The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for the construction and operation of natural gas pipeline facilities proposed by Cheniere Creole Trail Pipeline, L.P. (Creole Trail) and referred to as the Segment 1 Amendment Project or Project. The Segment 1 Project is an amendment to the Creole Trail LNG Terminal and Pipeline Project proposed in Docket Nos. CP05-357-000 and CP05-360-000 and approved in an order issued by the Commission on June 15, 2006 (Order).
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.
This EA addresses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the following facilities in Cameron Parish, Louisiana:
- Approximately 18.1 miles of a single, bi-directional, 42-inch-diameter pipeline extending from the end of the approved Cheniere Sabine Pass Pipeline, L.P. (SPP) pipeline in Johnson Bayou to the beginning of the approved Creole Trail pipeline system.
- Associated aboveground facilities, including a Metering and Regulation Facility, a launcher/receiver and mainline valve at Johnson Bayou; a mainline valve at milepost (MP) 8.0; and a mainline valve and launcher/receiver at the end of the pipeline at MP 18.1.
The purpose of the proposed facilities would be to provide access to new, competitively priced liquefied natural gas supplies in response to the growing demand for natural gas in southern Louisiana and throughout the United States. Specifically, the Segment 1 Amendment Project would provide increased access to downstream markets and additional sources of supply for shippers on the approved SPP and Creole Trail pipeline systems.
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. CP05-357-003; and
- Mail your comments so that they will be received in Washington, DC on or before January 26, 2007.
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 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 website (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 Start Printed Page 778amount 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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