Deepwater Port License Application: Blue Marlin Offshore Port, LLC (BMOP), 70707-70710 [2020-24550]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 215 / Thursday, November 5, 2020 / Notices by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered if practicable. Anyone can search the electronic form of any written communications and comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the document, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). Under 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its processes. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL–14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at https:// www.transportation.gov/privacy. See also https://www.regulations.gov/ privacyNotice for the privacy notice of regulations.gov. Issued in Washington, DC. John Karl Alexy, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2020–24558 Filed 11–4–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2005–21014] khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Petition for Waiver of Compliance Under part 211 of title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this document provides the public notice that on October 1, 2020, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum (MNGR) petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for a waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal railroad safety regulations contained at 49 CFR part 230, Steam Locomotive Inspection and Maintenance Standards. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA–2005– 21014. Specifically, MNGR, a 2-foot gage tourist and museum railroad, seeks a renewal of a waiver of compliance from the requirements of 49 CFR 230.51, Water glasses and gage cocks, number and location. MNGR operates two steam locomotives, No. 3 and No. 4, built in 1913 and 1918, respectively, by Vulcan Iron Works. The locomotives pull tourist trains on approximately two miles of track located within the waterfront district of Portland, Maine. MNGR specifically requests that the minimum reading for the water glasses on these two locomotives be retained at inches above the highest part of the VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:36 Nov 04, 2020 Jkt 253001 crown sheet as originally designed, constructed, and operated since the early 1900s. Modifying the locomotives to comply with the regulatory requirement of a minimum water reading of 3 inches would result in the top or full reading of the water glasses being of equal height with the top of the boiler. Thus, when the water glass indicates full, there is very little remaining volume for steam to accumulate, and water may carry over into the dry pipe, creating an unsafe condition. In addition, the boilers on these two locomotives are 37–1/8 inches in diameter, which is significantly smaller than that found on standard gage locomotives. MNGR states that due to the difference in boiler diameters, an equivalent level of safety exists. A copy of the petition, as well as any written communications concerning the petition, is available for review online at www.regulations.gov. Interested parties are invited to participate in these proceedings by submitting written views, data, or comments. FRA does not anticipate scheduling a public hearing in connection with these proceedings since the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested parties desire an opportunity for oral comment and a public hearing, they should notify FRA, in writing, before the end of the comment period and specify the basis for their request. All communications concerning these proceedings should identify the appropriate docket number and may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Website: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, W12– 140, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Communications received by December 21, 2020 will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered if practicable. Anyone can search the electronic form of any written communications and comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the document, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). Under 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its PO 00000 Frm 00132 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70707 processes. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL– 14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at https://www.transportation.gov/privacy. See also https://www.regulations.gov/ privacyNotice for the privacy notice of regulations.gov. Issued in Washington, DC. John Karl Alexy, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2020–24559 Filed 11–4–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration [Docket No. MARAD–2020–0127] Deepwater Port License Application: Blue Marlin Offshore Port, LLC (BMOP) Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation. ACTION: Notice of intent; Notice of virtual public meeting; Request for comments. AGENCY: The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), in coordination with the Maritime Administration (MARAD), will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) as part of the environmental review of the Blue Marlin Offshore Port, LLC (BMOP) Deepwater port license application. The application proposes the ownership, construction, operation and eventual decommissioning of an offshore oil export deepwater port that would be located within and adjacent to the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in West Cameron Lease Blocks (WC) 509 and 508 and East Cameron (EC) Block 263. Following the existing Stingray pipeline, the deepwater port will be approximately 99 statute miles off the coast of Cameron Parish, Louisiana, with an approximate water depth of 162 feet. The deepwater port would allow for the loading of Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) and other sized crude oil cargo carriers via a Catenary Anchor Leg Mooring (CALM). This Notice of Intent (NOI) requests public participation in the scoping process, provides information on how to participate, and announces an informational (virtual) open house and two public meetings for the communities of Cameron Parish, Louisiana and Jefferson and Orange County, Texas. Pursuant to the criteria provided in the Deepwater Port Act of 1974 (the Act), Louisiana and Texas are SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\05NON1.SGM 05NON1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 70708 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 215 / Thursday, November 5, 2020 / Notices the designated Adjacent Coastal States for this application. DATES: There will be two public scoping meetings virtually held in connection with the BMOP deepwater port application. The meetings will be held virtually for the communities of Cameron Parish, Louisiana, and Jefferson and Orange County, Texas, on December 2, 2020, and December 3, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. central standard time (CST). The virtual public meetings will be preceded by an informational open house via the website at www.BlueMarlinNEPAProcess.com, which will be maintained throughout the NEPA process. The virtual public meetings may end later than the stated time, depending on the number of persons wishing to speak. Additionally, materials submitted in response to this request for comments on the BMOP deepwater port license application must reach the Federal Docket Management Facility as detailed below by December 3, 2020. ADDRESSES: Virtual Public Meeting-to register to attend and/or be a speaker at one of the virtual scoping meetings, visit www.BlueMarlinNEPAProcess.com or call 833–201–3773. Attendees may attend online or via telephone. Details will be relayed to you upon registering for the virtual meeting(s). Registration to be a speaker will end at 4:00 p.m. CST on December 2, 2020. Attendees that did not register to speak will be given the opportunity to comment at the end of the virtual meeting(s) after all registered speakers have been given the opportunity to comment. The public docket for the BMOP deepwater port license application is maintained by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Management Facility, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. The license application is available for viewing at the Regulations.gov website: http://www.regulations.gov under docket number MARAD–2020–0127. We encourage you to submit comments electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov. If you submit your comments electronically, it is not necessary to also submit a hard copy. If you cannot submit material using http:// www.regulations.gov, please contact either Mr. William Nabach, USCG, or Dr. Efrain Lopez, MARAD, as listed in the following ‘‘FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT’’ section of this document, which also provides alternate instructions for submitting written comments. Additionally, if you go to the VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:36 Nov 04, 2020 Jkt 253001 online docket and sign up for email alerts, you will be notified when comments are posted. Anonymous comments will be accepted. All comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you have provided. The Federal Docket Management Facility’s telephone number is 202–366–9317 or 202–366– 9826, the fax number is 202–493–2251. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. William Nabach, U.S. Coast Guard, telephone: 202–372–1437, email: William.A.Nabach2@uscg.mil, or Dr. Efrain Lopez, Maritime Administration, telephone: 202–366–9761, email: Efrain.Lopez@dot.gov. For questions regarding viewing the Docket, call Docket Operations, telephone: 202–366– 9317 or 202–366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Virtual Public Meeting and Virtual Open House We encourage you to visit the informational virtual open house website and attend one of the virtual public meetings to learn about, and comment on, the proposed BMOP deepwater port. You will have the opportunity to verbally submit comments during the virtual public meetings on the scope and significance of the issues related to the proposed deepwater port that should be addressed in the EIS. Speaker registration is available online at www.BlueMarlinNEPAProcess.com or by calling 833–201–3773. Speakers at the virtual public scoping meetings will be recognized in the following order: elected officials, public agencies, individuals or groups in the sign-up order and then anyone else who wishes to speak. In order to allow everyone a chance to speak at any of the virtual public meetings, we may limit speaker time, extend the meeting hours, or both. You must identify yourself, and any organization you represent by name. Your remarks will be recorded and/or transcribed for inclusion in the public docket. Public docket materials will be made available to the public on the Federal Docket Management Facility website (www.regulations.gov). If you plan to attend one of the virtual public meetings and need special assistance such as sign language interpretation, non-English language translator services or other reasonable accommodation, please notify the USCG or MARAD (see FOR FURTHER PO 00000 Frm 00133 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 INFORMATION CONTACT) at least 7 business days in advance of the virtual public meeting. Include your contact information as well as information about your specific needs. Request for Comments We request public comment on this proposal. The comments may relate to, but are not limited to, the environmental impact of the proposed action. All comments will be accepted. The virtual public meetings are not the only opportunity you have to comment on the BMOP deepwater port license application. In addition to, or in place of, attending one of the virtual meetings, you may submit comments directly to the Federal Docket Management Facility during the public comment period (see DATES). We will consider all comments and material received during the 30-day scoping period. The license application, comments and associated documentation, as well as the draft and final EISs (when published), are available for viewing at the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) website: http:// www.regulations.gov under docket number MARAD–2020–0127. Public comment submissions should include: • Docket number MARAD–2020– 0127. • Your name and address. Submit comments or material using only one of the following methods: • Electronically (preferred for processing) to the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) website: http://www.regulations.gov under docket number MARAD–2020–0127. • By mail to the Federal Docket Management Facility (MARAD–2020– 0127), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590– 0001. • By personal delivery to the room and address listed above between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • By fax to the Federal Docket Management Facility at 202–493–2251. Faxed, mailed or hand delivered submissions must be unbound, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches and suitable for copying and electronic scanning. The format of electronic submissions should also be no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches. If you mail your submission and want to know when it reaches the Federal Docket Management Facility, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. Regardless of the method used for submitting comments, all submissions E:\FR\FM\05NON1.SGM 05NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 215 / Thursday, November 5, 2020 / Notices will be posted, without change, to the Federal Docket Management Facility website (http://www.regulations.gov) and will include any personal information you provide. Therefore, submitting this information to the docket makes it public. You may wish to read the Privacy and Use Notice that is available on the Federal Docket Management Facility website and the Department of Transportation Privacy Act Notice that appeared in the Federal Register on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477), see Privacy Act. You may view docket submissions at the Federal Docket Management Facility or electronically on the Federal Docket Management Facility website. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Background Information about deepwater ports, the statutes, and regulations governing their licensing, including the application review process, and the receipt of the current application for the proposed BMOP deepwater port appears in the BMOP Notice of Application, previously published in the Federal Register and available for review by going to www.regulations.gov and searching docket number ‘‘MARAD– 2020–0127.’’ The ‘‘Summary of the Application’’ from that publication is reprinted below for your convenience. Consideration of a deepwater port license application includes review of the proposed deepwater port’s impact on the natural and human environment. For the proposed deepwater port, USCG and MARAD are the co-lead Federal agencies for determining the scope of this review, and in this case, it has been determined that review must include preparation of an EIS. This NOI is required by 40 CFR 1501.9. It briefly describes the proposed action, possible alternatives and our proposed scoping process. You can address any questions about the proposed action, the scoping process or the EIS to the USCG or MARAD project managers identified in this notice (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Proposed Action and Alternatives The proposed action requiring environmental review is the Federal licensing of the proposed deepwater port described in ‘‘Summary of the Application’’ below. The alternatives to licensing the proposed port are: (1) Licensing with conditions (including conditions designed to mitigate environmental impact), (2) evaluation of deepwater port and onshore site/ pipeline route alternatives or (3) denying the application, which for purposes of environmental review is the ‘‘no-action’’ alternative. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:36 Nov 04, 2020 Jkt 253001 Scoping Process Public scoping is an early and open process for identifying and determining the scope of issues to be addressed in the EIS. Scoping begins with this notice, continues through the public comment period (see Dates), and ends when USCG and MARAD have completed the following actions: • Invites the participation of Federal, state, and local agencies, any affected Tribe, the applicant, in this case BMOP, and other interested persons; • Determines the actions, alternatives and impacts described in 40 CFR 1501.9; • Identifies and eliminates from detailed study, those issues that are not significant or that have been covered elsewhere; • Identifies other relevant permitting, environmental review and consultation requirements; • Indicates the relationship between timing of the environmental review and other aspects of the application process; and • At its discretion, exercises the options provided in 40 CFR 1500.4 and 40 CFR 1500.5 Once the scoping process is complete, USCG and MARAD will prepare a draft EIS. When complete, MARAD will publish a Federal Register notice announcing public availability of the Draft EIS. (If you want that notice to be sent to you, please contact the USCG or MARAD project manager identified in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). You will have an opportunity to review and comment on the Draft EIS. The USCG, MARAD and other appropriate cooperating agencies will consider the received comments and then prepare the Final EIS. As with the Draft EIS, we will announce the availability of the Final EIS and give you an opportunity for review and comment. The Act requires a final public hearing to be held in the Adjacent Coastal State. Its purpose is to receive comments on matters related to whether or not an operating license should be issued. The final public hearing will be held after the Final EIS is made available for public review and comment. Summary of the Application BMOP is proposing to construct, own, and operate a deepwater port terminal in the Gulf of Mexico to export domestically produced crude oil. Use of the deepwater port would include the loading of various grades of crude oil at flow rates of up to 80,000 barrels per hour (bph). The BMOP deepwater port would allow for up to one (1) Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) or other crude PO 00000 Frm 00134 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70709 oil carriers to moor at the catenary anchor leg mooring (CALM) and connect with the deepwater port via floating connecting crude oil hoses. The maximum frequency of loading VLCCs or other crude oil carriers would be approximately 2 million barrels per day (1,920,000), 365 days per year. The overall project would consist of offshore and marine components as well as onshore components as described below. The BMOP deepwater port offshore and marine components would consist of the following: • Two (2) new CALM Buoys installed, one in WC 508 (CALM Buoy No. 1) and the other in EC 263(CALM Buoy No. 2). The CALM Buoys will be anchored to the seafloor via an engineered mooring system capable of accommodating mooring forces exerted by a VLCC or other large seafaring vessels during loading operations. Two 24-inch diameter floating hoses will be connected to each CALM Buoy. The hoses will be approximately 1,500 feet long and used for loading operations. • Two new PLEMs installed and anchored on the seafloor. Two 24-inch undersea flexible hoses will be connected to each PLEM and associated CALM Buoy. • Two Crude Oil Loading Pipelines, approximately 4,710 feet long to PLEM/ CALM Buoy No. 1 and 6,085 feet long to PLEM/CALM Buoy No. 2, installed from the WC 509 Platform Complex to the PLEM and CALM locations, one for each PLEM and CALM Buoy. The pipelines will be installed with the top of pipe at least three feet below the natural seafloor. • New MLV on WC 148 Platform; • Two new 36-inch risers connected to the Crude Oil Loading Pipelines on WC 509B Platform; • New control room on WC 509B Platform; • Three new pig barrels, one on the WC 509A Platform and two on WC 509B Platform; • Meter station for crude oil on the WC 509B Platform; • New living quarters (LQ) and heliport on the WC 509C Platform; • Surge valves and tank on the WC 509B Platform; and • New ancillary equipment for the 509 Platform (e.g., power generators, instrument/utility air system, fuel tanks, ac units, freshwater makers, firewater system, seawater and freshwater system, sewage treatment unit, fuel gas system, diesel system, closed drain system, open drain system, hydraulic power unit, hypochlorite system, cranes, communications tower and system, E:\FR\FM\05NON1.SGM 05NON1 70710 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 215 / Thursday, November 5, 2020 / Notices radar) to support operation of the offshore facilities. The BMOP deepwater port onshore storage and supply components would consist of the following: • Safety Zone—The Applicant is requesting that the USCG Captain of the Port establish a Safety Zone around the entire DWP operations area. The Safety Zone will only be open to entry for VLCCs or other crude oil carriers prepared for connection for loading of crude oil, and the necessary service vessels supporting that process. • Anchorage area—Existing USCGdesignated anchorage areas will be utilized for VLCCs (or other crude carriers) awaiting mooring at a CALM Buoy or if they must disconnect from the CALM Buoys for safety reasons. • Support vessel mooring area—A designated Service Vessel Mooring Area will be established in proximity to the offshore WC 509 facilities. • Temporary pre-fabrication yards— Component fabrication will occur at multiple existing fabrication facilities within the GOM coastal region. • Support facilities—Facilities within the GOM coastal region providing support for offshore operations and maintenance activities (e.g., helicopters, supply vessels, work boats, equipment suppliers, and maintenance workers). For more information on the BMOP deepwater port project, you can visit the Regulations.gov website: http:// www.regulations.gov under docket number MARAD–2020–0127 Privacy Act khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES The electronic form of all comments received into the Federal Docket Management Facility can be searched by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). The Department of Transportation Privacy Act Statement can be viewed in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70, pages 19477–78) or by visiting http:// www.regulations.gov. (Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1501, et seq., 49 CFR 1.93). Dated: November 2, 2020. By Order of the Maritime Administrator. T. Mitchell Hudson, Jr., Secretary, Maritime Administration. [FR Doc. 2020–24550 Filed 11–4–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–81–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:36 Nov 04, 2020 Jkt 253001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA–2008–0331] Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit; Columbia Gas Transmission, L.L.C. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: PHMSA is publishing this notice to solicit public comments on a request for a special permit renewal and the addition of special permit segments received from the Columbia Gas Transmission, L.L.C. (TCO). The special permit request is seeking relief from compliance with certain requirements in the Federal pipeline safety regulations. At the conclusion of the 30day comment period, PHMSA will review the comments received from this notice as part of its evaluation to grant or deny the special permit request. DATES: Submit any comments regarding this special permit request by December 7, 2020. ADDRESSES: Comments should reference the docket number for this specific special permit request and may be submitted in the following ways: • E-Gov Website: http:// www.Regulations.gov. This site allows the public to enter comments on any Federal Register notice issued by any agency. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Management System: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: Docket Management System: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Instructions: You should identify the docket number for the special permit request you are commenting on at the beginning of your comments. If you submit your comments by mail, please submit two (2) copies. To receive confirmation that PHMSA has received your comments, please include a selfaddressed stamped postcard. Internet users may submit comments at http:// www.Regulations.gov. SUMMARY: Note: There is a privacy statement published on http://www.Regulations.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00135 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Comments, including any personal information provided, are posted without changes or edits to http:// www.Regulations.gov. Confidential Business Information: Confidential Business Information (CBI) is commercial or financial information that is both customarily and actually treated as private by its owner. Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552), CBI is exempt from public disclosure. If your comments responsive to this notice contain commercial or financial information that is customarily treated as private, that you actually treat as private, and that is relevant or responsive to this notice, it is important that you clearly designate the submitted comments as CBI. Pursuant to 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 190.343, you may ask PHMSA to give confidential treatment to information you give to the agency by taking the following steps: (1) Mark each page of the original document submission containing CBI as ‘‘Confidential’’; (2) send PHMSA, along with the original document, a second copy of the original document with the CBI deleted; and (3) explain why the information you are submitting is CBI. Unless you are notified otherwise, PHMSA will treat such marked submissions as confidential under the FOIA, and they will not be placed in the public docket of this notice. Submissions containing CBI should be sent to Kay McIver, DOT, PHMSA– PHP–80, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Any commentary PHMSA receives that is not specifically designated as CBI will be placed in the public docket for this matter. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: General: Ms. Kay McIver by telephone at 202–366–0113, or by email at kay.mciver@dot.gov. Technical: Mr. Steve Nanney by telephone at 713–272–2855, or by email at steve.nanney@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PHMSA received a special permit request for the renewal and addition of pipeline segments from TCO seeking a waiver from the requirements of 49 CFR 192.611(a): Change in class location: Confirmation or revision of maximum allowable operating pressure. This special permit is being requested in lieu of pipe replacement or pressure reduction for 8 special permit segments consisting of 2.76 miles in 4 existing special permit segments and an additional 1.22 miles in 4 new special permit segments on the TCO pipeline system. The 3.98 miles of proposed special permit segments are located in E:\FR\FM\05NON1.SGM 05NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 215 (Thursday, November 5, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 70707-70710]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-24550]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Maritime Administration

[Docket No. MARAD-2020-0127]


Deepwater Port License Application: Blue Marlin Offshore Port, 
LLC (BMOP)

AGENCY: Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation.

ACTION: Notice of intent; Notice of virtual public meeting; Request for 
comments.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), in coordination with the Maritime 
Administration (MARAD), will prepare an environmental impact statement 
(EIS) as part of the environmental review of the Blue Marlin Offshore 
Port, LLC (BMOP) Deepwater port license application. The application 
proposes the ownership, construction, operation and eventual 
decommissioning of an offshore oil export deepwater port that would be 
located within and adjacent to the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in 
West Cameron Lease Blocks (WC) 509 and 508 and East Cameron (EC) Block 
263. Following the existing Stingray pipeline, the deepwater port will 
be approximately 99 statute miles off the coast of Cameron Parish, 
Louisiana, with an approximate water depth of 162 feet. The deepwater 
port would allow for the loading of Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) 
and other sized crude oil cargo carriers via a Catenary Anchor Leg 
Mooring (CALM). This Notice of Intent (NOI) requests public 
participation in the scoping process, provides information on how to 
participate, and announces an informational (virtual) open house and 
two public meetings for the communities of Cameron Parish, Louisiana 
and Jefferson and Orange County, Texas. Pursuant to the criteria 
provided in the Deepwater Port Act of 1974 (the Act), Louisiana and 
Texas are

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the designated Adjacent Coastal States for this application.

DATES: There will be two public scoping meetings virtually held in 
connection with the BMOP deepwater port application. The meetings will 
be held virtually for the communities of Cameron Parish, Louisiana, and 
Jefferson and Orange County, Texas, on December 2, 2020, and December 
3, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. central standard time (CST). The 
virtual public meetings will be preceded by an informational open house 
via the website at www.BlueMarlinNEPAProcess.com, which will be 
maintained throughout the NEPA process.
    The virtual public meetings may end later than the stated time, 
depending on the number of persons wishing to speak. Additionally, 
materials submitted in response to this request for comments on the 
BMOP deepwater port license application must reach the Federal Docket 
Management Facility as detailed below by December 3, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Virtual Public Meeting-to register to attend and/or be a 
speaker at one of the virtual scoping meetings, visit 
www.BlueMarlinNEPAProcess.com or call 833-201-3773. Attendees may 
attend online or via telephone. Details will be relayed to you upon 
registering for the virtual meeting(s). Registration to be a speaker 
will end at 4:00 p.m. CST on December 2, 2020. Attendees that did not 
register to speak will be given the opportunity to comment at the end 
of the virtual meeting(s) after all registered speakers have been given 
the opportunity to comment.
    The public docket for the BMOP deepwater port license application 
is maintained by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Management Facility, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 
New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. The license application is 
available for viewing at the Regulations.gov website: http://www.regulations.gov under docket number MARAD-2020-0127.
    We encourage you to submit comments electronically through the 
Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. If you submit 
your comments electronically, it is not necessary to also submit a hard 
copy. If you cannot submit material using http://www.regulations.gov, 
please contact either Mr. William Nabach, USCG, or Dr. Efrain Lopez, 
MARAD, as listed in the following ``FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT'' 
section of this document, which also provides alternate instructions 
for submitting written comments. Additionally, if you go to the online 
docket and sign up for email alerts, you will be notified when comments 
are posted. Anonymous comments will be accepted. All comments received 
will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov and will 
include any personal information you have provided. The Federal Docket 
Management Facility's telephone number is 202-366-9317 or 202-366-9826, 
the fax number is 202-493-2251.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. William Nabach, U.S. Coast Guard, 
telephone: 202-372-1437, email: [email protected], or Dr. 
Efrain Lopez, Maritime Administration, telephone: 202-366-9761, email: 
[email protected]. For questions regarding viewing the Docket, call 
Docket Operations, telephone: 202-366-9317 or 202-366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Virtual Public Meeting and Virtual Open House

    We encourage you to visit the informational virtual open house 
website and attend one of the virtual public meetings to learn about, 
and comment on, the proposed BMOP deepwater port. You will have the 
opportunity to verbally submit comments during the virtual public 
meetings on the scope and significance of the issues related to the 
proposed deepwater port that should be addressed in the EIS.
    Speaker registration is available online at 
www.BlueMarlinNEPAProcess.com or by calling 833-201-3773. Speakers at 
the virtual public scoping meetings will be recognized in the following 
order: elected officials, public agencies, individuals or groups in the 
sign-up order and then anyone else who wishes to speak.
    In order to allow everyone a chance to speak at any of the virtual 
public meetings, we may limit speaker time, extend the meeting hours, 
or both. You must identify yourself, and any organization you represent 
by name. Your remarks will be recorded and/or transcribed for inclusion 
in the public docket.
    Public docket materials will be made available to the public on the 
Federal Docket Management Facility website (www.regulations.gov).
    If you plan to attend one of the virtual public meetings and need 
special assistance such as sign language interpretation, non-English 
language translator services or other reasonable accommodation, please 
notify the USCG or MARAD (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) at least 
7 business days in advance of the virtual public meeting. Include your 
contact information as well as information about your specific needs.

Request for Comments

    We request public comment on this proposal. The comments may relate 
to, but are not limited to, the environmental impact of the proposed 
action. All comments will be accepted. The virtual public meetings are 
not the only opportunity you have to comment on the BMOP deepwater port 
license application. In addition to, or in place of, attending one of 
the virtual meetings, you may submit comments directly to the Federal 
Docket Management Facility during the public comment period (see 
Dates). We will consider all comments and material received during the 
30-day scoping period.
    The license application, comments and associated documentation, as 
well as the draft and final EISs (when published), are available for 
viewing at the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) website: http://www.regulations.gov under docket number MARAD-2020-0127.
    Public comment submissions should include:
     Docket number MARAD-2020-0127.
     Your name and address.
    Submit comments or material using only one of the following 
methods:
     Electronically (preferred for processing) to the Federal 
Docket Management System (FDMS) website: http://www.regulations.gov 
under docket number MARAD-2020-0127.
     By mail to the Federal Docket Management Facility (MARAD-
2020-0127), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building, Ground 
Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590-
0001.
     By personal delivery to the room and address listed above 
between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays.
     By fax to the Federal Docket Management Facility at 202-
493-2251.
    Faxed, mailed or hand delivered submissions must be unbound, no 
larger than 8\1/2\ by 11 inches and suitable for copying and electronic 
scanning. The format of electronic submissions should also be no larger 
than 8\1/2\ by 11 inches. If you mail your submission and want to know 
when it reaches the Federal Docket Management Facility, please include 
a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope.
    Regardless of the method used for submitting comments, all 
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will be posted, without change, to the Federal Docket Management 
Facility website (http://www.regulations.gov) and will include any 
personal information you provide. Therefore, submitting this 
information to the docket makes it public. You may wish to read the 
Privacy and Use Notice that is available on the Federal Docket 
Management Facility website and the Department of Transportation 
Privacy Act Notice that appeared in the Federal Register on April 11, 
2000 (65 FR 19477), see Privacy Act. You may view docket submissions at 
the Federal Docket Management Facility or electronically on the Federal 
Docket Management Facility website.

Background

    Information about deepwater ports, the statutes, and regulations 
governing their licensing, including the application review process, 
and the receipt of the current application for the proposed BMOP 
deepwater port appears in the BMOP Notice of Application, previously 
published in the Federal Register and available for review by going to 
www.regulations.gov and searching docket number ``MARAD-2020-0127.'' 
The ``Summary of the Application'' from that publication is reprinted 
below for your convenience.
    Consideration of a deepwater port license application includes 
review of the proposed deepwater port's impact on the natural and human 
environment. For the proposed deepwater port, USCG and MARAD are the 
co-lead Federal agencies for determining the scope of this review, and 
in this case, it has been determined that review must include 
preparation of an EIS. This NOI is required by 40 CFR 1501.9. It 
briefly describes the proposed action, possible alternatives and our 
proposed scoping process. You can address any questions about the 
proposed action, the scoping process or the EIS to the USCG or MARAD 
project managers identified in this notice (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT).

Proposed Action and Alternatives

    The proposed action requiring environmental review is the Federal 
licensing of the proposed deepwater port described in ``Summary of the 
Application'' below. The alternatives to licensing the proposed port 
are: (1) Licensing with conditions (including conditions designed to 
mitigate environmental impact), (2) evaluation of deepwater port and 
onshore site/pipeline route alternatives or (3) denying the 
application, which for purposes of environmental review is the ``no-
action'' alternative.

Scoping Process

    Public scoping is an early and open process for identifying and 
determining the scope of issues to be addressed in the EIS. Scoping 
begins with this notice, continues through the public comment period 
(see Dates), and ends when USCG and MARAD have completed the following 
actions:
     Invites the participation of Federal, state, and local 
agencies, any affected Tribe, the applicant, in this case BMOP, and 
other interested persons;
     Determines the actions, alternatives and impacts described 
in 40 CFR 1501.9;
     Identifies and eliminates from detailed study, those 
issues that are not significant or that have been covered elsewhere;
     Identifies other relevant permitting, environmental review 
and consultation requirements;
     Indicates the relationship between timing of the 
environmental review and other aspects of the application process; and
     At its discretion, exercises the options provided in 40 
CFR 1500.4 and 40 CFR 1500.5
    Once the scoping process is complete, USCG and MARAD will prepare a 
draft EIS. When complete, MARAD will publish a Federal Register notice 
announcing public availability of the Draft EIS. (If you want that 
notice to be sent to you, please contact the USCG or MARAD project 
manager identified in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). You will have 
an opportunity to review and comment on the Draft EIS. The USCG, MARAD 
and other appropriate cooperating agencies will consider the received 
comments and then prepare the Final EIS. As with the Draft EIS, we will 
announce the availability of the Final EIS and give you an opportunity 
for review and comment. The Act requires a final public hearing to be 
held in the Adjacent Coastal State. Its purpose is to receive comments 
on matters related to whether or not an operating license should be 
issued. The final public hearing will be held after the Final EIS is 
made available for public review and comment.

Summary of the Application

    BMOP is proposing to construct, own, and operate a deepwater port 
terminal in the Gulf of Mexico to export domestically produced crude 
oil. Use of the deepwater port would include the loading of various 
grades of crude oil at flow rates of up to 80,000 barrels per hour 
(bph). The BMOP deepwater port would allow for up to one (1) Very Large 
Crude Carriers (VLCCs) or other crude oil carriers to moor at the 
catenary anchor leg mooring (CALM) and connect with the deepwater port 
via floating connecting crude oil hoses. The maximum frequency of 
loading VLCCs or other crude oil carriers would be approximately 2 
million barrels per day (1,920,000), 365 days per year.
    The overall project would consist of offshore and marine components 
as well as onshore components as described below.
    The BMOP deepwater port offshore and marine components would 
consist of the following:
     Two (2) new CALM Buoys installed, one in WC 508 (CALM Buoy 
No. 1) and the other in EC 263(CALM Buoy No. 2). The CALM Buoys will be 
anchored to the seafloor via an engineered mooring system capable of 
accommodating mooring forces exerted by a VLCC or other large seafaring 
vessels during loading operations. Two 24-inch diameter floating hoses 
will be connected to each CALM Buoy. The hoses will be approximately 
1,500 feet long and used for loading operations.
     Two new PLEMs installed and anchored on the seafloor. Two 
24-inch undersea flexible hoses will be connected to each PLEM and 
associated CALM Buoy.
     Two Crude Oil Loading Pipelines, approximately 4,710 feet 
long to PLEM/CALM Buoy No. 1 and 6,085 feet long to PLEM/CALM Buoy No. 
2, installed from the WC 509 Platform Complex to the PLEM and CALM 
locations, one for each PLEM and CALM Buoy. The pipelines will be 
installed with the top of pipe at least three feet below the natural 
seafloor.
     New MLV on WC 148 Platform;
     Two new 36-inch risers connected to the Crude Oil Loading 
Pipelines on WC 509B Platform;
     New control room on WC 509B Platform;
     Three new pig barrels, one on the WC 509A Platform and two 
on WC 509B Platform;
     Meter station for crude oil on the WC 509B Platform;
     New living quarters (LQ) and heliport on the WC 509C 
Platform;
     Surge valves and tank on the WC 509B Platform; and
     New ancillary equipment for the 509 Platform (e.g., power 
generators, instrument/utility air system, fuel tanks, ac units, 
freshwater makers, firewater system, seawater and freshwater system, 
sewage treatment unit, fuel gas system, diesel system, closed drain 
system, open drain system, hydraulic power unit, hypochlorite system, 
cranes, communications tower and system,

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radar) to support operation of the offshore facilities.
    The BMOP deepwater port onshore storage and supply components would 
consist of the following:
     Safety Zone--The Applicant is requesting that the USCG 
Captain of the Port establish a Safety Zone around the entire DWP 
operations area. The Safety Zone will only be open to entry for VLCCs 
or other crude oil carriers prepared for connection for loading of 
crude oil, and the necessary service vessels supporting that process.
     Anchorage area--Existing USCG-designated anchorage areas 
will be utilized for VLCCs (or other crude carriers) awaiting mooring 
at a CALM Buoy or if they must disconnect from the CALM Buoys for 
safety reasons.
     Support vessel mooring area--A designated Service Vessel 
Mooring Area will be established in proximity to the offshore WC 509 
facilities.
     Temporary pre-fabrication yards--Component fabrication 
will occur at multiple existing fabrication facilities within the GOM 
coastal region.
     Support facilities--Facilities within the GOM coastal 
region providing support for offshore operations and maintenance 
activities (e.g., helicopters, supply vessels, work boats, equipment 
suppliers, and maintenance workers).
    For more information on the BMOP deepwater port project, you can 
visit the Regulations.gov website: http://www.regulations.gov under 
docket number MARAD-2020-0127

Privacy Act

    The electronic form of all comments received into the Federal 
Docket Management Facility can be searched by the name of the 
individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted 
on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). The 
Department of Transportation Privacy Act Statement can be viewed in the 
Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70, 
pages 19477-78) or by visiting http://www.regulations.gov.

(Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1501, et seq., 49 CFR 1.93).


    Dated: November 2, 2020.

    By Order of the Maritime Administrator.
T. Mitchell Hudson, Jr.,
Secretary, Maritime Administration.

[FR Doc. 2020-24550 Filed 11-4-20; 8:45 am]
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