The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared this environmental assessment (EA) on the natural gas storage facilities proposed by Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation (Columbia) in the above-referenced docket. Columbia's proposal (the Ohio Storage Expansion Project) would add additional storage and transmission capabilities to its existing Crawford (Fairfield and Hocking Counties, Ohio) Start Printed Page 66236and Weaver Storage Fields (Ashland and Holmes Counties, Ohio).
The EA was prepared to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. 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 the proposed Ohio Storage Expansion Project. The purpose of the project is to provide an additional 103,400 dekatherms per day of storage deliverability for service in the eastern United States and to increase storage capacity at these fields by 6.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas.
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.
Copies of the EA have been mailed to federal, state, and local agencies; newspapers and libraries in the project area; parties to this proceeding; and those who have expressed an interest in this project by returning the Mailing List Form attached to the February 22, 2008 Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Ohio Storage Expansion Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues.
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 as specified below. Please carefully follow these instructions below to ensure that your comments are received in time and properly recorded.
- Send an original and two copies of your comments to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426;
- Label one copy of the comments for the attention of Gas Branch 1, PJ-11.1;
- Reference Docket No. CP08-431-000; and
- Mail your comments so that they will be received in Washington, DC on or before December 1, 2008.
The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing of any comments. See Title 18 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's Internet Web site at http://www.ferc.gov under the link to “Documents and Filings” and “e-Filing.” eFiling is a file attachment process and requires that you prepare your submission in the same manner as you would if filing on paper, and save it to a file on your hard drive. New eFiling users must first create an account by clicking on “Sign up” or “eRegister.” You will be asked to select the type of filing you are making. This filing is considered a “Comment on Filing.” In addition, there is a “Quick Comment” option available, which is an easy method for interested persons to submit text only comments on the project. The Quick-Comment User Guide can be viewed at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling/quick-comment-guide.pdf. Quick Comment does not require a FERC eRegistration account: However, you will be asked to provide a valid e-mail address. All comments submitted under either eFiling or the Quick Comment option are placed in the public record for the specified docket or project number(s).
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 decisions. Anyone may intervene in this proceeding based on this EA. You must file your request to intervene as specified above. 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 exluding the last three digits in the docket number field (i.e., CP08-431). 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 on the FERC Internet Web site also provides access to the texts of formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rulemakings.
In addition, the Commission 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 notifications of these filings, document summaries, and direct links to the documents. Go to the eSubscription link on the FERC Internet Web site for more information or to subscribe to this service.Start Signature
Kimberly D. Bose,
1. Interventions may also be filed electronically via the Internet in lieu of paper. See the previous discussion of filing comments electronically.Back to Citation
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