Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
This notice announces the opening of the scoping period that will be used to gather environmental input from the public and interested agencies on the project. Please note that the scoping period will close on June 26, 2006.
This notice is being sent to potentially affected landowners; Federal, State, and local government agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American Tribes, other interested parties; local libraries and newspapers. State and local government representatives are asked to notify their constituents of this planned project and encourage them to comment on their areas of concern.
A fact sheet prepared by the FERC entitled "An Interstate Natural Gas Facility On My Land? What Do I Need To Know?" is available for viewing on the FERC Web site(
If you are a landowner receiving this notice, you may be contacted by a pipeline company representative about the acquisition of an easement to construct, operate, and maintain the proposed facilities. The pipeline company would seek to negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement. However, if the project is approved by the Commission, that approval conveys with it the right of eminent domain. Therefore, if easement negotiations fail to produce an agreement, the pipeline company could initiate condemnation proceedings in accordance with state law.
Algonquin proposes to construct and operate
The general location of Algonquin's proposed facilities is shown on the map attached as Appendix 1.
Construction of Algonquin's proposed facilities would require about 45.35 acres of land for the construction right-of-way for the pipelines, additional temporary workspaces, staging areas, and access roads. The construction right-of-way for the pipelines would typically be 75 feet wide. Following construction, a 50-foot wide permanent right-of-way would be maintained.
Construction access to Algonquin's project would be via existing public and private roads. Algonquin has identified 19 existing access roads necessary for the construction of its project.
By this notice, we are also asking Federal, State, and local agencies with jurisdiction and/or special expertise with respect to environmental issues to formally cooperate with us in the preparation of the EA. Agencies that would like to request cooperating status should follow the instructions for filing comments below.
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.
In the EA, we will discuss impacts that could occur as a result of the construction and operation of the project. We will also evaluate possible alternatives to the proposed project or portions of the project.
We have already identified some issues that we think deserve attention based on a preliminary review of the proposed facilities and the environmental information provided by Algonquin. This preliminary list of issues may be changed based on your comments and our analysis.
* Impact of crossing the Shawme-Crowell State Forest and Massachusetts Military Reservation.
* Disturbance of 20.39 acres of forest land.
You can make a difference by providing us with your specific comments or concerns about the project. By becoming a commentor, your concerns will be addressed in the EA and considered by the Commission. You should focus on the potential environmental effects of the proposal, alternatives to the proposal (including alternative locations and routes), and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impact. The more specific your comments, the more useful they will be. Please carefully follow these instructions to ensure that your comments are received in time and properly recorded:
* Send an original and two copies of your letter to: Magalie R. Salas, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First St., NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426.
* Label one copy of the comments for the attention of Gas Branch 1.
* Reference Docket No. CP06-143-000.
* Mail your comments so that they will be received in Washington, DC on or before June 26, 2006.
Please note that the Commission strongly encourages electronic filing of any comments or interventions or protests to this proceeding. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's Web site at
In addition to involvement in the EA scoping process, you may want to become an official party to the proceeding known as an "intervenor". Intervenors play a more formal role in the process. Among other things, intervenors have the right to receive copies of case-related Commission documents and filings by other intervenors. Likewise, each intervenor must send one electronic copy (using the Commission's e-Filing system) or 14
Affected landowners and parties with environmental concerns may be granted intervenor status upon showing good cause by stating that they have a clear and direct interest in this proceeding which would not be adequately represented by any other parties. You do not need intervenor status to have your environmental comments considered.
On June 20, 2006, the OEP staff will conduct a pre-certification site visit of the planned Cape Cod Project.
We will view the proposed route and variations that are being considered for the planned pipeline. Staff will view the area by automobile and on foot. Representatives of Algonquin will be accompanying the OEP staff.
All interested parties may attend the site visit on June 20, 2006. Those planning to attend must provide their own transportation. If you are interested in attending the site visit, please meet us at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of ENSR, 95 State Road, Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts.
If you plan on attending and will be entering the Massachusetts Military Reservation along with FERC on the site visit, it will be necessary that you provide certain information no later than Monday, June 12, 2006. We will attempt to get pre-approval for anyone attending. Please e-mail the following information to
Anyone attending who will be entering the Massachusetts Military Reservation needs to be pre-approved and must bring a Photo ID to gain access.
For additional information, please contact the Commission's Office of External Affairs at 1-866-208-FERC (3372).
Additional information about the project is available from the Commission's Office of External Affairs, at 1-866-208-FERC or on the FERC Internet Web site (
In addition, the Commission now offers a free service called eSubscription which 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