[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 92 (Thursday, May 12, 2016)]
[Pages 29557-29558]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-11223]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP15-138-000]

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC; Notice of 
Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the 
Proposed Atlantic Sunrise Project

    The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or 
Commission) has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) 
for the Atlantic Sunrise Project, proposed by Transcontinental Gas Pipe 
Line Company, LLC (Transco) in the above-referenced docket. Transco 
requests authorization to expand its existing pipeline system from the 
Marcellus Shale production area in northern Pennsylvania to deliver an 
incremental 1.7 million dekatherms per day of year-round firm 
transportation capacity to its existing southeastern market areas.
    The draft EIS assesses the potential environmental effects of the 
construction and operation of the project in accordance with the 
requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. The FERC staff 
concludes that approval of the project would result in some adverse 
environmental impacts; however, most of these impacts would be reduced 
to less-than-significant levels with the implementation of Transco's 
proposed mitigation and the additional measures recommended in the 
draft EIS.
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers participated as a cooperating 
agency 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 National 
Environmental Policy Act analysis. Although the U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers provided input to the conclusions and recommendations 
presented in the draft EIS, the agency will present its own conclusions 
and recommendations in its respective record of decision or 
determination for the project.
    The draft EIS addresses the potential environmental effects of the 
construction and operation of about 197.7 miles of pipeline composed of 
the following facilities:
     183.7 miles of new 30- and 42-inch-diameter natural gas 
pipeline in Pennsylvania;
     11.5 miles of new 36- and 42-inch-diameter pipeline 
looping in Pennsylvania;
     2.5 miles of 30-inch-diameter replacements in Virginia; 
     associated equipment and facilities.
    The project's proposed aboveground facilities include two new 
compressor stations in Pennsylvania; additional compression and related 
modifications to three existing compressor stations in Pennsylvania and 
Maryland; two new meter stations and three new regulator stations in 
Pennsylvania; and minor modifications at existing aboveground 
facilities at various locations in Pennsylvania, Virginia, North 
Carolina, and South Carolina to allow for bi-directional flow and the 
installation of supplemental odorization, odor detection, and/or odor 
masking/deodorization equipment.
    The FERC staff mailed copies of the draft EIS to federal, state, 
and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; 
environmental and public interest

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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 draft 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.
    Any person wishing to comment on the draft EIS may do so. To ensure 
consideration of your comments on the proposal in the final EIS, it is 
important that the Commission receive your comments on or before June 
27, 2016.
    For your convenience, there are four methods you can use to submit 
your comments to the Commission. In all instances, please reference the 
project docket number (CP15-138-000) 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 submitting brief, 
text-only comments on a project.
    (2) You can file your comments electronically by 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.'' If you are filing a comment on a particular project, 
please select ``Comment on a Filing'' as the filing type.
    (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 
    (4) In lieu of sending written or electronic comments, the 
Commission invites you to attend one of the public comment meetings its 
staff will conduct in the project area to receive comments on the draft 
EIS. We \1\ encourage interested groups and individuals to attend and 
present oral comments on the draft EIS. We will begin our sign up of 
speakers at 6:30 p.m. All meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. and are 
scheduled as follows:

    \1\ ``We,'' ``us,'' and ``our'' refer to the environmental staff 
of the FERC's Office of Energy Projects.

                   Date                               Location
June 13, 2016.............................  Manheim Township High
                                             School, 115 Blue Streak
                                             Boulevard, Lancaster, PA
                                             17601, (717) 560-3098.
June 14, 2016.............................  Lebanon Valley College, Lutz
                                             Auditorium, 101 N. College
                                             Avenue, Annville, PA 17003,
                                             (717) 867-6310.
June 15, 2016.............................  Bloomsburg University, Haas
                                             Center for the Arts--
                                             Mitrani Hall, 400 E. Second
                                             Street, Bloomsburg, PA
                                             17815, (570) 389-4291.
June 16, 2016.............................  Lake Lehmon High School,
                                             1128 Old Route 115, Dallas,
                                             PA 18612, (570) 255-2705.

    The Baltimore District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will 
participate (jointly with FERC) in the public comment meetings to 
gather information on this proposal to assist them in the review of the 
permit application for the proposed activity.
    The joint comment meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a 
description of our environmental review process by Commission staff, 
after which speakers will be called. The meetings will end once all 
speakers have provided their comments or at 10:30 p.m., whichever comes 
first. Please note that there may be a time limit of three minutes to 
present comments, and speakers should structure their comments 
accordingly. If time limits are implemented, they will be strictly 
enforced to ensure that as many individuals as possible are given an 
opportunity to comment. The meetings will be recorded by a court 
reporter to ensure comments are accurately recorded. Transcripts will 
be entered into the formal record of the Commission proceeding.
    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 (Title 18 Code of Federal Regulations Part 
385.214).\2\ 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 that 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.

    \2\ 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-
138). 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 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 http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp.

    Dated: May 5, 2016.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2016-11223 Filed 5-11-16; 8:45 am]