LA Storage, LLC; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Hackberry Storage Project, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Schedule for Environmental Review, 49321-49323 [2021-18967]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 168 / Thursday, September 2, 2021 / Notices Dated: August 27, 2021. Debbie-Anne A. Reese, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–18999 Filed 9–1–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP21–44–000] lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 LA Storage, LLC; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Hackberry Storage 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 Hackberry Storage Project (Project) involving construction and operation of facilities by LA Storage, LLC (LA Storage) in Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes, Louisiana. The Commission will use the EIS in its decision-making process to determine whether LA Storage’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 October 20, 2020, in Docket No. PF20– 5–000, the Commission opened a scoping period during LA Storage’s planning process for the Project and prior to filing a formal application with the Commission, a process referred to as ‘‘pre-filing.’’ LA Storage 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 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:33 Sep 01, 2021 Jkt 253001 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 26, 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 November 19, 2020; 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 considered during the preparation of the EIS. Therefore, if you submitted comments on this Project to the Commission during the pre-filing process in Docket No. PF20–5–000 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 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. LA Storage 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 PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49321 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 (3) You can file a paper copy of your comments by mailing them to the Commission. Be sure to reference the project docket number (CP21–44–000) 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 The Project would involve the conversion of three existing salt dome caverns to natural gas storage service and the development of one new salt dome cavern for additional natural gas storage service, all within a permanent natural gas storage facility on a 160-acre tract of land owned by LA Storage. In addition to the storage caverns, LA Storage would construct and operate onsite compression facilities (Pelican Compressor Station) and up to six solution mining water supply wells at the storage facility on LA Storage’s property; the Hackberry Pipeline, consisting of approximately 11.1 miles of 42-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline connecting the certificated Port Arthur E:\FR\FM\02SEN1.SGM 02SEN1 49322 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 168 / Thursday, September 2, 2021 / Notices Pipeline Louisiana Connector (PAPLC) pipeline (CP18–7) to the natural gas storage caverns; the Cameron Interstate Pipeline (CIP) Lateral, an approximately 4.9-mile-long, 42-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline extending from the existing CIP to the planned natural gas storage caverns; metering and regulating at the CIP and PAPLC interconnects; and an approximately 6.2-mile-long, 16-inchdiameter brine disposal pipeline that would transport brine from the caverns to four saltwater disposal wells located on two pads north of the facility. The general location of the project facilities is shown in appendix 1.1 Construction of the planned facilities would disturb about 441 acres of land. Following construction, LA Storage would maintain about 267 acres for permanent operation of the project’s facilities; the remaining acreage would be restored and revert to former uses. The Hackberry Pipeline, CIP Lateral, and brine disposal pipeline would be collocated for 4.7 miles. Based on an initial review of LA Storage’s proposal and public comments received during the pre-filing process, Commission staff have identified several expected impacts that deserve attention in the EIS. These include: Project impacts on wetlands and other fish and wildlife resources; impacts on water and air quality; safety of salt domes and brine injection; greenhouse gas emissions; and climate change. The NEPA Process and the EIS lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 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; • socioeconomics; • land use; • greenhouse gas and climate; • air quality and noise; and • reliability and safety. Commission staff will also make recommendations on how to lessen or 1 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:07 Sep 01, 2021 Jkt 253001 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 2 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. 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.3 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) that meet the Project objectives, are technically and economically feasible, and avoid or lessen environmental impact. 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 October 20, 2020, with the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office, 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 2 For instructions on connecting to eLibrary, refer to the last page of this notice. 3 40 CFR 1508.1(z). 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. PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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. Schedule for Environmental Review On February 10, 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 a final EIS for the Project, which is based on an issuance of the draft EIS in December 2021. Issuance of Notice of Availability of the final EIS: April 8, 2022 90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline 5: July 7, 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 Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 Discharges to Waters of the United States. Agency U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 5 The Commission’s deadline applies to the decisions of other federal agencies, and state agencies acting under federally delegated authority, that are responsible for federal authorizations, permits, and other approvals necessary for proposed projects under the Natural Gas Act. Per 18 CFR 157.22(a), the Commission’s deadline for other agency’s decisions applies unless a schedule is otherwise established by federal law. E:\FR\FM\02SEN1.SGM 02SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 168 / Thursday, September 2, 2021 / Notices Permit Agency Coastal Use Permit ... Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. Clean Air Act Title V Air Permit. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 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; local libraries; newspapers; elected officials; Native American Tribes; and other interested parties. 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 like to 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 CP21–44–000 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, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:33 Sep 01, 2021 Jkt 253001 click on ‘‘General Search’’ and enter the docket number in the ‘‘Docket Number’’ field (i.e., CP21–44–000). 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 27, 2021. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–18967 Filed 9–1–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Combined Notice of Filings Take notice that the Commission has received the following Natural Gas Pipeline Rate and Refund Report filings: Filings Instituting Proceedings Docket Numbers: PR21–61–000. Applicants: Whistler Pipeline LLC. Description: Submits tariff filing per 284.123(b),(e)/: Baseline Refile to be effective 8/1/2021. Filed Date: 8/26/2021. Accession Number: 20210826–5092. Comment Date/Protest Due: 5 p.m. 9/16/21. Docket Numbers: RP21–1050–000. Applicants: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC. Description: Compliance filing: Rate Schedule S–2 OFO Penalty Flow Through Refund to be effective N/A. Filed Date: 8/26/21. Accession Number: 20210826–5021. Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 9/7/21. Docket Numbers: RP21–1051–000. Applicants: Kern River Gas Transmission Company. Description: § 4(d) Rate Filing: 2021 Desert Peak Delivery Meter to be effective 10/1/2021. Filed Date: 8/26/21. Accession Number: 20210826–5070. Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 9/7/21. Docket Numbers: RP21–1052–000. Applicants: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC. Description: § 4(d) Rate Filing: Negotiated Rates—FTNP—Northeast PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49323 Energy Associates to be effective 9/1/ 2021. Filed Date: 8/26/21. Accession Number: 20210826–5098. Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 9/7/21. Docket Numbers: RP21–1053–000. Applicants: Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC. Description: Compliance filing: CGT Cashout Report 2021 to be effective N/A. Filed Date: 8/27/21. Accession Number: 20210827–5056. Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 9/8/21. Docket Numbers: RP21–1054–000. Applicants: Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. Description: § 4(d) Rate Filing: Volume No. 2—EQT Energy, LLC SP369939 to be effective 9/1/2021. Filed Date: 8/27/21. Accession Number: 20210827–5057. Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 9/8/21. The filings are accessible in the Commission’s eLibrary system (https:// elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/search/ fercgensearch.asp) by querying the docket number. Any person desiring to protest in any the above proceedings must file in accordance with Rule 211 of the Commission’s Regulations (18 CFR 385.211) on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on the specified comment date. eFiling is encouraged. More detailed information relating to filing requirements, interventions, protests, service, and qualifying facilities filings can be found at: http://www.ferc.gov/ docs-filing/efiling/filing-req.pdf. For other information, call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Dated: August 27, 2021. Debbie-Anne A. Reese, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–18996 Filed 9–1–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 9648–019] One Hundred River Street, LLC; Notice of Intent To File License Application, Filing of Pre-Application Document, and Approving Use of the Traditional Licensing Process a. Type of Filing: Notice of Intent to File License Application and Request to Use the Traditional Licensing Process. b. Project No.: 9648–019. c. Date Filed: June 30, 2021. d. Submitted By: One Hundred River Street, LLC (One Hundred River). E:\FR\FM\02SEN1.SGM 02SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 168 (Thursday, September 2, 2021)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP21-44-000]


LA Storage, LLC; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental 
Impact Statement for the Proposed Hackberry Storage 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 Hackberry Storage Project 
(Project) involving construction and operation of facilities by LA 
Storage, LLC (LA Storage) in Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes, Louisiana. 
The Commission will use the EIS in its decision-making process to 
determine whether LA Storage'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 October 20, 2020, in Docket No. 
PF20-5-000, the Commission opened a scoping period during LA Storage's 
planning process for the Project and prior to filing a formal 
application with the Commission, a process referred to as ``pre-
filing.'' LA Storage 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 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 26, 2021. Further details on how to 
submit comments are provided in the Public Participation section of 
this notice.
    As mentioned above, during the pre-filing process, the Commission 
opened a scoping period which expired on November 19, 2020; 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 considered during the preparation of the EIS. 
Therefore, if you submitted comments on this Project to the Commission 
during the pre-filing process in Docket No. PF20-5-000 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 
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.
    LA Storage 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 
[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 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
    (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-
44-000) 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

    The Project would involve the conversion of three existing salt 
dome caverns to natural gas storage service and the development of one 
new salt dome cavern for additional natural gas storage service, all 
within a permanent natural gas storage facility on a 160-acre tract of 
land owned by LA Storage. In addition to the storage caverns, LA 
Storage would construct and operate on-site compression facilities 
(Pelican Compressor Station) and up to six solution mining water supply 
wells at the storage facility on LA Storage's property; the Hackberry 
Pipeline, consisting of approximately 11.1 miles of 42-inch-diameter 
natural gas pipeline connecting the certificated Port Arthur

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Pipeline Louisiana Connector (PAPLC) pipeline (CP18-7) to the natural 
gas storage caverns; the Cameron Interstate Pipeline (CIP) Lateral, an 
approximately 4.9-mile-long, 42-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline 
extending from the existing CIP to the planned natural gas storage 
caverns; metering and regulating at the CIP and PAPLC interconnects; 
and an approximately 6.2-mile-long, 16-inch-diameter brine disposal 
pipeline that would transport brine from the caverns to four saltwater 
disposal wells located on two pads north of the facility.
    The general location of the project facilities is shown in appendix 
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    \1\ 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 planned facilities would disturb about 441 
acres of land. Following construction, LA Storage would maintain about 
267 acres for permanent operation of the project's facilities; the 
remaining acreage would be restored and revert to former uses. The 
Hackberry Pipeline, CIP Lateral, and brine disposal pipeline would be 
collocated for 4.7 miles.
    Based on an initial review of LA Storage's proposal and public 
comments received during the pre-filing process, Commission staff have 
identified several expected impacts that deserve attention in the EIS. 
These include: Project impacts on wetlands and other fish and wildlife 
resources; impacts on water and air quality; safety of salt domes and 
brine injection; greenhouse gas emissions; and climate change.

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;
     socioeconomics;
     land use;
     greenhouse gas and climate;
     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 
\2\ 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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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.\3\
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    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) that 
meet the Project objectives, are technically and economically feasible, 
and avoid or lessen environmental impact.

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 October 20, 2020, with the 
Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office, 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 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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Schedule for Environmental Review

    On February 10, 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 a final EIS for the Project, which is based on an 
issuance of the draft EIS in December 2021.

Issuance of Notice of Availability of the final EIS: April 8, 2022
90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline \5\: July 7, 2022
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    \5\ The Commission's deadline applies to the decisions of other 
federal agencies, and state agencies acting under federally 
delegated authority, that are responsible for federal 
authorizations, permits, and other approvals necessary for proposed 
projects under the Natural Gas Act. Per 18 CFR 157.22(a), the 
Commission's deadline for other agency's decisions applies unless a 
schedule is otherwise established by federal law.

    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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                  Permit                               Agency
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Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404           U.S. Army Corps of
 Discharges to Waters of the United States.  Engineers.

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Coastal Use Permit........................  Louisiana Department of
                                             Natural Resources.
Clean Air Act Title V Air Permit..........  Louisiana Department of
                                             Environmental Quality.
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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; local libraries; newspapers; 
elected officials; Native American Tribes; and other interested 
parties. 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 
like to 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 CP21-44-000 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., CP21-44-000). 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 27, 2021.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2021-18967 Filed 9-1-21; 8:45 am]
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