[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 211 (Friday, October 31, 2014)]
[Pages 64765-64766]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-25896]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket Nos. CP13-499-000; CP13-502-000]

Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC; Iroquois Gas Transmission 
System, LP; Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Proposed Constitution Pipeline and Wright 
Interconnect Projects

    The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or 
Commission) has prepared a final environmental impact statement (EIS) 
for the Constitution Pipeline and Wright Interconnect Projects, 
proposed by Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC (Constitution) and 
Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P. (Iroquois) in the above-
referenced dockets. Constitution and Iroquois request authorization to 
construct and operate certain interstate natural gas pipeline 
facilities in Pennsylvania and New York to deliver up to 650,000 
dekatherms per day of natural gas supply to markets in New York and New 
    The final EIS assesses the potential environmental effects of the 
construction and operation of the Constitution Pipeline and Wright 
Interconnect Projects in accordance with the requirements of the 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FERC staff concludes that 
approval of the proposed projects, would have some adverse 
environmental impacts; however, these impacts would be reduced to less-
than-significant levels with the implementation of Constitution's and 
Iroquois' proposed mitigation and the additional measures recommended 
by staff in the final EIS.
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers, the Federal Highway Administration, and the New York State 
Department of Agriculture and Markets participated as cooperating 
agencies in the preparation of the EIS. Cooperating agencies have 
jurisdiction by law or special expertise with respect to resources 
potentially affected by the proposal and participate in the NEPA 
analysis. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would adopt the final EIS 
if, after an independent review of the document, it concludes that its 
comments and suggestions have been satisfied.
    The final EIS addresses the potential environmental effects of the 
construction and operation of the facilities in Susquehanna County, 
Pennsylvania and Broome, Chenango,

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Otsego, Delaware, and Schoharie Counties, New York. Constitution's 
project involves 124.4 miles of new 30-inch-diameter natural gas 
pipeline and appurtenant facilities that include two new meter 
stations, two pipe interconnections, ten communication towers, eleven 
mainline valves, and one pig launcher and receiver.\1\ Iroquois' 
project facilities include the addition of 22,000 horsepower of 
incremental compression and other miscellaneous modifications to its 
existing Wright Compressor Station.

    \1\ A pig is an internal tool that can be used to clean and dry 
a pipeline and/or to inspect it for damage or corrosion.

    The FERC staff mailed copies of the EIS 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. Paper copy versions of this EIS were mailed to those 
specifically requesting them; all others received a CD version. In 
addition, the EIS is available for public viewing on the FERC's Web 
site (www.ferc.gov) using the eLibrary link. A limited number of copies 
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.
    Additional information about the projects is available from the 
Commission's Office of External Affairs, at (866) 208-FERC, or on the 
FERC Web site (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., CP13-
499 or CP13-502). Be sure you have selected an appropriate date range. 
For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at 
[email protected] or toll free at (866) 208-3676; 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 www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp.

    Dated: October 24, 2014.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2014-25896 Filed 10-30-14; 8:45 am]