The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) on the natural gas facilities proposed by Trunkline LNG Company, LLC (Trunkline LNG) in the above-referenced docket.
The EA was prepared to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. The staff concludes that approval of the proposed project, with appropriate mitigating measures, would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.
The EA assesses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of Ambient Air Vaporization (AAV) facilities at its existing liquefied natural gas import terminal in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. These facilities would consist of system that uses ambient heat in the air to reduce the use of fuel gas in the vaporization of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Additionally, Trunkline LNG would add natural gas liquids (NGL) processing facilities for LNG conditioning and British thermal unit (Btu) control. The facilities would include the following:
- 64 Potassium Formate (KF)-Air heaters (64 forced convection, three-fan air exchangers, 17.9 million Btu per hour (MMBtu/hr)/Air Heater;
- Four KF-LNG Vaporizers (525 million standard cubic feet per day [MMscf/d]);
- One NGL Recovery Unit, sized for a maximum capacity of 1,050 MMscf/d;
- 1,160 feet of 12-inch-diameter ethane product piping;
- 1,160 feet of 12-inch-diameter propane product piping;
- Two propylene glycol heaters (150 MMBtu/hr each);
- Glycol storage and circulation System;
- Two electrical switchgear buildings;
- One remote instrumentation building, designed as Equipment Room 2; and
- Foam Building No. 4.
The EA also discusses facilities planned by British Gas (BG), and Entergy Louisiana which are considered nonjurisdictional facilities to the FERC. These facilities include the expansion of the existing electric substation, a meter station, and the construction of two 16.4 mile-long (each) take away NGL product pipelines; an NGL processing facility consisting of a metering station and a depropanizer/truck terminal facility; and an underground storage cavern. BG has contracted PetoLogistics, LLC to design, permit, and operate the meter station and take away pipelines. The pipelines would consist of a 12-inch-diameter ethane (approximately 1,800 gallons per minute [gpm]) pipeline and an 8-inch-diameter propane (approximately 1,250 gpm) pipeline. The pipelines would be constructed from the meter station to PetroLogistics' storage facility in Sulfur, Louisiana.
The EA has been placed in the public files of the FERC. A limited number of copies of the EA are available for distribution and public inspection at: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Public Reference Room, 888 First Street, NE., Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426, (202) 502-8371.
Copies of the EA have been mailed to Federal, State and local agencies, public interest groups, interested individuals, newspapers, and parties to this proceeding.
Any person wishing to comment on the EA may do so. To ensure consideration prior to a Commission decision on the proposal, it is important that we receive your comments before the date specified below. 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 comments to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First St., NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426;
- Label one copy of the comments for the attention of the Gas Branch 2, PJ11.2.
- Reference Docket No. CP06-102-000; and
- Mail your comments so that they will be received in Washington, DC on or before December 13, 2006.
Please note 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://Start Printed Page 67555www.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 by clicking on “Sign-up.”
Comments will be considered by the Commission but will not serve to make the commentor a party to the proceeding. Any person seeking to become a party to the proceeding must file a motion to intervene pursuant to Rule 214 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedures (18 CFR 385.214). 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 comments considered.
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. The eLibrary link also provides access to the texts of formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rulemakings.
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.Start Signature
Magalie R. Salas,
1. Interventions may also be filed electronically via the Internet in lieu of paper. See the previous discussion on filing comments electronically.Back to Citation
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