[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 220 (Friday, November 14, 2014)]
[Pages 68234-68236]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-26960]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP14-497-000]

Dominion Transmission, Inc.; Supplemental Notice of Additional 
Public Scoping Period and Meeting for the Proposed New Market Project 
and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues

    The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or 
Commission) will re-open the public scoping period and hold an 
additional public scoping meeting in Madison County, New York to 
receive comments on Dominion Transmission, Inc.'s (Dominion) New Market 
Project (Project), including alternative site locations under 
consideration for the proposed Sheds Compressor Station. The date, 
time, and location of the meeting is detailed in the table below.

               Date and time                          Location
Thursday, November 20, 2014 6:30 PM.*       Auditorium, Morrisville-
                                             Eaton Middle/High School,
                                             5061 Fearon Rd.,
                                             Morrisville, NY 13408
* The school ground will be open to meeting attendees starting at 6:00

    In response to concerns raised regarding Dominion's proposed Sheds 
Compressor Station location, FERC staff is considering additional 
compressor station site alternatives. These alternatives, which are 
described below, could affect new landowners; therefore, the FERC is 
issuing this supplemental notice to provide these landowners and other 
interested parties an opportunity to comment on the Project. FERC staff 
will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) that will discuss the 
environmental impacts of the Project involving construction and 
operation of facilities by Dominion in multiple counties in upstate New 
York. The Commission will use this EA in its decision-making process to 
determine whether the Project is in the public convenience and 
    In addition to commenting at the public meeting, you may submit 
comments in writing. Further details on how to submit written comments 
are provided in the Public Participation section of this notice. Your 
input will help the Commission staff determine what issues it needs to 
evaluate in the EA. Please note that the re-opened scoping period will 
close on December 5, 2014.
    This notice is being sent to the Commission's current environmental 
mailing list for this Project, including landowners within 0.5 mile of 
Sheds Compressor Station alternative sites at West Wilcox Road (West 
Eaton) and DeRuyter. State and local government representatives should 
notify their constituents of this proposed Project and encourage them 
to comment on their areas of concern.
    If you are a landowner receiving this notice, a pipeline company 
representative may contact you about the acquisition of an easement to 
construct, operate, and maintain the proposed facilities. The company 
would seek to negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement. However, if 
the Commission approves the Project, that approval conveys with it the 
right of eminent domain. Therefore, if easement negotiations fail to 
produce an agreement, the pipeline company could initiate condemnation 
proceedings where compensation would be determined in accordance with 
state law.
    Dominion provided landowners with a fact sheet prepared by the FERC 
entitled ``An Interstate Natural Gas Facility On My Land? What Do I 
Need To Know?'' This fact sheet addresses a number of typically-asked 
questions, including the use of eminent domain and how to participate 
in the Commission's proceedings. It is also available for viewing on 
the FERC Web site (www.ferc.gov).

Summary of the Proposed Project

    Dominion proposes to construct and operate 2 new compressor 
stations and add additional compression and minor changes at 3 existing 
compressor stations. Dominion would also modify a meter station in 
Schenectady County, New York. Specifically, the New Market Project 
would consist of the following proposed facilities in New York:
     Construction of the new Horseheads Compressor Station in 
Chemung County;
     installation of gas coolers and filter/separator at the 
existing Borger Compressor Station in Tompkins County;
     construction of the new Sheds Compressor Station in 
Madison County;

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     installation of gas coolers and filter/separator at the 
existing Utica Compressor Station in Herkimer County;
     installation of additional engine and turbine driven 
compressor units at the existing Brookman Compressor Station in 
Montgomery County; and
     modifications to the existing West Schenectady Meter 
Station in Schenectady County.
    Although Dominion is proposing additional compressor stations, it 
is not proposing to increase the maximum allowable operating pressure 
on the pipeline. The general location of the Project facilities and 
alternative sites for the proposed Sheds Compressor Station are shown 
in appendix 1.\1\

    \1\ The appendices referenced in this notice will not appear in 
the Federal Register. Copies of appendices were sent to all those 
receiving this notice in the mail and are available at www.ferc.gov 
using the link called ``eLibrary'' or from the Commission's Public 
Reference Room, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426, or call 
(202) 502-8371. For instructions on connecting to eLibrary, refer to 
the last page of this notice.

Land Requirements for Construction

    Construction of the proposed facilities would disturb about 200 
acres of land for the aboveground facilities. Following construction, 
Dominion would maintain about 78 acres for permanent operation of the 
Project facilities; the remaining acreage would be restored and revert 
to former uses.

The EA Process

    The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires the 
Commission to take into account the environmental impacts that could 
result from an action whenever it considers the issuance of a 
Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. NEPA also requires us 
\2\ to discover and address concerns the public may have about 
proposals. This process is referred to as ``scoping.'' The main goal of 
the scoping process is to focus the analysis in the EA on the important 
environmental issues. By this notice, the Commission requests public 
comments on the scope of the issues to address in the EA. We will 
consider all filed comments during the preparation of the EA.

    \2\ ``We,'' ``us,'' and ``our'' refer to the environmental staff 
of the Commission's Office of Energy Projects.

    In the EA we will discuss impacts that could occur as a result of 
the construction and operation of the proposed Project under these 
general headings:
     Geology and soils;
     water resources, fisheries, and wetlands;
     cultural resources;
     land use;
     vegetation and wildlife;
     air quality and noise; and
     public safety.
    We will also evaluate cumulative impacts and reasonable 
alternatives to the proposed Project or portions of the Project, and 
make recommendations on how to lessen or avoid impacts on the various 
resource areas.
    The EA will present our independent analysis of the issues. The EA 
will be available in the public record through the FERC's eLibrary 
system. Depending on the comments received during the scoping process, 
we may also publish and distribute the EA to the public for an allotted 
comment period. We will consider all comments on the EA before making 
our recommendations to the Commission. To ensure we have the 
opportunity to consider and address your comments, please carefully 
follow the instructions in the Public Participation section beginning 
on page 5.
    With this notice, we are asking agencies with jurisdiction by law 
and/or special expertise with respect to the environmental issues of 
this Project to formally cooperate with us in the preparation of the EA 
\3\. Agencies that would like to request cooperating agency status 
should follow the instructions for filing comments provided under the 
Public Participation section of this notice. Currently, the New York 
State Department of Agriculture and Markets has expressed its intention 
to participate as a cooperating agency in the preparation of the EA to 
satisfy its NEPA responsibilities related to this Project.

    \3\ The Council on Environmental Quality regulations addressing 
cooperating agency responsibilities are at Title 40, Code of Federal 
Regulations, Part 1501.6.

Consultations Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation 

    In accordance with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's 
implementing regulations for Section 106 of the National Historic 
Preservation Act, we are using this notice to initiate consultation 
with the applicable State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and to 
solicit their views and those of other government agencies, interested 
Indian tribes, and the public on the Project's potential effects on 
historic properties.\4\ We will define the project-specific Area of 
Potential Effects (APE) in consultation with the SHPO as the Project 
develops. On natural gas facility projects, the APE at a minimum 
encompasses all areas subject to ground disturbance (examples include 
construction right-of-way, contractor/pipe storage yards, compressor 
stations, and access roads). Our EA for this Project will document our 
findings on the impacts on historic properties and summarize the status 
of consultations under Section 106.

    \4\ The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's regulations 
are at Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 800. Those 
regulations define historic properties as any prehistoric or 
historic district, site, building, structure, or object included in 
or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic 

Currently Identified Environmental Issues

    We have already identified several issues that we think deserve 
attention based on a preliminary review of the proposed facilities, 
comments received from the public, and the environmental information 
provided by Dominion. This preliminary list of issues may be changed 
based on your comments and our analysis.
     Air quality--health impacts from emissions;
     socioeconomic issues--traffic, home values;
     noise and vibration;
     land use--industrialization;
     visual impacts;
     cumulative impacts; and
     public safety.

Public Participation

    You can make a difference by providing us with your specific 
comments or concerns about the Project. 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 they will be. To ensure that your 
comments are timely and properly recorded, please send your comments so 
that the Commission receives them in Washington, DC on or before 
December 5, 2014.
    For your convenience, there are three methods which you can use to 
submit your comments to the Commission. In all instances please 
reference the Project docket number (CP14-497-000) with your 
submission. The Commission encourages electronic filing of comments and 
has expert staff available to assist you at (202) 502-8258 or 
[email protected].
    (1) You can file your comments electronically using the eComment 
feature on the Commission's Web site (www.ferc.gov) under the link to 
Documents and Filings. This is an easy method for interested persons to 
submit brief, text-only comments on the Project;
    (2) You can file your comments electronically using the eFiling 

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on the Commission's Web site (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 
must select the type of filing you are making. If you are filing a 
comment on a particular project, please select ``Comment on a Filing''; 
    (3) You can file a paper copy of your comments by mailing them to 
the following address:
    Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 
888 First Street NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426.

Environmental Mailing List

    The environmental mailing list includes Federal, State, and local 
government representatives and agencies; elected officials; 
environmental and public interest groups; Native American Tribes; other 
interested parties; and local libraries and newspapers. This list also 
includes all affected landowners (as defined in the Commission's 
regulations) who are potential right-of-way grantors, whose property 
may be used temporarily for Project purposes, or who own homes within 
certain distances of aboveground facilities, and anyone who submits 
comments on the Project. We will update the environmental mailing list 
as the analysis proceeds to ensure that we send the information related 
to this environmental review to all individuals, organizations, and 
government entities interested in and/or potentially affected by the 
proposed Project.
    If we publish and distribute the EA, copies will be sent to the 
environmental mailing list for public review and comment. If you would 
prefer to receive a paper copy of the document instead of the CD 
version or would like to remove your name from the mailing list, please 
return the attached Information Request (appendix 2).

Becoming an Intervenor

    In addition to involvement in the EA scoping process, you may want 
to become an ``intervenor'' which is an official party to the 
Commission's proceeding. Intervenors play a more formal role in the 
process and are able to file briefs, appear at hearings, and be heard 
by the courts if they choose to appeal the Commission's final ruling. 
An intervenor formally participates in the proceeding by filing a 
request to intervene. Instructions for becoming an intervenor are in 
the User's Guide under the ``e-filing'' link on the Commission's Web 

Additional Information

    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 at 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., CP14-
497). 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, or for TTY, 
contact (202) 502-8659. The eLibrary link also provides access to the 
formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and 
    In addition, the Commission now 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.
    Finally, public meetings or site visits will be posted on the 
Commission's calendar located at www.ferc.gov/EventCalendar/EventsList.aspx along with other related information.

    Dated: November 4, 2014.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2014-26960 Filed 11-13-14; 8:45 am]