Notice of Availability of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Proposed Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership Line 67 Expansion Project and Announcement of a Public Meeting
The U.S. Department of State (Department) announces availability for the public review and comment of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Line 67 Expansion (Draft SEIS). This document analyzes the potential environmental effects of issuing a Presidential Permit authorizing an increase in flow of liquid hydrocarbons through the Line 67 pipeline border segment. The Draft SEIS was prepared consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (42 United States Code [U.S.C.] Section 4321, et seq.), the regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1500-1508), and the Department's NEPA implementing regulations (22 CFR part 161).
Notice of Receipt of TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P.'s Re-Application for a Presidential Permit To Construct, Connect, Operate, and Maintain Pipeline Facilities on the Border of the United States and Canada
TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. (``TransCanada'') applied on May 4, 2012 to the U.S. Department of State (``Department'') for a Presidential Permit that would authorize the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of pipeline facilities on the U.S./Canadian border in Phillips County, Montana for the importation of crude oil. The border facilities would be part of a proposed 875-mile pipeline and related facilities (the Keystone XL project) that is designed to transport up to 830,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Alberta, Canada and the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota and Montana. The pipeline would cross the U.S. border near Morgan, Montana and continue through Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska, where it would connect to existing pipeline facilities near Steele City, Nebraska for onward delivery to Cushing, Oklahoma and the U.S. Gulf Coast Region. On November 6, 2015, the Department announced the Secretary of State's determination under Executive Order 13337 that issuing a Presidential Permit to TransCanada for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline's border facilities would not serve the national interest, and denied the Permit application. On January 24, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum (the ``Presidential Memorandum'') on the Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline which, inter alia, invited TransCanada ``to re-submit its application to the Department of State for a Presidential permit for the construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline. . . .'' The Presidential Memorandum is reproduced in its entirety at the end of this notice. The Department has received a re-submitted application from TransCanada and will conduct a review of the application in accordance with the Presidential Memorandum and any other applicable requirements. On February 5, 2014, the Department invited members of the public to comment on any factor they deem relevant to the national interest determination that will be made for the Keystone XL project application (79 FR 6984) and it is not inviting further public comment at this time. Background information related to the application, including a copy of TransCanada's re-submitted application may be found at http:// www.keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov.