[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 51 (Friday, March 15, 2013)]
[Pages 16565-16567]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-06039]



[Public Notice 8237]

Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact 
Statement (SEIS) and To Conduct Scoping and To Initiate Consultation 
consistent With the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and 
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) for the 
Proposed Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership, Line 67 Capacity 
Expansion Project

SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to inform the public that the 
Department of State (the Department) will be preparing a Supplemental 
Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Enbridge Energy, 
Limited Partnership, Line 67 Capacity Expansion Project. Under E.O. 
13337, the Secretary of State is authorized to issue Presidential 
Permits for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance at 
the borders of the United States, of facilities for the exportation or 
importation of liquid petroleum, petroleum products, or other non-
gaseous fuels to or from a foreign country.
    Enbridge Energy (Enbridge) has applied to the Department for an 
amendment to their current Presidential Permit authorizing it to 
operate at a higher capacity the existing crude oil pipeline (known as 
``Line 67''). To approve the amendment, the Department of State must 
find that issuance would serve the national interest. In the course of 
processing such applications, the Department consults extensively with 
concerned Federal and State agencies, and invites public comment in 
arriving at its determination.
    The Department issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) 
on June 5, 2009, as part of its review of the initial Presidential 
Permit application for Line 67. On August 3, 2009, the Department 
issued a Presidential Permit authorizing the construction, operation 
and maintenance of facilities at the U.S.-Canada border for Line 67 
(known at the time of permit issuance as the ``Alberta Clipper'' 
pipeline). Enbridge completed construction of Line 67 in 2010

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pursuant to the original Presidential Permit issued by the Department. 
Line 67 is currently fully operational, transporting 450,000 to 500,000 
barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil across the border from the Western 
Canadian Sedimentary Basin to Enbridge's terminal located in Superior, 
Wisconsin. From there, the material is shipped to various markets in 
the United States and Canada.
    Enbridge is now proposing to expand the volume transported across 
the border in the Line 67 Pipeline in order to help address current and 
future demand by U.S. and Canada refineries for supplies of heavy crude 
oil from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) (``the Enbridge 
Energy, Line 67 Expansion Project'').
    The Department has determined that before determining whether to 
authorize the proposed higher capacity operation of Line 67 at the U.S. 
border, it will conduct an environmental review of the Project 
consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (``NEPA''). The 
Department will evaluate the impacts associated with operating Line 67 
at its full design capacity of 880,000 bpd.
    The purpose of this Notice of Intent (NOI) is to inform the public 
about the proposed action, announce plans for scoping opportunities, 
invite public participation in the scoping process, and solicit public 
comments for consideration in establishing the scope and content of the 


Project Description

    The proposed Project is an international project designed to 
increase transport of crude oil from Enbridge's facilities in Hardisty, 
Alberta to an Enbridge terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. In the United 
States, Line 67 extends 326.9 miles from the U.S.-Canada border near 
Neche, North Dakota through North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin to 
the Superior Terminal. From there, the crude is transported by pipeline 
to primarily Midwestern markets and mid-central and Gulf Coast markets, 
as well as points in the Eastern United States and Canada. 
Specifically, Enbridge proposes to expand capacity of the Line 67 
Pipeline to 570,000 bpd, and seeks authority to operate the U.S. border 
facilities at the full design capacity of 880,000 bpd in the event of 
further expansion in the future.
    Enbridge proposes to increase the capacity up to 570,000 bpd by 
adding horsepower to existing pumping units inside of the current 
footprint of Enbridge's Viking, Clearbrook, and Deer River pump 
stations in Minnesota. Enbridge applied to the Minnesota Public 
Utilities Commission (MPUC) on October 8, 2012 to add additional 
horsepower to these pumping stations. Enbridge further seeks authority 
to increase the capacity from 570,000 bpd to the full design capacity 
of 880,000 bpd at a point in the future by constructing additional 
pumping units at Enbridge's pump stations in Minnesota. The footprint 
of Enbridge's pump stations will be modified as a result of such 
construction. Prior to constructing these additional pump units at some 
point in the future, Enbridge will file an additional application with 
the MPUC.
    Enbridge is also planning to construct two new storage tanks inside 
of the footprint of Enbridge's Superior terminal in Wisconsin. Enbridge 
will apply to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (``Corps'') for a permit 
to construct the tanks as there may be wetland impacts associated with 
the construction and operation of the new tanks. Enbridge must also 
seek approval from Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to 
construct the additional two tanks.

The SEIS Process

    The Department, consistent with NEPA, will take into account the 
environmental impacts that could result from the approval of a 
Presidential Permit authorizing construction, operation, and 
maintenance of pipeline facilities for the transport of crude oil 
located at the international border of the United States and Canada. 
The Department will use the SEIS to assess the environmental impacts 
that could result if Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership is granted a 
Presidential permit to operate the U.S. border facilities at the higher 
capacities anticipated with the proposed Line 67 Capacity Expansion 
Project. The SEIS will supplement the FEIS of June 5, 2009, by 
including information and analysis about potential impacts associated 
with the proposed increased volume of crude oil, as well as any other 
subjects that may need to be updated because there exist significant 
new circumstances or information relevant to environmental concerns 
bearing on the proposed action or its impacts. The Department has 
selected ICF International as a Third-Party Contractor to help prepare 
the SEIS. The SEIS will be prepared under the direction of the 
Department and will be reviewed by the cooperating agencies.
    In the SEIS, the Department will discuss impacts that could occur 
as a result of the construction and operation of the revised proposed 
project under these general headings:
     Geology and soils;
     Water resources;
     Fish, wildlife, and vegetation;
     Threatened and endangered species;
     Cultural resources;
     Land use, recreation and special interest areas;
     Visual resources;
     Air quality and noise;
     Environmental Justice; and,
     Reliability and safety.
    In the SEIS, the Department will also evaluate reasonable 
alternatives, including a ``no action alternative,'' to the proposed 
project or portions of the project and make recommendations on how to 
lessen or avoid impacts on affected resources.
    The Department's independent analysis of the issues will be 
included in a draft SEIS. The draft SEIS will be published and mailed 
to relevant Federal, State, and local government agencies, elected 
officials, environmental and public interest groups, Indian tribes, 
affected landowners, commenters, local libraries, newspapers, and other 
interested parties. You are encouraged to become involved in this 
process and provide your specific comments or concerns about the 
proposed project. By becoming a commenter, your concerns will be 
considered by the Department and addressed appropriately in the SEIS.
    The Department will consider all timely comments on the draft SEIS 
and revise the document, as necessary, before issuing a final SEIS.
    Issued in Washington, DC on March 11, 2013:

DATES: The Department invites interested agencies, organizations, and 
members of the public to submit comments or suggestions to assist in 
identifying significant environmental issues, measures that might be 
adopted to reduce environmental impacts, and in determining the 
appropriate scope of the SEIS. The public scoping period starts with 
the publication of this Notice in the Federal Register on March 14, 
2013 and will continue until April 29, 2013. Written, electronic, and 
oral comments will be given equal weight and State will consider all 
comments received or postmarked by, April 29, 2013 in defining the 
scope of the SEIS. Comments received or postmarked after that date may 
be considered to the extent practicable.
    Public scoping opportunities are designed to provide opportunities 

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offer comments on the proposed project. Interested individuals and 
groups are encouraged to present comments on the environmental issues 
they believe should be addressed in the SEIS consistent with NEPA and 
its implementing regulations.
    During this public scoping period, the Department also plans to use 
the scoping process to help identify consulting parties and historic 
preservation issues for consideration consistent with Section 106 of 
the NHPA and its implementing regulations (36 CFR Part 800).

ADDRESSES: Written comments or suggestions on the scope of the SEIS 
should be addressed to: Genevieve Walker, OES/EQT Room 2726, U.S. 
Department of State, Washington, DC 20520. Comments may be submitted 
electronically to [email protected]. Public comments may 
be posted on the Web site identified below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the proposed 
project or to receive a copy of the draft SEIS when it is issued, 
contact Genevieve Walker at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section 
of this notice by electronic or regular mail as listed above, or by 
telephone (202) 647-9798 or by fax at (202) 647-5947.
    Project details and environmental information on the Enbridge 
Energy, Limited Partnership application for a Presidential Permit, as 
well as the Presidential Permit process, are downloadable from the 
following Web site: http://www.state.gov/e/enr/applicant/applicants/index.htm.

    Dated: March 11, 2013.
George N. Sibley,
Director, Office of Environmental Quality and Transboundary Issues, 
Department of State.
[FR Doc. 2013-06039 Filed 3-14-13; 8:45 am]