[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 38 (Friday, February 26, 2016)]
[Page 9836]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-04144]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP16-17-000]

Millennium Pipeline Company, L.L.C.; Notice of Schedule for 
Environmental Review of the Valley Lateral Project

    On November 13, 2015, Millennium Pipeline Company, L.L.C. 
(Millennium) filed an application in Docket No. CP16-17-000 requesting 
a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity pursuant to Section 
7(c) of the Natural Gas Act to construct and operate certain natural 
gas pipeline facilities. The proposed project is known as the Valley 
Lateral Project (Project), and would provide approximately 130,000 
dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of firm transportation service to CPV 
Valley, LLC to serve a new natural gas combined-cycle electric 
generator in the Town of Wawayanda, New York (CPV Valley Energy 
    On November 30, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 
(Commission or FERC) issued its Notice of Application for the Project. 
Among other things, that notice alerted agencies issuing federal 
authorizations of the requirement to complete all necessary reviews and 
to reach a final decision on a request for a federal authorization 
within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff's 
Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Project. This instant notice 
identifies the FERC staff's planned schedule for the completion of the 
EA for the Project.

Schedule for Environmental Review

Issuance of EA--May 9, 2016
90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline--August 7, 2016

    If a schedule change becomes necessary, additional notice will be 
provided so that the relevant agencies are kept informed of the 
Project's progress.

Project Description

    Millennium proposes to construct, install, own, and maintain the 
proposed Valley Lateral Project, which would involve construction of an 
approximately 7.9-mile, 16-inch diameter lateral pipeline from 
Millennium's existing mainline in Orange County, New York to the CPV 
Valley Energy Center. The Project would also involve construction of a 
new meter station within the CPV Valley Energy Center property, and pig 
launcher and receiver facilities.


    On July 6, 2015, the Commission issued a Notice of Intent to 
Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Valley Lateral 
Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues (NOI). The NOI 
was issued during the pre-filing review of the Project in Docket No. 
PF15-23-000 and was sent to affected landowners; federal, state, and 
local government agencies; elected officials; environmental and public 
interest groups; Native American tribes; other interested parties; and 
local libraries and newspapers. In response to the NOI, the Commission 
received comments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 
and 48 comments from individual stakeholders. The primary issues raised 
by commentors are purpose and need, land use, visual impacts, 
vegetation and wildlife, cumulative impacts, alternatives, air quality 
and climate change, safety, and socioeconomic impacts.
    The EPA and New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets 
are cooperating agencies in the preparation of the EA.

Additional Information

    In order to receive notification of the issuance of the EA and to 
keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets, 
the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription. 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 
    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, select 
``General Search'' from the eLibrary menu, enter the selected date 
range and ``Docket Number'' excluding the last three digits (i.e., 
CP16-17), and follow the instructions. For assistance with access to 
eLibrary, the helpline can be reached at (866) 208-3676, TTY (202) 502-
8659, or at [email protected]. The eLibrary link on the FERC 
Web site also provides access to the texts of formal documents issued 
by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rule makings.

    Dated: February 19, 2016.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-04144 Filed 2-25-16; 8:45 am]