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(2) Fax to (401) 435-2399
(3) Electronically via e-mail at
We encourage you to submit comments and related material pertaining specifically to the maritime operation and waterways management aspects of the proposed LNG facility. If you do so, please include your name and address, identify the docket number for this notice (CGD01-04-093), and give the reason for each comment. You may submit your comments and material by mail, hand delivery, fax, or electronic means, as described in
If you submit them by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 8
We do not now plan to hold a public meeting solely for the preparation of a Letter of Recommendation, but you may submit a request for one to U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Providence at the address under
The FERC is the lead Federal agency responsible for authorizing the siting and construction of onshore LNG facilities under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) (15 U.S.C. 717
These meetings are also posted on FERC's calendar at
Although FERC is the lead Federal agency for authorizing the siting and construction of onshore LNG facilities, the Coast Guard is responsible for navigation safety issues related to LNG ship deliveries. The FERC authorization process and the Coast Guard Letter of Recommendation process are two separate and distinct processes, although related in that they both pertain to the Weaver's Cove Energy LNG proposal. In accordance with the requirements of 33 CFR 127.009, the U.S. Coast Guard COTP Providence is preparing a Letter of Recommendation as to the suitability of Narragansett Bay and the Taunton River to accommodate LNG marine traffic. The Letter of Recommendation is in response to a Letter of Intent submitted on May 12, 2004, by Weaver's Cove Energy, L.L.C. and Mill River Pipeline, L.L.C. collectively referred to as Weaver's Cove Energy, in accordance with 33 CFR 127.007 to operate a LNG facility at Weaver's Cove, Fall River, MA.
Weaver's Cove Energy's proposed facilities would transport up to 800 million cubic feet per day (MMcfd) of imported natural gas to the U.S. market. The proposed LNG terminal would include a ship unloading facility with a single berth capable of receiving LNG ships with cargo capacities of up to 145,000 cubic meters (m
• The physical location of the facility.
• A description of the facility.
• The LNG vessels' characteristics and the frequency of LNG shipments to or from the facility.
• Charts showing waterway channels and identifying commercial, industrial, environmentally sensitive, and residential areas in and adjacent to the waterway used by the LNG vessels en route to the facility, within 25 kilometers of the facility.
• Density and character of marine traffic in the waterways.
• Locks, bridges, or other manmade obstructions in the waterway.
• Depth of water.
• Tidal range.
• Protection from the high seas.
• Natural hazards, including reefs, rocks, and sandbars.
• Underwater pipelines and cables.
• Distance of berthed vessel from the channel, and the width of the channel.
As stated above, the Letter of Recommendation process is independent of and separate from, although related to, the Federal permitting process for which FERC is the lead agency. Any permit that may be
Additional information about the Weaver's Cove LNG project is available from FERC's Office of External Affairs at 1-866-208-FERC or on the FERC internet Web site (