Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Index 99 Expansion Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, 22482-22484 [2019-10238]

Download as PDF 22482 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 96 / Friday, May 17, 2019 / Notices for this project will document findings on the impacts on historic properties and summarize the status of consultations under section 106. Dated: May 13, 2019. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. Environmental Mailing List BILLING CODE 6717–01–P The environmental mailing list includes federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American Tribes; other interested parties; and local libraries and newspapers. This list also includes all affected landowners (as defined in the Commission’s regulations) who are potential right-of-way grantors, whose property may be used temporarily for project purposes or is within certain distances of proposed aboveground facilities, and anyone who submits comments on the project. Commission staff will update the environmental mailing list as the analysis proceeds to ensure that Commission notices related to this environmental review are sent to all individuals, organizations, and government entities interested in and/or potentially affected by the project. If the Commission issues the EA for an allotted public comment period, a Notice of Availability of the EA will be sent to the environmental mailing list and will provide instructions to access the electronic document on the FERC’s website (www.ferc.gov). If you need to make changes to your name/address, or if you would like to remove your name from the mailing list, please return the attached ‘‘Mailing List Update Form’’ (appendix 2). jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES Additional Information Additional information about the project is available from the Commission’s Office of External Affairs, at (866) 208–FERC, or on the FERC website at www.ferc.gov using the eLibrary link. Click on the eLibrary link, click on ‘‘General Search’’ and enter the docket number in the ‘‘Docket Number’’ field, excluding the last three digits (i.e., CP19–118). Be sure you have selected an appropriate date range. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FercOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or (866) 208–3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. The eLibrary link also provides access to the texts of all formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rulemakings. Public sessions or site visits will be posted on the Commission’s calendar located at www.Ferc.gov/EventCalendar/ EventsList.aspx along with other related information. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 May 16, 2019 Jkt 247001 [FR Doc. 2019–10299 Filed 5–16–19; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. RM93–11–000] Notice of Annual Change in the Producer Price Index for Finished Goods: Revisions to Oil Pipeline Regulations Pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 1992 The Commission’s regulations include a methodology for oil pipelines to change their rates through use of an index system that establishes ceiling levels for such rates. The Commission bases the index system, found at 18 CFR 342.3, on the annual change in the Producer Price Index for Finished Goods (PPI–FG), plus one point two three percent (PPI–FG + 1.23). The Commission determined in an Order Establishing Index Level,1 issued December 17, 2015, that PPI–FG + 1.23 is the appropriate oil pricing index factor for pipelines to use for the fiveyear period commencing July 1, 2016. The regulations provide that the Commission will publish annually an index figure reflecting the final change in the PPI–FG after the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes the final PPI–FG in May of each calendar year. The annual average PPI–FG index figures were 198.0 for 2017 and 204.1 for 2018.2 Thus, the percent change (expressed as a decimal) in the annual average PPI–FG from 2017 to 2018, plus 1.23 percent, is positive 0.043108.3 Oil pipelines must multiply their July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, index ceiling levels by positive 1.043108 4 to compute their index ceiling levels for July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020, in accordance 1 153 FERC 61,312, at P 52 (2015). of Labor Statistics (BLS) publishes the final figure in mid-May of each year. This figure is publicly available from the Division of Industrial Prices and Price Indexes of the BLS, at 202–691– 7705, and in print in August in Table 1 of the annual data supplement to the BLS publication Producer Price Indexes via the internet at http:// www.bls.gov/ppi/home.htm. To obtain the BLS data, scroll down to PPI Databases and click on Top Picks of the Commodity Data including headline FD–ID indexes (Producer Price Index—PPI). At the next screen, under the heading PPI Commodity Data, select the box, Finished goods— WPUFD49207, then scroll to the bottom of this screen and click on Retrieve data. 3 [204.1¥198.0]/198.0 = 0.030808 + 0.0123 = +0.043108. 4 1 + 0.043108 = 1.043108. 2 Bureau PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 with 18 CFR 342.3(d). For guidance in calculating the ceiling levels for each 12-month period beginning January 1, l995,5 see Explorer Pipeline Company, 71 FERC 61,416, at n.6 (1995). In addition to publishing the full text of this Notice in the Federal Register, the Commission provides all interested persons an opportunity to view and/or print this Notice via the internet through FERC’s Home Page (http:// www.ferc.gov) and in FERC’s Public Reference Room during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time) at 888 First Street NE, Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426. The full text of this Notice is available on FERC’s Home Page at the eLibrary link. To access this document in eLibrary, type the docket number excluding the last three digits of this document in the docket number field and follow other directions on the search page. User assistance is available for eLibrary and other aspects of FERC’s website during normal business hours. For assistance, please contact the Commission’s Online Support at 1–866– 208–3676 (toll free) or 202–502–6652 (email at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov), or the Public Reference Room at 202– 502–8371, TTY 202–502–8659. Email the Public Reference Room at public.referenceroom@ferc.gov. Dated: May 10, 2019. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–10297 Filed 5–16–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP19–125–000] Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Index 99 Expansion Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) that will discuss the environmental impacts of the Index 99 Expansion Project involving construction and operation of facilities by Gulf South Pipeline Company (Gulf South) in San Augustine and Sabine Counties, Texas and 5 For a listing of all prior multipliers issued by the Commission, see the Commission’s website, http:// www.ferc.gov/industries/oil/gen-info/pipelineindex.asp. E:\FR\FM\17MYN1.SGM 17MYN1 jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 96 / Friday, May 17, 2019 / Notices Bienville Parish, Louisiana. The Commission will use this EA in its decision-making process to determine whether the project is in the public convenience and necessity. This notice announces the opening of the scoping process the Commission will use to gather input from the public and interested agencies about issues regarding the project. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires the Commission to take into account the environmental impacts that could result from its action whenever it considers the issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. NEPA also requires the Commission to discover concerns the public may have about proposals. This process is referred to as ‘‘scoping.’’ The main goal of the scoping process is to focus the analysis in the EA on the important environmental issues. By this notice, the Commission requests public comments on the scope of issues to address in the EA. To ensure that your comments are timely and properly recorded, please submit your comments so that the Commission receives them in Washington, DC on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 12, 2019. You can make a difference by submitting your specific comments or concerns about the project. Your comments should focus on the potential environmental effects, reasonable alternatives, and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts. Your input will help the Commission staff determine what issues they need to evaluate in the EA. Commission staff will consider all filed comments during the preparation of the EA. If you sent comments on this project to the Commission before the opening of this docket on March 29, 2019, you will need to file those comments in Docket No. CP19–125–000 to ensure they are considered as part of this proceeding. This notice is being sent to the Commission’s current environmental mailing list for this project. State and local government representatives should notify their constituents of this proposed project and encourage them to comment on their areas of concern. If you are a landowner receiving this notice, a pipeline company representative may contact you about the acquisition of an easement to construct, operate, and maintain the proposed facilities. The company would seek to negotiate a mutually acceptable easement agreement. You are not required to enter into an agreement. However, if the Commission approves the project, that approval conveys with it the right of eminent domain. Therefore, if you and the company do VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 May 16, 2019 Jkt 247001 not reach an easement agreement, the pipeline company could initiate condemnation proceedings in court. In such instances, compensation would be determined by a judge in accordance with state law. Gulf South provided landowners with a fact sheet prepared by the FERC entitled ‘‘An Interstate Natural Gas Facility On My Land? What Do I Need To Know?’’ This fact sheet addresses a number of typically asked questions, including the use of eminent domain and how to participate in the Commission’s proceedings. It is also available for viewing on the FERC website (www.ferc.gov) at https:// www.ferc.gov/resources/guides/gas/ gas.pdf. Public Participation The Commission offers a free service called eSubscription which makes it easy to stay informed of all issuances and submittals regarding the dockets/ projects to which you subscribe. These instant email notifications are the fastest way to receive notification and provide a link to the document files which can reduce the amount of time you spend researching proceedings. To sign up go to www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ esubscription.asp. For your convenience, there are three methods you can use to submit your comments to the Commission. The Commission encourages electronic filing of comments and has staff available to assist you at (866) 208–3676 or FercOnlineSupport@ferc.gov. Please carefully follow these instructions so that your comments are properly recorded. (1) You can file your comments electronically using the eComment feature, which is located on the Commission’s website (www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. Using eComment is an easy method for submitting brief, text-only comments on a project; (2) You can file your comments electronically by using the eFiling feature, which is located on the Commission’s website (www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. With eFiling, you can provide comments in a variety of formats by attaching them as a file with your submission. New eFiling users must first create an account by clicking on ‘‘eRegister.’’ You will be asked to select the type of filing you are making; a comment on a particular project is considered a ‘‘Comment on a Filing’’; or (3) You can file a paper copy of your comments by mailing them to the following address. Be sure to reference the project docket number (CP19–125– PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22483 000) with your submission: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426. Summary of the Proposed Project The Index 99 Expansion Project would consist of the construction of a new pipeline, new launcher and receiver facilities, and a new mainline valve, and modifications to an existing compressor station. All project components are in Texas and Louisiana. The project would provide about 500,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of new natural gas firm transportation service to markets along the Gulf Coast region, as well as provide for an additional 250,000 Dth/d of capacity to Gulf South’s existing facilities in northern Louisiana, for a total maximum daily quantity of 750,000 Dth/d. The project would consist of the following facilities: • Installation of approximately 22 miles of new 30-inch-diameter pipeline (Index 99L), including cathodic protection along the proposed pipeline, in San Augustine and Sabine Counties, Texas. • Installation of a pig 1 receiver at the intersection of the new Index 99L pipeline and Gulf South’s existing Index 99 System, in San Augustine County, Texas. • Installation of a pig launcher at the intersection of the new Index 99L pipeline and Gulf South’s existing Index 99 System and Index 129 Legacy System, in Sabine County, Texas. • Installation of one new mainline valve assembly along the new Index 99L pipeline, in San Augustine County, Texas. • Installation of approximately 250 feet of new 24-inch-diameter station pipe and a 24-inch-diameter pressure control valve along the new 24-inchdiameter station pipe at the existing Hall Summit Compressor Station in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. The general location of the project facilities is shown in appendix 1.2 Land Requirements for Construction Construction of the proposed facilities would disturb about 392 acres of land 1 A ‘‘pig’’ is a tool that the pipeline company inserts into and pushes through the pipeline for cleaning the pipeline, conducting internal inspections, or other purposes. 2 The appendices referenced in this notice will not appear in the Federal Register. Copies of appendices were sent to all those receiving this notice in the mail and are available at www.ferc.gov using the link called ‘‘eLibrary’’ or from the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426, or call (202) 502– 8371. For instructions on connecting to eLibrary, refer to the last page of this notice. E:\FR\FM\17MYN1.SGM 17MYN1 22484 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 96 / Friday, May 17, 2019 / Notices for the pipeline and the aboveground facilities. Following construction, Gulf South would maintain about 162 acres for permanent operation of the project’s facilities; the remaining acreage would be restored and revert to former uses. About 93 percent (20 miles) of the proposed pipeline route parallels existing pipeline, utility, or road rightsof-way. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES The EA Process The EA will discuss impacts that could occur as a result of the construction and operation of the proposed project under these general headings: • Geology and soils; • water resources and wetlands; • vegetation and wildlife; • threatened and endangered species; • cultural resources; • land use; • air quality and noise; • public safety; and • cumulative impacts Commission staff will also evaluate reasonable alternatives to the proposed project or portions of the project, and make recommendations on how to lessen or avoid impacts on the various resource areas. The EA will present Commission staffs’ independent analysis of the issues. The EA will be available in electronic format in the public record through eLibrary 3 and the Commission’s website (https:// www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/ eis.asp). If eSubscribed, you will receive instant email notification when the EA is issued. The EA may be issued for an allotted public comment period. Commission staff will consider all comments on the EA before making recommendations to the Commission. To ensure Commission staff have the opportunity to address your comments, please carefully follow the instructions in the Public Participation section, beginning on page 2. With this notice, the Commission is asking agencies with jurisdiction by law and/or special expertise with respect to the environmental issues of this project to formally cooperate in the preparation of the EA.4 Agencies that would like to request cooperating agency status should follow the instructions for filing comments provided under the Public Participation section of this notice. 3 For instructions on connecting to eLibrary, refer to the last page of this notice. 4 The Council on Environmental Quality regulations addressing cooperating agency responsibilities are at Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1501.6. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 May 16, 2019 Jkt 247001 Consultation Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act In accordance with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s implementing regulations for section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Commission is using this notice to initiate consultation with the applicable State Historic Preservation Offices, and to solicit their views and those of other government agencies, interested Indian tribes, and the public on the project’s potential effects on historic properties.5 The EA for this project will document findings on the impacts on historic properties and summarize the status of consultations under section 106. Environmental Mailing List The environmental mailing list includes federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American Tribes; other interested parties; and local libraries and newspapers. This list also includes all affected landowners (as defined in the Commission’s regulations) who are potential right-of-way grantors, whose property may be used temporarily for project purposes, or who own homes within certain distances of aboveground facilities, and anyone who submits comments on the project. Commission staff will update the environmental mailing list as the analysis proceeds to ensure that Commission notices related to this environmental review are sent to all individuals, organizations, and government entities interested in and/or potentially affected by the proposed project. If the Commission issues the EA for an allotted public comment period, a Notice of Availability of the EA will be sent to the environmental mailing list and will provide instructions to access the electronic document on the FERC’s website (www.ferc.gov). If you need to make changes to your name/address, or if you would like to remove your name from the mailing list, please return the attached ‘‘Mailing List Update Form’’ (appendix 2). Additional Information Additional information about the project is available from the Commission’s Office of External Affairs, at (866) 208–FERC, or on the FERC 5 The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s regulations are at Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 800. Those regulations define historic properties as any prehistoric or historic district, site, building, structure, or object included in or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 website at www.ferc.gov using the eLibrary link. Click on the eLibrary link, click on ‘‘General Search’’ and enter the docket number in the ‘‘Docket Number’’ field, excluding the last three digits (i.e., CP19–125). Be sure you have selected an appropriate date range. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FercOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or (866) 208–3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. The eLibrary link also provides access to the texts of all formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rulemakings. Public sessions or site visits will be posted on the Commission’s calendar located at www.ferc.gov/EventCalendar/ EventsList.aspx along with other related information. Dated: May 13, 2019. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–10238 Filed 5–16–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket Nos. EL19–76–000] Notice of Petition for Partial Waiver: Wabash Valley Power Association, Inc. Take notice that on May 10, 2019, pursuant to section 292.402 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (Commission) Rules and Regulations,1 Wabash Valley Power Association, Inc. (WVPA), on behalf of itself and its four participating electric distribution cooperative memberowners (collectively, the Participating Members),2 filed a partial waiver of certain obligations imposed on WVPA and the Participating Members under sections 292.303(a) and 292.303(b) of 1 18 CFR 292.402. Participating Members joining in this application include the following electric distribution cooperative member-owners of WVPA who have entered into an all-requirements power supply contract with WVPA to purchase from WVPA substantially all of its electric requirements: Hancock Rural Telephone Corporation, Hendricks County Rural Electric Membership Corporation, Jasper County REMC, and Kankakee Valley REMC. The Commission has previously granted joint petitions filed by WVPA on behalf of itself and eighteen of its electric distribution cooperative members seeking waiver of WVPA’s obligation under section 292.303(b) to make retail sales to qualifying facilities (QFs) and seeking waiver of the members’ obligations under section 292.303(a) to make purchases from QFs. See Wabash Valley Power Association, Inc., 161 FERC ¶ 62,142 (2018) (delegated letter order); Wabash Valley Power Association, Inc., 166 FERC ¶ 62,086 (2019) (delegated letter order). 2 The E:\FR\FM\17MYN1.SGM 17MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 96 (Friday, May 17, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 22482-22484]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-10238]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP19-125-000]


Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP; Notice of Intent To Prepare an 
Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Index 99 Expansion Project 
and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues

    The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or 
Commission) will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) that will 
discuss the environmental impacts of the Index 99 Expansion Project 
involving construction and operation of facilities by Gulf South 
Pipeline Company (Gulf South) in San Augustine and Sabine Counties, 
Texas and

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Bienville Parish, Louisiana. The Commission will use this EA in its 
decision-making process to determine whether the project is in the 
public convenience and necessity.
    This notice announces the opening of the scoping process the 
Commission will use to gather input from the public and interested 
agencies about issues regarding the project. The National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA) requires the Commission to take into account the 
environmental impacts that could result from its action whenever it 
considers the issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and 
Necessity. NEPA also requires the Commission to discover concerns the 
public may have about proposals. This process is referred to as 
``scoping.'' The main goal of the scoping process is to focus the 
analysis in the EA on the important environmental issues. By this 
notice, the Commission requests public comments on the scope of issues 
to address in the EA. To ensure that your comments are timely and 
properly recorded, please submit your comments so that the Commission 
receives them in Washington, DC on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on 
June 12, 2019.
    You can make a difference by submitting your specific comments or 
concerns about the project. Your comments should focus on the potential 
environmental effects, reasonable alternatives, and measures to avoid 
or lessen environmental impacts. Your input will help the Commission 
staff determine what issues they need to evaluate in the EA. Commission 
staff will consider all filed comments during the preparation of the 
EA.
    If you sent comments on this project to the Commission before the 
opening of this docket on March 29, 2019, you will need to file those 
comments in Docket No. CP19-125-000 to ensure they are considered as 
part of this proceeding.
    This notice is being sent to the Commission's current environmental 
mailing list for this project. State and local government 
representatives should notify their constituents of this proposed 
project and encourage them to comment on their areas of concern.
    If you are a landowner receiving this notice, a pipeline company 
representative may contact you about the acquisition of an easement to 
construct, operate, and maintain the proposed facilities. The company 
would seek to negotiate a mutually acceptable easement agreement. You 
are not required to enter into an agreement. However, if the Commission 
approves the project, that approval conveys with it the right of 
eminent domain. Therefore, if you and the company do not reach an 
easement agreement, the pipeline company could initiate condemnation 
proceedings in court. In such instances, compensation would be 
determined by a judge in accordance with state law.
    Gulf South provided landowners with a fact sheet prepared by the 
FERC entitled ``An Interstate Natural Gas Facility On My Land? What Do 
I Need To Know?'' This fact sheet addresses a number of typically asked 
questions, including the use of eminent domain and how to participate 
in the Commission's proceedings. It is also available for viewing on 
the FERC website (www.ferc.gov) at https://www.ferc.gov/resources/guides/gas/gas.pdf.

Public Participation

    The Commission offers a free service called eSubscription which 
makes it easy to stay informed of all issuances and submittals 
regarding the dockets/projects to which you subscribe. These instant 
email notifications are the fastest way to receive notification and 
provide a link to the document files which can reduce the amount of 
time you spend researching proceedings. To sign up go to www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp.
    For your convenience, there are three methods you can use to submit 
your comments to the Commission. The Commission encourages electronic 
filing of comments and has staff available to assist you at (866) 208-
3676 or [email protected]. Please carefully follow these 
instructions so that your comments are properly recorded.
    (1) You can file your comments electronically using the eComment 
feature, which is located on the Commission's website (www.ferc.gov) 
under the link to Documents and Filings. Using eComment is an easy 
method for submitting brief, text-only comments on a project;
    (2) You can file your comments electronically by using the eFiling 
feature, which is located on the Commission's website (www.ferc.gov) 
under the link to Documents and Filings. With eFiling, you can provide 
comments in a variety of formats by attaching them as a file with your 
submission. New eFiling users must first create an account by clicking 
on ``eRegister.'' You will be asked to select the type of filing you 
are making; a comment on a particular project is considered a ``Comment 
on a Filing''; or
    (3) You can file a paper copy of your comments by mailing them to 
the following address. Be sure to reference the project docket number 
(CP19-125-000) with your submission: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Room 1A, 
Washington, DC 20426.

Summary of the Proposed Project

    The Index 99 Expansion Project would consist of the construction of 
a new pipeline, new launcher and receiver facilities, and a new 
mainline valve, and modifications to an existing compressor station. 
All project components are in Texas and Louisiana. The project would 
provide about 500,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of new natural gas 
firm transportation service to markets along the Gulf Coast region, as 
well as provide for an additional 250,000 Dth/d of capacity to Gulf 
South's existing facilities in northern Louisiana, for a total maximum 
daily quantity of 750,000 Dth/d.
    The project would consist of the following facilities:
     Installation of approximately 22 miles of new 30-inch-
diameter pipeline (Index 99L), including cathodic protection along the 
proposed pipeline, in San Augustine and Sabine Counties, Texas.
     Installation of a pig \1\ receiver at the intersection of 
the new Index 99L pipeline and Gulf South's existing Index 99 System, 
in San Augustine County, Texas.
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and pushes through the pipeline for cleaning the pipeline, 
conducting internal inspections, or other purposes.
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     Installation of a pig launcher at the intersection of the 
new Index 99L pipeline and Gulf South's existing Index 99 System and 
Index 129 Legacy System, in Sabine County, Texas.
     Installation of one new mainline valve assembly along the 
new Index 99L pipeline, in San Augustine County, Texas.
     Installation of approximately 250 feet of new 24-inch-
diameter station pipe and a 24-inch-diameter pressure control valve 
along the new 24-inch-diameter station pipe at the existing Hall Summit 
Compressor Station in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
    The general location of the project facilities is shown in appendix 
1.\2\
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    \2\ The appendices referenced in this notice will not appear in 
the Federal Register. Copies of appendices were sent to all those 
receiving this notice in the mail and are available at www.ferc.gov 
using the link called ``eLibrary'' or from the Commission's Public 
Reference Room, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426, or call 
(202) 502-8371. For instructions on connecting to eLibrary, refer to 
the last page of this notice.
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Land Requirements for Construction

    Construction of the proposed facilities would disturb about 392 
acres of land

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for the pipeline and the aboveground facilities. Following 
construction, Gulf South would maintain about 162 acres for permanent 
operation of the project's facilities; the remaining acreage would be 
restored and revert to former uses. About 93 percent (20 miles) of the 
proposed pipeline route parallels existing pipeline, utility, or road 
rights-of-way.

The EA Process

    The EA will discuss impacts that could occur as a result of the 
construction and operation of the proposed project under these general 
headings:
     Geology and soils;
     water resources and wetlands;
     vegetation and wildlife;
     threatened and endangered species;
     cultural resources;
     land use;
     air quality and noise;
     public safety; and
     cumulative impacts
    Commission staff will also evaluate reasonable alternatives to the 
proposed project or portions of the project, and make recommendations 
on how to lessen or avoid impacts on the various resource areas.
    The EA will present Commission staffs' independent analysis of the 
issues. The EA will be available in electronic format in the public 
record through eLibrary \3\ and the Commission's website (https://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis.asp). If eSubscribed, you will 
receive instant email notification when the EA is issued. The EA may be 
issued for an allotted public comment period. Commission staff will 
consider all comments on the EA before making recommendations to the 
Commission. To ensure Commission staff have the opportunity to address 
your comments, please carefully follow the instructions in the Public 
Participation section, beginning on page 2.
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    \3\ For instructions on connecting to eLibrary, refer to the 
last page of this notice.
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    With this notice, the Commission is asking agencies with 
jurisdiction by law and/or special expertise with respect to the 
environmental issues of this project to formally cooperate in the 
preparation of the EA.\4\ Agencies that would like to request 
cooperating agency status should follow the instructions for filing 
comments provided under the Public Participation section of this 
notice.
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    \4\ The Council on Environmental Quality regulations addressing 
cooperating agency responsibilities are at Title 40, Code of Federal 
Regulations, Part 1501.6.
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Consultation Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation 
Act

    In accordance with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's 
implementing regulations for section 106 of the National Historic 
Preservation Act, the Commission is using this notice to initiate 
consultation with the applicable State Historic Preservation Offices, 
and to solicit their views and those of other government agencies, 
interested Indian tribes, and the public on the project's potential 
effects on historic properties.\5\ The EA for this project will 
document findings on the impacts on historic properties and summarize 
the status of consultations under section 106.
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    \5\ The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's regulations 
are at Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 800. Those 
regulations define historic properties as any prehistoric or 
historic district, site, building, structure, or object included in 
or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic 
Places.
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Environmental Mailing List

    The environmental mailing list includes federal, state, and local 
government representatives and agencies; elected officials; 
environmental and public interest groups; Native American Tribes; other 
interested parties; and local libraries and newspapers. This list also 
includes all affected landowners (as defined in the Commission's 
regulations) who are potential right-of-way grantors, whose property 
may be used temporarily for project purposes, or who own homes within 
certain distances of aboveground facilities, and anyone who submits 
comments on the project. Commission staff will update the environmental 
mailing list as the analysis proceeds to ensure that Commission notices 
related to this environmental review are sent to all individuals, 
organizations, and government entities interested in and/or potentially 
affected by the proposed project.
    If the Commission issues the EA for an allotted public comment 
period, a Notice of Availability of the EA will be sent to the 
environmental mailing list and will provide instructions to access the 
electronic document on the FERC's website (www.ferc.gov). If you need 
to make changes to your name/address, or if you would like to remove 
your name from the mailing list, please return the attached ``Mailing 
List Update Form'' (appendix 2).

Additional Information

    Additional information about the project is available from the 
Commission's Office of External Affairs, at (866) 208-FERC, or on the 
FERC website at www.ferc.gov using the eLibrary link. Click on the 
eLibrary link, click on ``General Search'' and enter the docket number 
in the ``Docket Number'' field, excluding the last three digits (i.e., 
CP19-125). Be sure you have selected an appropriate date range. For 
assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at 
[email protected] or (866) 208-3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 
502-8659. The eLibrary link also provides access to the texts of all 
formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and 
rulemakings.
    Public sessions or site visits will be posted on the Commission's 
calendar located at www.ferc.gov/EventCalendar/EventsList.aspx along 
with other related information.

    Dated: May 13, 2019.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2019-10238 Filed 5-16-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 6717-01-P