Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P.; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Enhancement by Compression Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, 17870-17872 [2020-06674]

Download as PDF jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 17870 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 62 / Tuesday, March 31, 2020 / Notices For your convenience, there are three methods you can use to file 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 on the Commission’s website (www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. This is an easy method for submitting brief, text-only comments on a project; (2) You can also file your comments electronically using the eFiling feature 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 must select the type of filing you are making. If you are filing a comment on a particular project, please select ‘‘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 (CP19–495– 000) with your submission: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426. Any person seeking to become a party to the proceeding must file a motion to intervene pursuant to Rule 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedures (18 CFR 385.214). Motions to intervene are more fully described at http://www.ferc.gov/resources/guides/ how-to/intervene.asp. Only intervenors have the right to seek rehearing or judicial review of the Commission’s decision. The Commission may grant affected landowners and others with environmental concerns intervenor status upon showing good cause by stating that they have a clear and direct interest in this proceeding which no other party can adequately represent. Simply filing environmental comments will not give you intervenor status, but you do not need intervenor status to have your comments considered. 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. The eLibrary link also provides access to the texts of all formal documents issued by the Commission, VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:01 Mar 30, 2020 Jkt 250001 such as orders, notices, and rulemakings. In addition, the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription which 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. Dated: March 24, 2020. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–06675 Filed 3–30–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Dated: March 25, 2020. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. Combined Notice of Filings [FR Doc. 2020–06673 Filed 3–30–20; 8:45 am] Take notice that the Commission has received the following Natural Gas Pipeline Rate and Refund Report filings: Docket Numbers: RP20–676–000. Applicants: Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America. Description: § 4(d) Rate Filing: Amendment to a Negotiated Rate Filing—Mercuria Energy America to be effective 4/1/2020. Filed Date: 3/24/20. Accession Number: 20200324–5007. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 4/6/20. Docket Numbers: RP20–677–000. Applicants: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC. Description: § 4(d) Rate Filing: Rate Schedules LSS and SS–2 Tracker Filing eff 4/1/2020 to be effective 4/1/2020. Filed Date: 3/24/20. Accession Number: 20200324–5025. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 4/6/20. Docket Numbers: RP20–678–000. Applicants: Enable Gas Transmission, LLC. Description: § 4(d) Rate Filing: Fuel Tracker Filing—Effective May 1, 2020 to be effective 5/1/2020. Filed Date: 3/24/20. Accession Number: 20200324–5028. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 4/6/20. Docket Numbers: RP20–679–000. Applicants: Transwestern Pipeline Company, LLC. Description: § 4(d) Rate Filing: Negotiated Rate Filing (Hartree Partners) filed on 3–24–20 to be effective 4/1/ 2020. Filed Date: 3/24/20. Accession Number: 20200324–5096. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 4/6/20. PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 date(s). 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 other information, call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP20–48–000] Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P.; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Enhancement by Compression 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 Enhancement by Compression Project involving construction and operation of facilities by Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P. (Iroquois) in Greene and Dutchess Counties, New York, and Fairfield and New Haven Counties, Connecticut. 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 E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 62 / Tuesday, March 31, 2020 / Notices 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 5:00pm Eastern Time on April 24, 2020. 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 February 3, 2020, you will need to file those comments in Docket No. CP20–48–000 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. Iroquois 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:01 Mar 30, 2020 Jkt 250001 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 (CP20–48– 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 Iroquois proposes to upgrade existing compressor stations in New York and Connecticut. The Enhancement by Compression Project would provide about 62.5 million cubic feet of natural gas per day from Waddington to Hunts Point, New York for Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. and 62.5 million cubic feet of natural gas per PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17871 day from Waddington, to South Commack, New York for KeySpan Gas East Corporation doing business as National Grid. According to Iroquois, Con Edison and National Grid both have experienced demand growth on their distribution systems due to new construction in the commercial and multi-family sectors and to meet requests for lower emitting fuels to replace heating oil. The Enhancement by Compression Project would consist of the following facilities: • Athens Compressor Station— installation of one new approximately 12,000 horsepower (hp) turbine (Unit A2) with associated cooling, filter separators, and other facilities connecting to Iroquois’ existing 24-inchdiameter mainline in the Town of Athens, Greene County New York. • Dover Compressor Station— installation of one new approximately 12,000 hp turbine (Unit A2) with associated cooling, filter separators, and other facilities connecting to Iroquois’ existing 24-inch-diameter mainline in the Town of Dover, Dutchess County New York. • Brookfield Compressor Station— construction of a control/office building, addition of two new turbines with approximately 12,000 hp each (Unit B1 & Unit B2) with associated cooling, filter separators, and other typical facilities connecting to Iroquois’ existing 24-inchdiameter mainline at Brookfield, to be installed downstream and independent of Iroquois’ existing transfer compressors Unit-A1 (Solar T–60) and Unit-A2 (Solar T–70). Additionally, Iroquois would install incremental cooling at Plant 2–A to allow for compressed discharge gas to be cooled, prior to being compressed at the proposed downstream compressors (Units B1 and B2). Iroquois would also replace existing turbine stacks on UnitA1 and Unit-A2 and add other noise reduction measures (e.g., louvers, seals) to minimize existing noise at the site. The compressor station is in the Town of Brookfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut. • Milford Compressor Station— addition of gas cooling to existing compressor units and associated piping to allow for compressed discharge gas to be cooled. Currently, no gas cooling facilities exist at this station. The compressor station is in the City of Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut. The general location of the project facilities is shown in appendix 1. E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1 17872 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 62 / Tuesday, March 31, 2020 / Notices Land Requirements for Construction Construction of the proposed modifications would disturb about 43.8 acres of land at the existing compressor stations. Following construction, Iroquois would maintain about 13.3 acres for permanent operation of the project’s facilities; the remaining acreage would be restored and revert to former uses. All construction would occur on Iroquois-owned properties. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD 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 1 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.2 Agencies that would like to request cooperating agency status should follow the instructions for filing 1 For instructions on connecting to eLibrary, refer to the last page of this notice. 2 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 19:01 Mar 30, 2020 Jkt 250001 comments provided under the Public Participation section of this notice. 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 Office, 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.3 The EA for this project will document findings on the impacts on historic properties and summarize the status of consultations under section 106. Currently Identified Environmental Issues Commission staff have already identified several issues that deserve attention based on a preliminary review of the proposed facilities and the environmental information provided by Iroquois. This preliminary list of issues may change based on your comments and our analysis. • Air; • noise; • safety; and • climate change. 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. 3 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 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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., CP20–48). 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: March 25, 2020. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–06674 Filed 3–30–20; 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: EC20–48–000. Applicants: Oliver Wind II, LLC, FPL Energy Oliver Wind II, LLC. Description: Application for Authorization Under Section 203 of the Federal Power Act, et al. of FPL Energy Oliver Wind II, LLC, et al. Filed Date: 3/24/20. Accession Number: 20200324–5190. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 4/14/20. Take notice that the Commission received the following electric rate filings: Docket Numbers: ER18–1314–004. E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 62 (Tuesday, March 31, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 17870-17872]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-06674]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP20-48-000]


Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P.; Notice of Intent To 
Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Enhancement by 
Compression 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 Enhancement by Compression 
Project involving construction and operation of facilities by Iroquois 
Gas Transmission System, L.P. (Iroquois) in Greene and Dutchess 
Counties, New York, and Fairfield and New Haven Counties, Connecticut. 
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

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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 5:00pm Eastern 
Time on April 24, 2020.
    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 February 3, 2020, you will need to file those 
comments in Docket No. CP20-48-000 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.
    Iroquois 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 
(CP20-48-000) 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

    Iroquois proposes to upgrade existing compressor stations in New 
York and Connecticut. The Enhancement by Compression Project would 
provide about 62.5 million cubic feet of natural gas per day from 
Waddington to Hunts Point, New York for Consolidated Edison Company of 
New York, Inc. and 62.5 million cubic feet of natural gas per day from 
Waddington, to South Commack, New York for KeySpan Gas East Corporation 
doing business as National Grid. According to Iroquois, Con Edison and 
National Grid both have experienced demand growth on their distribution 
systems due to new construction in the commercial and multi-family 
sectors and to meet requests for lower emitting fuels to replace 
heating oil.
    The Enhancement by Compression Project would consist of the 
following facilities:
     Athens Compressor Station--installation of one new 
approximately 12,000 horsepower (hp) turbine (Unit A2) with associated 
cooling, filter separators, and other facilities connecting to 
Iroquois' existing 24-inch-diameter mainline in the Town of Athens, 
Greene County New York.
     Dover Compressor Station--installation of one new 
approximately 12,000 hp turbine (Unit A2) with associated cooling, 
filter separators, and other facilities connecting to Iroquois' 
existing 24-inch-diameter mainline in the Town of Dover, Dutchess 
County New York.
     Brookfield Compressor Station--construction of a control/
office building, addition of two new turbines with approximately 12,000 
hp each (Unit B1 & Unit B2) with associated cooling, filter separators, 
and other typical facilities connecting to Iroquois' existing 24-inch-
diameter mainline at Brookfield, to be installed downstream and 
independent of Iroquois' existing transfer compressors Unit-A1 (Solar 
T-60) and Unit-A2 (Solar T-70). Additionally, Iroquois would install 
incremental cooling at Plant 2-A to allow for compressed discharge gas 
to be cooled, prior to being compressed at the proposed downstream 
compressors (Units B1 and B2). Iroquois would also replace existing 
turbine stacks on Unit-A1 and Unit-A2 and add other noise reduction 
measures (e.g., louvers, seals) to minimize existing noise at the site. 
The compressor station is in the Town of Brookfield, Fairfield County, 
Connecticut.
     Milford Compressor Station--addition of gas cooling to 
existing compressor units and associated piping to allow for compressed 
discharge gas to be cooled. Currently, no gas cooling facilities exist 
at this station. The compressor station is in the City of Milford, New 
Haven County, Connecticut.
    The general location of the project facilities is shown in appendix 
1.

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Land Requirements for Construction

    Construction of the proposed modifications would disturb about 43.8 
acres of land at the existing compressor stations. Following 
construction, Iroquois would maintain about 13.3 acres for permanent 
operation of the project's facilities; the remaining acreage would be 
restored and revert to former uses. All construction would occur on 
Iroquois-owned properties.

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 \1\ 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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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.\2\ 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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cooperating agency responsibilities are at Title 40, Code of Federal 
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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 Office, 
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.\3\ 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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    \3\ 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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Currently Identified Environmental Issues

    Commission staff have already identified several issues that 
deserve attention based on a preliminary review of the proposed 
facilities and the environmental information provided by Iroquois. This 
preliminary list of issues may change based on your comments and our 
analysis.
     Air;
     noise;
     safety; and
     climate change.

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., CP20-
48). 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: March 25, 2020.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2020-06674 Filed 3-30-20; 8:45 am]
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