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Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company; Dominion Gas Transmission, Inc.; Notice of Availability of the Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Northeast Supply Diversification and Ellisburg to Craigs Projects

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The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company's (TGP) proposed Northeast Supply Diversification Project (TGP's Project) and Dominion Transmission, Inc.'s (DTI) proposed Ellisburg to Craigs Project (DTI's Project) in the above referenced dockets. TGP and DTI request authorization to construct facilities in Pennsylvania and New York to provide an additional 250,000 dekatherms per day to the northeast region. Because both companies would construct its proposed facilities to provide these additional volumes, we analyzed them jointly in one EA.

The EA assesses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of TGP's and DTI's Project in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FERC staff concludes that approval of the proposed projects, with appropriate mitigating measures, would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets participated as a cooperating agency in the preparation of the EA. Cooperating agencies have jurisdiction by law or special expertise with respect to resources potentially affected by the proposal and participate in the NEPA analysis.

TGP's Project includes the following facilities:

  • Approximately 6.77 miles of 30-inch-diameter loop [1] pipeline in Tioga and Bradford Counties, Pennsylvania including a new pig [2] receiver at existing Compressor Station 317;
  • Modifications at existing Compressor Station 230C in Niagara County, New York; and
  • Modifications to existing meter stations in Erie, Livingston, and Niagara Counties, New York and Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

DTI's Project consists of the following facilities:

  • One new 10,800 horsepower compressor station in Wyoming County, New York;
  • One new meter station in Livingston County, New York;
  • Replacement of approximately 2,800 feet of 8-inch-diameter pipeline with 16-inch-diameter pipeline in Livingston County, New York; and
  • Modifications to three existing meter stations in Livingston County, New York and Potter County, Pennsylvania.

The EA has been placed in the public files of the FERC and is available for public viewing on the FERC's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov using the eLibrary link. 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 government representatives and agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes; potentially affected landowners and other interested individuals and groups; newspapers and libraries in the project area; and parties to this proceeding.

Any person wishing to comment on the EA may do so. Your comments should focus on the potential environmental effects, reasonable alternatives, and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts. The more specific your comments, the more useful Start Printed Page 39865they will be. To ensure that your comments are properly recorded and considered prior to a Commission decision on the proposal, it is important that the FERC receives your comments in Washington, DC on or before August 1, 2011.

For your convenience, there are three methods you can use to submit your comments to the Commission. In all instances, please reference the project docket number (CP11-30-000 or CP11-41-000) with your submission. The Commission encourages electronic filing of comments and has dedicated eFiling expert staff available to assist you at (202) 502-8258 or efiling@ferc.gov.

(1) You may file your comments electronically by using the eComment feature, which is located on the Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov under the link to Documents and Filings. An eComment is an easy method for interested persons to submit brief, text-only comments on a project;

(2) You may file your comments electronically by using the eFiling feature, which is located on the Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov under the link to Documents and Filings. With eFiling you can provide comments in a variety of formats by attaching them as a file with your submission. New eFiling users must first create an account by clicking on “eRegister.” You will be asked to select the type of filing you are making. A comment on a particular project is considered a “Comment on a Filing”; or

(3) You may file a paper copy of your comments at the following address: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426.

Although your comments will be considered by the Commission, simply filing comments 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).[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 comments considered.

Additional information about the project is available from the Commission's Office of External Affairs, at (866) 208-FERC or on the FERC 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 (i.e., CP11-30 or CP11-41). Be sure you have selected an appropriate date range. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FercOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free at (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 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.

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Dated: June 30, 2011.

Kimberly D. Bose,

Secretary.

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Footnotes

1.  A loop is a pipeline that is constructed adjacent to another pipeline, typically in the same right-of-way, for the purpose of increasing capacity in this portion of the system.

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2.  A “pig” is a tool that is inserted into and moves through the pipeline, and is used for cleaning the pipeline, internal inspections, or other purposes.

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3.  Interventions may also be filed electronically via the Internet in lieu of paper. See the previous discussion on filing comments electronically.

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[FR Doc. 2011-17005 Filed 7-6-11; 8:45 am]

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