Notice of Receipt of Right-of-Way Application for Natural Gas Pipeline Crossing San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, 81952-81953 [2020-27752]

Download as PDF 81952 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 243 / Thursday, December 17, 2020 / Notices • For the four Census Regions (to be used for those metropolitan areas that are not covered by a CPI city-survey and non-metropolitan areas). AAFs use the same Office of Management and Budget (OMB) metropolitan area definitions, as revised by HUD, that are used for the FY 2021 FMRs. Area Definitions To make certain that they are using the correct AAFs, users should refer to the Area Definitions Table section at http://www.huduser.gov/portal/ datasets/aaf.html. The Area Definitions Table lists CPI areas in alphabetical order by state, and the associated Census region is shown next to each state name. Areas whose AAFs are determined by local CPI surveys are listed first. All metropolitan areas with local CPI survey areas have separate AAF schedules and are shown with their corresponding county definitions or as metropolitan counties. In the six New England states, the listings are for counties or parts of counties as defined by towns or cities. The remaining counties use the CPI for the Census Region and are not separately listed in the Area Definitions Table at http:// www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/ aaf.html. Puerto Rico uses its own AAFs calculated from the Puerto Rico CPI as adjusted by the PRCS, the Virgin Islands uses the South Region AAFs and the Pacific Islands use the West Region AAFs. Todd M. Richardson, General Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy Development and Research. [FR Doc. 2020–27708 Filed 12–16–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Public Availability of Comments Fish and Wildlife Service • Written comments we receive will become part of the public record associated with this action. Please be aware that your entire comment— including your personal identifying information, address, phone number, and email—may be made publicly available at any time. While you may request in your comment that we withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public disclosure in their entirety. [FWS–R2–NWRS–2020–N072; FVRS84510200000–20X–FF02R05000] Notice of Receipt of Right-of-Way Application for Natural Gas Pipeline Crossing San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Receipt of Right-ofWay Application for Natural Gas Pipeline; request for comment. AGENCY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received two applications for 30-year right-of-way permits from Baymark Pipeline LLC and South Texas NGL Pipeline LLC, respectively. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will open the National Wildlife Refuge System lands, allowing for this infrastructure, under the authority of the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requests public comment on the permit applications and associated documents. DATES: We must receive any written comments on or before January 19, 2021. SUMMARY: Send your comments or requests by any one of the following methods. • Email: jennifer_sanchez@fws.gov (use ‘‘Enterprise ROW’’ as your subject line). • Fax: 979–964–4021 (use ‘‘Enterprise ROW’’ as your subject line). • U.S. mail: Project Leader, Texas Mid-coast Complex, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2547 County Road 316, Brazoria, TX 77422. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Sanchez, 979–964–4011 (phone), or jennifer_sanchez@fws.gov (email). Individuals who are hearing or speech impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339 for TTY assistance. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), has received two applications for 30-year right-of-way (ROW) permits under the Mineral Leasing Act. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Applicants’ Permit Proposals Baymark Pipeline LLC and South Texas NGL Pipeline LLC have each requested a 30-ft-wide pipeline right-ofway across a 203-ft-long section of the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge NWR in Brazoria County, Texas. The applicants request ROW permits for the following pipelines: Applicant Pipeline description Baymark Pipeline LLC ...................................................... South Texas NGL Pipeline LLC ....................................... 12-inch-diameter pipeline, steel ...................................... 8-inch-diameter pipeline, steel ........................................ The ROW permits, if granted by the Service, would enable each respective applicant to construct, operate, maintain, and terminate an ethylene and propylene pipeline. The purpose of the new pipelines would be to transport ethylene and propylene through Matagorda, Brazoria, Galveston, and Harris Counties in Texas. The requested ROWs would be collocated within an existing 30-fit pipeline ROW that is used by Florida Gas and Lavaca to transport natural gas. The existing pipeline ROW is not an exclusive area; therefore, additional uses may be VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:52 Dec 16, 2020 Jkt 253001 collocated within the same cleared corridor. The applicants’ pipelines would be installed by means of a conventional bore technique under refuge land; therefore, the construction would not require trenching on refuge lands. No additional permit boundaries beyond the existing ROW are required. The bore holes would be located 300 ft outside the refuge property line on adjacent private lands. Next Steps Material to be transported permit applications from Baymark Pipeline LLC and South Texas NGL Pipeline LLC, which includes the preparation of the National Environmental Policy Act documentation along with terms and conditions of the right-of-way permit. Authority Applications for ROW for natural gas pipelines are to be filed in accordance with Section 28 of the Mineral Leasing This notice informs the public that the Service will process the ROW PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 natural gas (ethylene). natural gas (propylene). E:\FR\FM\17DEN1.SGM 17DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 243 / Thursday, December 17, 2020 / Notices Act of 1920 (30 U.S.C. Ch. 3A § 181), as amended, (41 Stat. 437, Pub. L. 66–146). Amy Lueders, Southwest Region Director, Interior Region 6, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2020–27752 Filed 12–16–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [Docket No. FWS–R8–ES–2020–0142; FXES1120800000–201–FF08ENVS00] Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Draft Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan, and Draft NEPA Compliance Documentation, for the Gamebird Substation Expansion in Pahrump, Nye County, Nevada Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability of the proposed low-effect habitat conservation plan, and NEPA compliance documentation; request for comment. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the receipt and availability of an application for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and an associated draft low-effect habitat conservation plan (HCP). Additionally, consistent with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), we have prepared a draft loweffect screening form and environmental action statement supporting our preliminary determination that the proposed permit action qualifies for a categorical exclusion under NEPA. GridLiance West, LLC has applied for an ITP under the ESA for the Gamebird Substation Expansion in Pahrump, Nye County, Nevada. The ITP would authorize the take of one species incidental to the development and construction of the project. We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies to comment on the permit application, proposed low-effect HCP, and NEPA categorical exclusion determination documentation. Before issuing the requested ITP, we will take into consideration any information that we receive during the public comment period. DATES: We must receive your written comments on or before January 19, 2021. ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: The documents this notice announces, as well as any comments and other materials that we SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:52 Dec 16, 2020 Jkt 253001 receive, will be available for public inspection online in Docket No. FWS– R8–ES–2020–0142 at http:// www.regulations.gov. Submitting Comments: To send written comments, please use one of the following methods and identify to which document your comments are in reference—the ITP application, draft HCP, or NEPA compliance documentation. • Internet: Submit comments at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R8–ES–2020–0142. • U.S. Mail: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS–R8– ES–2020–0142; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, MS: PRB/3W, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803. For more information, see Public Comments and Public Availability of Comments under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Glen W. Knowles, Field Supervisor, Southern Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office, by phone at 702–515–5244 or via the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the receipt and availability of an application submitted by GridLiance West, LLC (applicant), for a 4-year incidental take permit (ITP) under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Application for the permit requires the preparation of an HCP with measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate the impacts of incidental take of endangered or threatened species to the maximum extent practicable. The applicant prepared the draft Low Effect HCP for the Gamebird Substation Expansion pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA. FWS consideration of issuing an ITP also requires evaluation of its potential impacts on the natural and human environment in accordance with NEPA. FWS has prepared a low-effect screening form and environmental action statement (categorical exclusion, or catex documentation), pursuant to NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and its implementing regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 40 CFR 1501.4, to preliminarily determine if the proposed HCP qualifies as a low-effect HCP, eligible for a categorical exclusion. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Background Except for permitted exceptions, section 9 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1538 et seq.) prohibits the taking of fish and wildlife species listed as endangered under section 4 of the ESA; by PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 81953 regulation, take of certain species listed as threatened is also prohibited (16 U.S.C. 1533(d); 50 CFR 17.31). Regulations governing the permitted exception for allowable incidental take of endangered and threatened species are at 50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32. For more about the Federal habitat conservation HCP program, go to http://www.fws.gov/ endangered/esa-library/pdf/hcp.pdf. National Environmental Policy Act Compliance The proposed permit issuance triggers the need for compliance with the NEPA. The draft catex documentation was prepared to determine if issuance of an ITP, based on the draft HCP, would individually or cumulatively have only a minor or negligible effect on the species covered in the HCP, and would therefore qualify as a low-effect HCP eligible for a categorical exclusion from further environmental analysis under NEPA. Proposed Action Under the proposed action, the Service would issue an ITP to the applicant for a period of 4 years for certain covered activities (described below) related to the expansion of the existing Gamebird Substation. The applicant has requested an ITP for one covered species, the Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), which was, and remains as listed under the ESA as threatened in April 1990. Habitat Conservation Plan Area The geographic scope of the draft habitat conservation plan (HCP) area encompasses 18.2 acres in Nye County, Nevada, where the expansion will occur. Covered Activities The proposed section 10(a) ITP would allow incidental take of one covered species from covered activities in the proposed HCP area. The applicant is requesting incidental take authorization for covered activities, including site preparation, geotechnical drilling, associated infrastructure development, expansion of the substation, and the installation of a 230-kilovolt (kV) transmission line to connect the substation to an existing 230-kV transmission line that runs from Pahrump to the Sloan Canyon Switch. The applicant has proposed to minimize and mitigate for the direct impacts to desert tortoises and its habitat in the HCP area through the following measures: 1. Implementing a worker environmental awareness training program; E:\FR\FM\17DEN1.SGM 17DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R2-NWRS-2020-N072; FVRS84510200000-20X-FF02R05000]


Notice of Receipt of Right-of-Way Application for Natural Gas 
Pipeline Crossing San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Receipt of Right-of-Way Application for Natural Gas 
Pipeline; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received two 
applications for 30-year right-of-way permits from Baymark Pipeline LLC 
and South Texas NGL Pipeline LLC, respectively. The U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service will open the National Wildlife Refuge System lands, 
allowing for this infrastructure, under the authority of the National 
Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service requests public comment on the permit applications and 
associated documents.

DATES: We must receive any written comments on or before January 19, 
2021.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments or requests by any one of the following 
methods.
     Email: [email protected] (use ``Enterprise ROW'' as 
your subject line).
     Fax: 979-964-4021 (use ``Enterprise ROW'' as your subject 
line).
     U.S. mail: Project Leader, Texas Mid-coast Complex, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, 2547 County Road 316, Brazoria, TX 77422.

Public Availability of Comments

     Written comments we receive will become part of the public 
record associated with this action. Please be aware that your entire 
comment--including your personal identifying information, address, 
phone number, and email--may be made publicly available at any time. 
While you may request in your comment that we withhold your personal 
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we 
will be able to do so. All submissions from organizations or 
businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as 
representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be 
made available for public disclosure in their entirety.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Sanchez, 979-964-4011 
(phone), or [email protected] (email). Individuals who are 
hearing or speech impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-
877-8339 for TTY assistance.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
(Service), has received two applications for 30-year right-of-way (ROW) 
permits under the Mineral Leasing Act.

Applicants' Permit Proposals

    Baymark Pipeline LLC and South Texas NGL Pipeline LLC have each 
requested a 30-ft-wide pipeline right-of-way across a 203-ft-long 
section of the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge NWR in Brazoria 
County, Texas.
    The applicants request ROW permits for the following pipelines:

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                                                         Material to be
           Applicant             Pipeline description      transported
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Baymark Pipeline LLC..........  12-inch-diameter        natural gas
                                 pipeline, steel.        (ethylene).
South Texas NGL Pipeline LLC..  8-inch-diameter         natural gas
                                 pipeline, steel.        (propylene).
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    The ROW permits, if granted by the Service, would enable each 
respective applicant to construct, operate, maintain, and terminate an 
ethylene and propylene pipeline. The purpose of the new pipelines would 
be to transport ethylene and propylene through Matagorda, Brazoria, 
Galveston, and Harris Counties in Texas. The requested ROWs would be 
collocated within an existing 30-fit pipeline ROW that is used by 
Florida Gas and Lavaca to transport natural gas. The existing pipeline 
ROW is not an exclusive area; therefore, additional uses may be 
collocated within the same cleared corridor.
    The applicants' pipelines would be installed by means of a 
conventional bore technique under refuge land; therefore, the 
construction would not require trenching on refuge lands. No additional 
permit boundaries beyond the existing ROW are required. The bore holes 
would be located 300 ft outside the refuge property line on adjacent 
private lands.

Next Steps

    This notice informs the public that the Service will process the 
ROW permit applications from Baymark Pipeline LLC and South Texas NGL 
Pipeline LLC, which includes the preparation of the National 
Environmental Policy Act documentation along with terms and conditions 
of the right-of-way permit.

Authority

    Applications for ROW for natural gas pipelines are to be filed in 
accordance with Section 28 of the Mineral Leasing

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Act of 1920 (30 U.S.C. Ch. 3A Sec.  181), as amended, (41 Stat. 437, 
Pub. L. 66-146).

Amy Lueders,
Southwest Region Director, Interior Region 6, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-27752 Filed 12-16-20; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4333-15-P