2018-19394 Filed 9-6-18; 8:45 am]
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