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Florida Gas Transmission Company; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Turkey Point Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues

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Start Preamble March 8, 2005.

The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) that will discuss the environmental impacts of the Turkey Point Project involving abandonment, construction and operation of facilities by Florida Gas Transmission (FGT) in Miami-Dade County, Florida. These facilities would consist of the construction and operation of a new 17,000 horsepower Compressor Station, and the installation of a 24-inch Tee and Side Valve on the existing FGT lateral on the grounds of the Turkey Point Power Plant owned by Florida Power and Light (FPL). The EA will be used by the Commission in its decisionmaking process to determine whether the project is in the public convenience and necessity.

Summary of the Proposed Project

FGT is requesting authorization to abandon facilities and to construct, own, and operate facilities consisting of a new 17,000 horsepower (hp) electric Compressor Station No. 22 (CS 22) and appurtenant facilities located in Miami-Dade County, Florida, on the existing FGT 24-inch Turkey Point Lateral within the existing Turkey Point Power Plant owned by FPL. Specifically, FGT plans to:

  • Construct a 1,600-foot extension of the existing 18-inch mainline at approximate milepost (MP) 907.7 to the proposed Compressor Station 22, and back to the 18-inch mainline tie in;
  • Abandon approximately 50 feet of the existing 18-inch mainline at MP 907.7 near the intersection of NW., 72nd Avenue (Milam Dairy Road) and NW., 64th Street;Start Printed Page 12677
  • Construct Compressor Station 22 with two 8,500 hp electric driven compressors designed for unmanned operation on the existing FGT 18-inch mainline located in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida on FPL-owned property located northeast of the intersection of NW., 72nd Avenue (Milam Dairy Rd) and NW., 64th Street;
  • Install a motor control center, gas after-cooling, an oily water storage tank, facility blowdown, a pipeline liquids storage tank, at the fully fenced Compressor Station 22; and
  • Install a new 24-inch Tee and Side Valve on the existing FGT 24-inch Turkey Point Lateral at FPL's new 24-inch lateral to the FGT system.

The location of the proposed site is shown in Appendix 1.[1]

Land Requirements for Construction

Construction of the proposed facilities would require about 14.68 acres of land. Following construction, about 6.86 acres would be maintained as new aboveground facility sites and pipeline right-of-way. The remaining 0.92 acre of land would be restored and allowed to revert to its former use.

The EA Process

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires the Commission to take into account the environmental impacts that could result from an action whenever it considers the issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. NEPA also requires us to discover and address concerns the public may have about proposals. This process is referred to as “scoping.” The main goal of the scoping process is to focus the analysis in the EA on the important environmental issues. By this Notice of Intent, the Commission staff requests public comments on the scope of the issues to address in the EA. All comments received are considered during the preparation of the EA. State and local government representatives are encouraged to notify their constituents of this proposed action and encourage them to comment on their areas of concern.

Our independent analysis of the issues will be in the EA. Depending on the comments received during the scoping process, the EA may be published and mailed to Federal, state and local agencies, public interest groups, interested individuals, affected landowners, newspapers, libraries, and the Commission's official service list for this proceeding. A comment period will be allotted for review if the EA is published. We will consider all comments on the EA before we make our recommendations to the Commission.

In the EA we [2] will discuss impacts that could occur as a result of the construction and operation of the proposed project under these general headings:

  • Geology and soils
  • Land use
  • Water resources, fisheries, and wetlands
  • Cultural resources
  • Vegetation and wildlife
  • Air quality and noise
  • Endangered and threatened species
  • Reliability and safety

We will also evaluate reasonable alternatives to the proposed project or portions of the project, and make recommendations on how to lessen or avoid impacts on the various resource areas.

To ensure your comments are considered, please carefully follow the instructions in the public participation section below.

Public Participation

You can make a difference by providing us with your specific comments or concerns about the project. By becoming a commentor, your concerns will be addressed in the EA and considered by the Commission. You should focus on the potential environmental effects of the proposal, alternatives to the proposal (including alternative locations and routes), and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impact. The more specific your comments, the more useful they will be. Please carefully follow these instructions to ensure that your comments are received in time and properly recorded:

  • Send an original and two copies of your letter to: Magalie R. Salas, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First St., NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426.
  • Label one copy of the comments for the attention of Gas Branch 3.
  • Reference Docket No. CP05-64-000.
  • Mail your comments so that they will be received in Washington, DC on or before April 8, 2005.

Please note that we are continuing to experience delays in mail deliveries from the U.S. Postal Service. As a result, we will include all comments that we receive within a reasonable time frame in our environmental analysis of this project. However, the Commission strongly encourages electronic filing of any comments or interventions or protests to this proceeding. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov under the “e-Filing” link and the link to the User's Guide. Before you can file comments you will need to create a free account which can be created on-line.

We might mail the EA for comment. If you are interested in receiving it, please return the Information Request (Appendix 4). If you do not return the Information Request, you will be taken off the mailing list.

Becoming an Intervenor

In addition to involvement in the EA scoping process, you may want to become an official party to the proceeding known as an “intervenor.” Intervenors play a more formal role in the process. Among other things, intervenors have the right to receive copies of case-related Commission documents and filings by other intervenors. Likewise, each intervenor must send one electronic copy (using the Commission's eFiling system) or 14 paper copies of its filings to the Secretary of the Commission and must send a copy of its filings to all other parties on the Commission's service list for this proceeding. If you want to become an intervenor you must file a motion to intervene according to Rule 214 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.214) (see Appendix 2).[3] Only intervenors have the right to seek rehearing of the Commission's decision.

Affected landowners and parties with environmental concerns may be granted intervenor status upon showing good cause by stating that they have a clear and direct interest in this proceeding which would not be adequately represented by any other parties. You do not need intervenor status to have your environmental comments considered.

Environmental Mailing List

An effort is being made to send this notice to all individuals, organizations, and government entities interested in and/or potentially affected by the proposed project. This includes all landowners who are potential right-of-Start Printed Page 12678way grantors, whose property may be used temporarily for project purposes, or who own homes within distances defined in the Commission's regulations of certain aboveground facilities. By this notice we are also asking governmental agencies, especially those in Appendix 3, to express their interest in becoming cooperating agencies for the preparation of the EA.

Additional Information

Additional information about the project is available from the Commission's Office of External Affairs, at 1-866-208-FERC or on the FERC Internet Web site (http://www.ferc.gov) using the eLibrary link. Click on the eLibrary link, click on “General Search” and enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the Docket Number field. Be sure you have selected an appropriate date range. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free at 1-866-208-3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502-8659.

In addition, the Commission now offers a free service called eSubscription which allows you to keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets. This can reduce the amount of time you spend researching proceedings by automatically providing you with notification of these filings, document summaries and direct links to the documents. Go to http://www.ferc.gov/​esubscribenow.htm.

Finally, public meetings or site visits will be posted on the Commission's calendar located at http://www.ferc.gov/​EventCalendar/​EventsList.aspx along with other related information.

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Linda Mitry,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

1.  The appendices referenced in this notice are not being printed in the Federal Register. Copies of all appendices, other than Appendix 1 (maps), are available on the Commission's Web site at the “eLibrary” link or from the Commission's Public Reference Room, 888 First Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20426, or call (202) 502-8371. For instructions on connecting to eLibrary refer to the last page of this notice. Copies of the appendices were sent to all those receiving this notice in the mail.

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2.  “We”, “us”, and “our” refer to the environmental staff of the Office of Energy Projects (OEP).

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3.   Interventions may also be filed electronically. See previous discussion on electronic filing.

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[FR Doc. E5-1084 Filed 3-14-05; 8:45 am]

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