The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for the Texas Eastern Appalachia to Market 2012 Expansion Project (Project) as proposed by Texas Eastern Transmission, LP (Texas Eastern) in the above referenced dockets. Texas Eastern proposes to install and operate approximately 17.3 miles of 36-inch-diameter natural gas transmission pipeline and associated aboveground facilities in Greene, Fayette, Franklin, Adams and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania. Texas Eastern also proposes to abandon approximately 11.3 miles of 24-inch-diameter natural gas transmission pipeline in Franklin and Adams Counties, Pennsylvania. Additionally, Texas Eastern proposes to increase the amount of compression at its Bedford Compressor Station located in Bedford County, Pennsylvania by 20,720 horsepower (hp).
The EA assesses the potential impacts on the environment resulting from construction and operation of the proposed Project in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). As described in the EA, the FERC staff has concluded that approval of the proposed Project, with the implementation of appropriate mitigating measures, would not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.
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. 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; 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 impacts on the environment, reasonable alternatives, and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts. The more specific your comments, the more useful they will be. To ensure that your comments are properly recorded and considered prior to a Commission decision on the proposal, it is important that we receive your comments in Washington, DC on or before September 26, 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 (CP11-67-000) with your submission. The Commission encourages the electronic filing of comments (eFiling) and has dedicated expert staff to assist you by phone at (202) 502-8258 or by electronic mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(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 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). Only intervenors have the Start Printed Page 54762right 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, which can be reached by phone at (866) 208-FERC or on the FERC Web site (http://www.ferc.gov). Following the eLibrary link, click on “General Search” and enter the docket number CP11-67 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 by phone 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.Start Signature
Dated: August 26, 2011.
Kimberly D. Bose,
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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