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Enviro-Mich message from asagady@sojourn.com
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Heads up, Kent County...  note that project involves 
Crossing of the East Fork of San Creek, a state-designated 
trout stream.

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[Federal Register: December 29, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 248)]
[Notices]               
[Page 67635-67636]
>From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr29de97-60]

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
[Docket No. CP98-2-000]

 
ANR Pipeline Company; Notice of Intent To Prepare an 
Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Kent County Replacement 
Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues

December 19, 1997.
    The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or 
Commission) will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) that will 
discuss the environmental impacts of the replacement of about 0.96 mile 
of 22-inch-diameter pipeline proposed in the Kent County Replacement 
Project.\1\ This EA will be used by the Commission in its decision-
making process to determine whether the project is in the public 
convenience and necessity.
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    \1\ ANR Pipeline Company's application was filed with the 
Commission under Section 7 of the Natural Gas Act and Part 157 of 
the Commission's regulations.
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Summary of the Proposed Project

    ANR Pipeline Company (ANR) proposes to replace about 0.96 mile of 
22-inch-diameter pipeline to maintain compliance with the U.S. 
Department of Transportation pipeline safety regulations. There would 
be no increase in the capacity of ANR's system as a result of this 
proposal. ANR seeks authority to construct and operate:
    <bullet> 0.96 mile of 22-inch-diameter replacement pipeline in Kent 
County, Michigan.
    No nonjurisdictional facilities would be constructed as a result of 
this proposal.
    The location of the project facilities is shown in appendix 1.\2\
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    \2\ The appendices referenced in this notice are not being 
printed in the Federal Register. Copies are available from the 
Commission's Public Reference and Files Maintenance Branch, 888 
First Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20426, or call (202) 208-1371. 
Copies of the appendices were sent to all those receiving this 
notice in the mail.
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Land Requirements for Construction

    Construction of the proposed facilities would require about 8.6 
acres of land, including a 75-foot-wide construction right-of-way, 
additional temporary work spaces, and a staging area. Following 
construction, no new permanent right-of-way would be required. All of 
the right-of-way would be restored and allowed to revert to its former 
use.

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 
to discover and address concerns the public may have about proposals. 
We call this ``scoping.'' The main goal of the scoping process is to 
focus the analysis in the EA on the important environmental issues. By 
this Notice of Intent, the Commission requests public comments on the 
scope of the issues it will address in the EA. All comments received 
are considered during the preparation of the EA. State and local 
government representatives are encouraged to notify their constituents 
of this proposed action and encourage

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them to comment on their areas of concern.
    The EA will discuss impacts that could occur as a result of the 
construction and operation of the proposed project under these general 
headings:

<bullet> geology and soils
<bullet> water resources, fisheries, and wetlands
<bullet> vegetation and wildlife
<bullet> endangered and threatened species
<bullet> public safety
<bullet> land use
<bullet> cultural resources
<bullet> air quality and noise
<bullet> hazardous waste

    We will also evaluate possible 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.
    Our independent analysis of the issues will be in the EA. Depending 
on the comments received during the scoping process, the EA may be 
published and mailed to Federal, state, and local agencies, public 
interest groups, interested individuals, affected landowners, 
newspapers, libraries, and the Commission's official service list for 
this proceeding. A comment period will be allotted for review if the EA 
is published. We will consider all comments on the EA before we make 
our recommendations to the Commission.

Currently Identified Environmental Issues

    We have already identified several issues that we think deserve 
attention based on a preliminary review of the proposed facilities and 
the environmental information provided by ANR. This preliminary list of 
issues may be changed based on your comments and our analysis.
    <bullet> Proximity of the replacement to 5 residences.
    <bullet> Impact on cultivated croplands.
    <bullet> Crossing of the East Fork of San Creek, a state-designated 
trout stream.

Public Participation

    You can make a difference by sending a letter addressing your 
specific comments or concerns about the project. You should focus on 
the potential environmental effects of the proposal, alternatives to 
the proposal (including alternative routes), and measures to avoid or 
lessen environmental impact. The more specific your comments, the more 
useful they will be. Please follow the instructions below to ensure 
that your comments are received and properly recorded:
    <bullet> Send two copies of your letter to: Secretary, Federal 
Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First St., N.W., Room 1A, Washington, 
DC 20426;
    <bullet> Label one copy of the comments for the attention of the 
Environmental Review and Compliance Branch, PR-11.2;
    <bullet> Reference Docket No. CP98-2-000; and
    <bullet> Mail your comments so that they will be received in 
Washington, DC on or before January 20, 1998.
    If you are interested in obtaining procedural information, please 
write to the Secretary of the Commission.

Becoming an Intervenor

    In addition to involvement in the EA scoping process, you may want 
to become an official party to the proceeding or become an 
``intervenor.'' Among other things, intervenors have the right to 
receive copies of case-related Commission documents and filings by 
other intervenors. Likewise, each intervenor must provide copies of its 
filings to all other parties. If you want to become an intervenor you 
must file a motion to intervene according to Rule 214 of the 
Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.214) (see 
appendix 2).
    The date for filing timely motions to intervene in this proceeding 
has passed. Therefore, parties now seeking to file late interventions 
must show good cause, as required by section 385.214(b)(3), why this 
time limitation should be waived. Environmental issues have been viewed 
as good cause for late intervention.
    You do not need intervenor status to have your comments considered.
Lois D. Cashell,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-33692 Filed 12-24-97; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6717-01-M



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