[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 23 (Thursday, February 4, 2016)]
[Page 5997]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-02076]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP15-517-000]

Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP; Notice of Availability of the 
Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Coastal Bend Header Project

    The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or 
Commission) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for the 
Coastal Bend Header Project, proposed by Gulf South Pipeline Company, 
LP (Gulf South) in the above-referenced docket. Gulf South requests 
authorization to construct and operate certain natural gas pipeline 
facilities in various counties in Texas to expand the capacity of its 
pipeline system to 1.42 billion cubic feet per day to provide firm 
transportation service to the Freeport LNG Development, L.P. (Freeport 
LNG) terminal located on Quintana Island near Freeport, Texas.
    The EA assesses the potential environmental effects of the 
construction and operation of the Coastal Bend Header Project in 
accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy 
Act (NEPA). The FERC staff concludes that approval of the proposed 
project, with appropriate mitigating measures, would not constitute a 
major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human 
    The proposed Project includes the following facilities in Texas:
     Install approximately 66-miles of new 36-inch-diameter 
pipeline lateral from Wharton County, Texas to the existing Freeport 
Liquefied Natural Gas Stratton Ridge meter site in Brazoria County;
     construct one new gas-fired 83,597 horsepower (hp) Wilson 
Compressor Station in Wharton County;
     construct one new electric motor-driven 26,400-hp Brazos 
Compressor Station in Fort Bend County;
     construct one new electric motor-driven 10,700-hp North 
Houston Compressor Station in Harris County;
     install piping modifications at the existing Goodrich 
Compressor Station in Polk County to allow for bi-directional flow; and
     install additional gas-fired 15,748-hp compressor unit and 
modifications at the former Magasco Compressor Station in Sabine County 
to allow for bi-directional flow.
    The FERC staff mailed copies of the EA 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; libraries in the project area; and parties to this proceeding. 
In addition, the EA is available for public viewing on the FERC's Web 
site (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.
    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 they will be. To 
ensure that the Commission has the opportunity to consider your 
comments prior to making its decision on this project, it is important 
that we receive your comments in Washington, DC on or before February 
29, 2016.
    For your convenience, there are three methods you can use to file 
your comments with the Commission. In all instances, please reference 
the project docket number (CP15-517-000) 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 located on the Commission's Web site (www.ferc.gov) under the 
link to Documents and Filings. This is an easy method for submitting 
brief, text-only comments on a project;
    (2) You can also file your comments electronically using the 
eFiling feature 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''; or
    (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 
    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).\1\ Only intervenors have the 
right to seek rehearing of the Commission's decision. The Commission 
grants affected landowners and others with environmental concerns 
intervenor status upon showing good cause by stating that they have a 
clear and direct interest in this proceeding which no other party can 
adequately represent. Simply filing environmental comments will not 
give you intervenor status, but you do not need intervenor status to 
have your comments considered.

    \1\ See the previous discussion on the methods for filing 

    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 (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., CP15-
517). 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 
texts of formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, 
notices, and rulemakings.
    In addition, the Commission offers a free service called 
eSubscription that 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: January 29, 2016.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-02076 Filed 2-3-16; 8:45 am]