Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for The Proposed Big Bend Project, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Schedule for Environmental Review, 49014-49017 [2021-18896]

Download as PDF 49014 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 167 / Wednesday, September 1, 2021 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. ER21–2764–000] khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Highest Power Solar, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes Request for Blanket Section 204 Authorization This is a supplemental notice in the above-referenced proceeding of Highest Power Solar, LLC’s application for market-based rate authority, with an accompanying rate tariff, noting that such application includes a request for blanket authorization, under 18 CFR part 34, of future issuances of securities and assumptions of liability. Any person desiring to intervene or to protest should file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426, in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214). Anyone filing a motion to intervene or protest must serve a copy of that document on the Applicant. Notice is hereby given that the deadline for filing protests with regard to the applicant’s request for blanket authorization, under 18 CFR part 34, of future issuances of securities and assumptions of liability, is September 15, 2021. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper, using the FERC Online links at http:// www.ferc.gov. To facilitate electronic service, persons with internet access who will eFile a document and/or be listed as a contact for an intervenor must create and validate an eRegistration account using the eRegistration link. Select the eFiling link to log on and submit the intervention or protests. Persons unable to file electronically may mail similar pleadings to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426. Hand delivered submissions in docketed proceedings should be delivered to Health and Human Services, 12225 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20852. In addition to publishing the full text of this document in the Federal Register, the Commission provides all interested persons an opportunity to view and/or print the contents of this document via the internet through the Commission’s Home Page (http:// www.ferc.gov) using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:09 Aug 31, 2021 Jkt 253001 last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. At this time, the Commission has suspended access to the Commission’s Public Reference Room, due to the proclamation declaring a National Emergency concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID–19), issued by the President on March 13, 2020. For assistance, contact the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call toll-free, (886) 208–3676 or TYY, (202) 502–8659. Dated: August 26, 2021. Debbie-Anne A. Reese, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–18904 Filed 8–31–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP21–45–000] Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for The Proposed Big Bend Project, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Schedule for Environmental Review The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) that will discuss the environmental impacts of the Big Bend Project (Project) involving construction and operation of facilities by Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC (FGT) in Calhoun, Jefferson, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Santa Rosa, and Taylor Counties, Florida. The Commission will use this EIS in its decision-making process to determine whether FGT’s proposed Project is in the public convenience and necessity. The schedule for preparation of the EIS is discussed in the Schedule for Environmental Review section of this notice. As part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process, the Commission takes into account concerns the public may have about proposals and the environmental impacts that could result whenever it considers the issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. This gathering of public input is referred to as ‘‘scoping.’’ By notice issued on March 15, 2021, in Docket No. CP21–45–000, the Commission opened a scoping period; and staff intends to prepare an EIS that will address the concerns raised PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 during that scoping period as well as comments received in response to this notice. Therefore, the Commission requests comments on potential alternatives and impacts, and any relevant information, studies, or analyses of any kind concerning impacts affecting the quality of the human environment. To ensure that your comments are timely and properly recorded, please submit your comments so that the Commission receives them in Washington, DC on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on September 27, 2021. Further details on how to submit comments are provided in the Public Participation section of this notice. As mentioned above, the Commission previously opened a scoping period which expired on April 14, 2021. All substantive written and oral comments provided during scoping will be addressed in the EIS. Therefore, if you submitted comments on this Project to the Commission during the previous scoping process, you do not need to file those comments again. 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, the Natural Gas Act conveys the right of eminent domain to the company. 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. The Commission does not grant, exercise, or oversee the exercise of eminent domain authority. The courts have exclusive authority to handle eminent domain cases; the Commission has no jurisdiction over these matters. FGT 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?’’ which addresses typically asked questions, including the use of eminent domain and how to participate in the Commission’s proceedings. This fact sheet along with other landowner topics of interest are available for viewing on the FERC website (www.ferc.gov) under the Natural Gas Questions or Landowner Topics link. Public Participation There are three methods you can use to submit your comments to the E:\FR\FM\01SEN1.SGM 01SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 167 / Wednesday, September 1, 2021 / Notices 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 FERC Online. 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 also on the Commission’s website (www.ferc.gov) under the link to FERC Online. 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 Commission. Be sure to reference the Project docket number (CP21–45–000) on your letter. Submissions sent via the U.S. Postal Service must be addressed to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426. Submissions sent via any other carrier must be addressed to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 12225 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852. Additionally, the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription. This service provides automatic notification of filings made to subscribed dockets, document summaries, and direct links to the documents. Go to https:// www.ferc.gov/ferc-online/overview to register for eSubscription. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Summary of the Proposed Project, the Project Purpose and Need, and Expected Impacts FGT proposes to construct and operate the Big Bend Project to provide about 29 million standard cubic feet of natural gas per day to serve the need for additional firm transportation service in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, Florida for current and future electricity generation. The project facilities would consist of: • West Loop: Approximately 1.7 miles of 36-inch-diameter pipeline VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:09 Aug 31, 2021 Jkt 253001 loop 1 extension in Calhoun County, Florida; • East Loop: Approximately 1.5 miles of 36-inch-diameter pipeline loop extension in Jefferson County, Florida; • Relocation of associated pig receiver stations in Calhoun and Jefferson Counties, Florida; and • Upgrade existing natural gas-fired compressor turbines at four existing compressor stations: Æ Compressor Station 12—upgrade Unit 1207 from 15,000 horsepower (HP) to 16,000 HP in Santa Rosa County, Florida; Æ Compressor Station 14—upgrade Unit 1409 from 20,500 HP to 23,500 HP in Gadsden County, Florida; Æ Compressor Station 15—upgrade Unit 1507 from 15,000 HP to 16,000 HP in Taylor County, Florida; and Æ Compressor Station 24—upgrade Unit 2403 from 20,500 HP to 23,500 HP in Gilchrist County, Florida. The general location of the project facilities is shown in appendix 1.2 Construction of the proposed facilities would disturb about 269.3 acres of land for the aboveground facilities and the pipeline. Following construction, FGT would maintain about 210.4 acres for permanent operation of the project’s facilities; the remaining acreage would be restored and revert to former uses. All of the proposed pipeline route parallels existing pipeline, utility, or road rights-of-way. The modifications at Compressor Stations 12, 14, 15 and 24 would occur within the existing station boundaries without the need for ground disturbance. Based on an initial review of FGT’s proposal and public comments received during scoping, Commission staff have identified potential impacts that deserve attention in the EIS. The Project may affect wildlife, invasive species, conservation easements, cultural resources, and greenhouse gas emissions. 1 A pipeline loop is a segment of pipe constructed parallel to an existing pipeline to increase capacity. A ‘‘pig’’ is a tool that the pipeline company inserts into and pushes through the pipeline for cleaning the pipeline, conducting internal inspections, or other purposes. 2 The appendices referenced in this notice will not appear in the Federal Register. Copies of the appendices were sent to all those receiving this notice in the mail and are available at www.ferc.gov using the link called ‘‘eLibrary’’. For instructions on connecting to eLibrary, refer to the last page of this notice. At this time, the Commission has suspended access to the Commission’s Public Reference Room due to the proclamation declaring a National Emergency concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID–19), issued by the President on March 13, 2020. For assistance, contact FERC at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call toll free, (886) 208–3676 or TTY (202) 502–8659. PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49015 The NEPA Process and the EIS The EIS issued by the Commission will discuss impacts that could occur as a result of the construction and operation of the proposed Project under the relevant general resource areas: • Geology and soils; • water resources and wetlands; • vegetation and wildlife; • threatened and endangered species; • cultural resources; • land use; • environmental justice; • air quality and noise; and • reliability and safety. Commission staff will also make recommendations on how to lessen or avoid impacts on the various resource areas. Your comments will help Commission staff focus its analysis on the issues that may have a significant effect on the human environment. The EIS will present Commission staff’s independent analysis of the issues. Staff will prepare a draft EIS which will be issued for public comment. Commission staff will consider all timely comments received during the comment period on the draft EIS and revise the document, as necessary, before issuing a final EIS. Any draft and final EIS will be available in electronic format in the public record through eLibrary 3 and the Commission’s natural gas environmental documents web page (https://www.ferc.gov/industries-data/ natural-gas/environment/ environmental-documents). If eSubscribed, you will receive instant email notification when the environmental document is issued. 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 initiated section 106 consultation for the Project in the notice issued on March 15, 2021, with the applicable State Historic Preservation Officer(s), and other government agencies, interested Indian tribes, and the public to solicit their views and concerns regarding the Project’s potential effects on historic properties.4 This notice is a 3 For instructions on connecting to eLibrary, refer to the last page of this notice. 4 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. E:\FR\FM\01SEN1.SGM 01SEN1 49016 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 167 / Wednesday, September 1, 2021 / Notices continuation of section 106 consultation for the Project. The Project EIS will document findings on the impacts on historic properties and summarize the status of consultations under section 106. comments on reasonable alternatives (including alternative facility sites and pipeline routes) that meet the Project objectives, are technically and economically feasible, and avoid or lessen environmental impact. Alternatives Under Consideration Schedule for Environmental Review The EIS will evaluate reasonable alternatives that are technically and economically feasible and meet the purpose and need for the proposed action.5 Alternatives currently under consideration include: • The no-action alternative, meaning the Project is not implemented; • system alternatives evaluating whether the Project purpose could be met by use of the existing system facilities; and • route alternatives. With this notice, the Commission requests specific comments regarding any additional potential alternatives to the proposed action or segments of the proposed action. Please focus your On February 12, 2021, the Commission issued its Notice of Application for the Project. Among other things, that notice alerted other agencies issuing federal authorizations of the requirement to complete all necessary reviews and to reach a final decision on the request for a federal authorization within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff’s final EIS for the Project. This notice identifies the Commission staff’s planned schedule for completion of the final EIS for the Project, which is based on an issuance of the draft EIS in November 2021. Issuance of Notice of Availability of the final EIS: March 11, 2022. Agency 90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline: June 9, 2022. If a schedule change becomes necessary for the final EIS, an additional notice will be provided so that the relevant agencies are kept informed of the Project’s progress. Permits and Authorizations The table below lists the anticipated permits and authorizations for the Project required under federal law. This list may not be all-inclusive and does not preclude any permit or authorization if it is not listed here. Agencies with jurisdiction by law and/ or special expertise may formally cooperate in the preparation of the Commission’s EIS and may adopt the EIS to satisfy its NEPA responsibilities related to this Project. 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. Permit/approval/consultation Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. United States Army Corps of Engineers. United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). FDEP, Florida Coastal Office ......... FDEP, Division of Water Resource Management, NPDES Stormwater Program. FDEP, Division of Air Resource Management. Florida Division of Historical Resources, State Historic Preservation Officer. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity under Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act. Section 404 and 408 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbor Act—Authority delegated to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) on December 17, 2020. Consultations under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act. Application for Individual and Conceptual Approval Environmental Resource Permit (ERP), State 404 Program Permit, and Authorization to Use State-Owned Submerged Lands. Section 401 CWA Water Quality Certification. Section 40.061 of the Florida Administrative Code and Coastal Zone Consistency Determination—Included with FDEP ERP/State 404 Application. National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Hydrostatic Test Discharge Permit—Verification of Exemption. NPDES General Permit, Stormwater Discharges. Clean Air Act. State Air Construction Permit Applications for all 4 Compressor Stations. Clean Air Act. Title V Permit Modifications for all 4 Compressor Stations. Consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Consultations under Chapter 379.2291 of Florida Statues and Endangered and Threatened Species Act. Gopher Tortoise Temporary Exclusion Permit for Major Linear Utility Corridors. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Environmental Mailing List This notice is being sent to the Commission’s current environmental mailing list for the Project which includes federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; federally recognized Indian tribes; other interested parties; and local libraries and newspapers. This list also 5 40 includes all affected landowners (as defined in the Commission’s regulations) who are potential right-ofway 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 and includes a mailing address with their comments. 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. 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 need to make changes to your name/address, or if you would like to CFR 1508.1(z). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:09 Aug 31, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\01SEN1.SGM 01SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 167 / Wednesday, September 1, 2021 / Notices remove your name from the mailing list, please complete one of the following steps: (1) Send an email to GasProjectAddressChange@ferc.gov stating your request. You must include the docket number CP21–45–000 in your request. If you are requesting a change to your address, please be sure to include your name and the correct address. If you are requesting to delete your address from the mailing list, please include your name and address as it appeared on this notice. This email address is unable to accept comments. or (2) 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 (i.e., CP21–45). 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 https://www.ferc.gov/newsevents/events along with other related information. Dated: August 26, 2021. Debbie-Anne A. Reese, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–18896 Filed 8–31–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES [Docket No. CP21–197–000] Kern River Gas Transmission Company; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Delta Lateral Project, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Schedule for Environmental Review The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:09 Aug 31, 2021 Jkt 253001 that will discuss the environmental impacts of the Delta Lateral Project (Project) involving construction and operation of facilities by Kern River Gas Transmission Company (Kern River) in Millard County, Utah. The Commission will use the EIS in its decision-making process to determine whether Kern River’s proposed Project is in the public convenience and necessity. The schedule for preparation of the EIS is discussed in the Schedule for Environmental Review section of this notice. As part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process, the Commission takes into account concerns the public may have about proposals and the environmental impacts that could result whenever it considers the issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. This gathering of public input is referred to as ‘‘scoping.’’ By notice issued on January 4, 2021 in Docket No. PF20–4– 000, the Commission opened a scoping period during Kern River’s planning process for the Project and prior to filing a formal application with the Commission, a process referred to as ‘‘pre-filing.’’ Kern River has now filed an application with the Commission, and staff intends to prepare an EIS that will address the concerns raised during the pre-filing scoping process and comments received in response to this notice. Therefore, the Commission requests comments on potential alternatives and impacts, and any relevant information, studies, or analyses of any kind concerning impacts affecting the quality of the human environment. To ensure that your comments are timely and properly recorded, please submit your comments so that the Commission receives them in Washington, DC on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on September 27, 2021. Further details on how to submit comments are provided in the Public Participation section of this notice. As mentioned above, during the prefiling process, the Commission opened a scoping period which expired on February 3, 2021; however, Commission staff continued to accept comments during the entire pre-filing process. All substantive written and oral comments provided during pre-filing will be addressed in the EIS. Therefore, if you submitted comments on this Project to the Commission during the pre-filing process in Docket No. PF20–4–000 you do not need to file those comments again. If you are a landowner receiving this notice, a pipeline company representative may contact you about the acquisition of an easement to PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49017 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, the Natural Gas Act conveys the right of eminent domain to the company. 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. The Commission does not grant, exercise, or oversee the exercise of eminent domain authority. The courts have exclusive authority to handle eminent domain cases; the Commission has no jurisdiction over these matters. Kern River 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?’’ which addresses typically asked questions, including the use of eminent domain and how to participate in the Commission’s proceedings. This fact sheet along with other landowner topics of interest are available for viewing on the FERC website (www.ferc.gov) under the Natural Gas Questions or Landowner Topics link. Public Participation 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 FERC Online. 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 FERC Online. 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 E:\FR\FM\01SEN1.SGM 01SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 167 (Wednesday, September 1, 2021)]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP21-45-000]


Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC; Notice of Intent To 
Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for The Proposed Big Bend 
Project, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Schedule for 
Environmental Review

    The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or 
Commission) will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) that 
will discuss the environmental impacts of the Big Bend Project 
(Project) involving construction and operation of facilities by Florida 
Gas Transmission Company, LLC (FGT) in Calhoun, Jefferson, Gadsden, 
Gilchrist, Santa Rosa, and Taylor Counties, Florida. The Commission 
will use this EIS in its decision-making process to determine whether 
FGT's proposed Project is in the public convenience and necessity. The 
schedule for preparation of the EIS is discussed in the Schedule for 
Environmental Review section of this notice.
    As part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review 
process, the Commission takes into account concerns the public may have 
about proposals and the environmental impacts that could result 
whenever it considers the issuance of a Certificate of Public 
Convenience and Necessity. This gathering of public input is referred 
to as ``scoping.'' By notice issued on March 15, 2021, in Docket No. 
CP21-45-000, the Commission opened a scoping period; and staff intends 
to prepare an EIS that will address the concerns raised during that 
scoping period as well as comments received in response to this notice. 
Therefore, the Commission requests comments on potential alternatives 
and impacts, and any relevant information, studies, or analyses of any 
kind concerning impacts affecting the quality of the human environment. 
To ensure that your comments are timely and properly recorded, please 
submit your comments so that the Commission receives them in 
Washington, DC on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on September 27, 
2021. Further details on how to submit comments are provided in the 
Public Participation section of this notice.
    As mentioned above, the Commission previously opened a scoping 
period which expired on April 14, 2021. All substantive written and 
oral comments provided during scoping will be addressed in the EIS. 
Therefore, if you submitted comments on this Project to the Commission 
during the previous scoping process, you do not need to file those 
comments again.
    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, the Natural Gas Act conveys the right of eminent 
domain to the company. 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. The Commission does 
not grant, exercise, or oversee the exercise of eminent domain 
authority. The courts have exclusive authority to handle eminent domain 
cases; the Commission has no jurisdiction over these matters.
    FGT 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?'' which addresses typically asked questions, including 
the use of eminent domain and how to participate in the Commission's 
proceedings. This fact sheet along with other landowner topics of 
interest are available for viewing on the FERC website (www.ferc.gov) 
under the Natural Gas Questions or Landowner Topics link.

Public Participation

    There are three methods you can use to submit your comments to the

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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 FERC Online. 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 also on the Commission's website (www.ferc.gov) under 
the link to FERC Online. 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 Commission. Be sure to reference the Project docket number (CP21-
45-000) on your letter. Submissions sent via the U.S. Postal Service 
must be addressed to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Room 1A, Washington, DC 
20426. Submissions sent via any other carrier must be addressed to: 
Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 
12225 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852.
    Additionally, the Commission offers a free service called 
eSubscription. This service provides automatic notification of filings 
made to subscribed dockets, document summaries, and direct links to the 
documents. Go to https://www.ferc.gov/ferc-online/overview to register 
for eSubscription.

Summary of the Proposed Project, the Project Purpose and Need, and 
Expected Impacts

    FGT proposes to construct and operate the Big Bend Project to 
provide about 29 million standard cubic feet of natural gas per day to 
serve the need for additional firm transportation service in 
Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, Florida for current and future 
electricity generation. The project facilities would consist of:
     West Loop: Approximately 1.7 miles of 36-inch-diameter 
pipeline loop \1\ extension in Calhoun County, Florida;
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    \1\ A pipeline loop is a segment of pipe constructed parallel to 
an existing pipeline to increase capacity. A ``pig'' is a tool that 
the pipeline company inserts into and pushes through the pipeline 
for cleaning the pipeline, conducting internal inspections, or other 
purposes.
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     East Loop: Approximately 1.5 miles of 36-inch-diameter 
pipeline loop extension in Jefferson County, Florida;
     Relocation of associated pig receiver stations in Calhoun 
and Jefferson Counties, Florida; and
     Upgrade existing natural gas-fired compressor turbines at 
four existing compressor stations:
    [cir] Compressor Station 12--upgrade Unit 1207 from 15,000 
horsepower (HP) to 16,000 HP in Santa Rosa County, Florida;
    [cir] Compressor Station 14--upgrade Unit 1409 from 20,500 HP to 
23,500 HP in Gadsden County, Florida;
    [cir] Compressor Station 15--upgrade Unit 1507 from 15,000 HP to 
16,000 HP in Taylor County, Florida; and
    [cir] Compressor Station 24--upgrade Unit 2403 from 20,500 HP to 
23,500 HP in Gilchrist County, Florida.
    The general location of the project facilities is shown in appendix 
1.\2\
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    \2\ The appendices referenced in this notice will not appear in 
the Federal Register. Copies of the appendices were sent to all 
those receiving this notice in the mail and are available at 
www.ferc.gov using the link called ``eLibrary''. For instructions on 
connecting to eLibrary, refer to the last page of this notice. At 
this time, the Commission has suspended access to the Commission's 
Public Reference Room due to the proclamation declaring a National 
Emergency concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), 
issued by the President on March 13, 2020. For assistance, contact 
FERC at [email protected] or call toll free, (886) 208-3676 
or TTY (202) 502-8659.
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    Construction of the proposed facilities would disturb about 269.3 
acres of land for the aboveground facilities and the pipeline. 
Following construction, FGT would maintain about 210.4 acres for 
permanent operation of the project's facilities; the remaining acreage 
would be restored and revert to former uses. All of the proposed 
pipeline route parallels existing pipeline, utility, or road rights-of-
way. The modifications at Compressor Stations 12, 14, 15 and 24 would 
occur within the existing station boundaries without the need for 
ground disturbance.
    Based on an initial review of FGT's proposal and public comments 
received during scoping, Commission staff have identified potential 
impacts that deserve attention in the EIS. The Project may affect 
wildlife, invasive species, conservation easements, cultural resources, 
and greenhouse gas emissions.

The NEPA Process and the EIS

    The EIS issued by the Commission will discuss impacts that could 
occur as a result of the construction and operation of the proposed 
Project under the relevant general resource areas:
     Geology and soils;
     water resources and wetlands;
     vegetation and wildlife;
     threatened and endangered species;
     cultural resources;
     land use;
     environmental justice;
     air quality and noise; and
     reliability and safety.
    Commission staff will also make recommendations on how to lessen or 
avoid impacts on the various resource areas. Your comments will help 
Commission staff focus its analysis on the issues that may have a 
significant effect on the human environment.
    The EIS will present Commission staff's independent analysis of the 
issues. Staff will prepare a draft EIS which will be issued for public 
comment. Commission staff will consider all timely comments received 
during the comment period on the draft EIS and revise the document, as 
necessary, before issuing a final EIS. Any draft and final EIS will be 
available in electronic format in the public record through eLibrary 
\3\ and the Commission's natural gas environmental documents web page 
(https://www.ferc.gov/industries-data/natural-gas/environment/environmental-documents). If eSubscribed, you will receive instant 
email notification when the environmental document is issued.
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    \3\ For instructions on connecting to eLibrary, refer to the 
last page of this notice.
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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 initiated section 106 consultation for 
the Project in the notice issued on March 15, 2021, with the applicable 
State Historic Preservation Officer(s), and other government agencies, 
interested Indian tribes, and the public to solicit their views and 
concerns regarding the Project's potential effects on historic 
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continuation of section 106 consultation for the Project. The Project 
EIS will document findings on the impacts on historic properties and 
summarize the status of consultations under section 106.
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    \4\ 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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Alternatives Under Consideration

    The EIS will evaluate reasonable alternatives that are technically 
and economically feasible and meet the purpose and need for the 
proposed action.\5\ Alternatives currently under consideration include:
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     The no-action alternative, meaning the Project is not 
implemented;
     system alternatives evaluating whether the Project purpose 
could be met by use of the existing system facilities; and
     route alternatives.
    With this notice, the Commission requests specific comments 
regarding any additional potential alternatives to the proposed action 
or segments of the proposed action. Please focus your comments on 
reasonable alternatives (including alternative facility sites and 
pipeline routes) that meet the Project objectives, are technically and 
economically feasible, and avoid or lessen environmental impact.

Schedule for Environmental Review

    On February 12, 2021, the Commission issued its Notice of 
Application for the Project. Among other things, that notice alerted 
other agencies issuing federal authorizations of the requirement to 
complete all necessary reviews and to reach a final decision on the 
request for a federal authorization within 90 days of the date of 
issuance of the Commission staff's final EIS for the Project. This 
notice identifies the Commission staff's planned schedule for 
completion of the final EIS for the Project, which is based on an 
issuance of the draft EIS in November 2021.
    Issuance of Notice of Availability of the final EIS: March 11, 
2022.
    90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline: June 9, 2022.
    If a schedule change becomes necessary for the final EIS, an 
additional notice will be provided so that the relevant agencies are 
kept informed of the Project's progress.

Permits and Authorizations

    The table below lists the anticipated permits and authorizations 
for the Project required under federal law. This list may not be all-
inclusive and does not preclude any permit or authorization if it is 
not listed here. Agencies with jurisdiction by law and/or special 
expertise may formally cooperate in the preparation of the Commission's 
EIS and may adopt the EIS to satisfy its NEPA responsibilities related 
to this Project. 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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              Agency                    Permit/approval/consultation
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Federal Energy Regulatory           Certificate of Public Convenience
 Commission.                         and Necessity under Section 7(c) of
                                     the Natural Gas Act.
United States Army Corps of         Section 404 and 408 of the Clean
 Engineers.                          Water Act (CWA) and Section 10 of
                                     the Rivers and Harbor Act--
                                     Authority delegated to the Florida
                                     Department of Environmental
                                     Protection (FDEP) on December 17,
                                     2020.
United States Fish and Wildlife     Consultations under Section 7 of the
 Service.                            Endangered Species Act, the
                                     Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the
                                     Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act.
Florida Department of               Application for Individual and
 Environmental Protection (FDEP).    Conceptual Approval Environmental
                                     Resource Permit (ERP), State 404
                                     Program Permit, and Authorization
                                     to Use State-Owned Submerged Lands.
                                    Section 401 CWA Water Quality
                                     Certification.
FDEP, Florida Coastal Office......  Section 40.061 of the Florida
                                     Administrative Code and Coastal
                                     Zone Consistency Determination--
                                     Included with FDEP ERP/State 404
                                     Application.
FDEP, Division of Water Resource    National Pollutant Discharge
 Management, NPDES Stormwater        Elimination System (NPDES)
 Program.                            Hydrostatic Test Discharge Permit--
                                     Verification of Exemption.
                                    NPDES General Permit, Stormwater
                                     Discharges.
FDEP, Division of Air Resource      Clean Air Act.
 Management.
                                    State Air Construction Permit
                                     Applications for all 4 Compressor
                                     Stations.
                                    Clean Air Act.
                                    Title V Permit Modifications for all
                                     4 Compressor Stations.
Florida Division of Historical      Consultation under Section 106 of
 Resources, State Historic           the National Historic Preservation
 Preservation Officer.               Act.
Florida Fish and Wildlife           Consultations under Chapter 379.2291
 Conservation Commission.            of Florida Statues and Endangered
                                     and Threatened Species Act.
                                    Gopher Tortoise Temporary Exclusion
                                     Permit for Major Linear Utility
                                     Corridors.
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Environmental Mailing List

    This notice is being sent to the Commission's current environmental 
mailing list for the Project which includes federal, state, and local 
government representatives and agencies; elected officials; 
environmental and public interest groups; federally recognized Indian 
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 and includes a mailing address with 
their comments. 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. 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 need to make changes to your name/address, or if you would 
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remove your name from the mailing list, please complete one of the 
following steps:
    (1) Send an email to [email protected] stating your 
request. You must include the docket number CP21-45-000 in your 
request. If you are requesting a change to your address, please be sure 
to include your name and the correct address. If you are requesting to 
delete your address from the mailing list, please include your name and 
address as it appeared on this notice. This email address is unable to 
accept comments.
    or
    (2) 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 (i.e., CP21-45). 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 https://www.ferc.gov/news-events/events along with 
other related information.

    Dated: August 26, 2021.
Debbie-Anne A. Reese,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2021-18896 Filed 8-31-21; 8:45 am]
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