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The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for the Mainline 104 Extension to Fidlar Project (Project) proposed by Questar Pipeline Company (Questar) in the above-referenced docket. Questar requests authorization to extend its existing Mainline 104 pipeline eastward by constructing, operating, and maintaining a natural gas transmission pipeline and ancillary facilities between Questar's Green River Block Valve and its Fidlar Compressor Station located in Uintah County, Utah. The purpose of the Project is to allow shippers greater access to Uinta basin natural gas supplies near the Fidlar Compressor Station.
The EA assesses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the Project in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The FERC staff concludes that approval of the proposed project, with appropriate mitigating measures, would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.
The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Utah Public Lands and Policy Coordination Office participated as cooperating agencies in the preparation of the EA. Cooperating agencies have jurisdiction by law or special expertise with respect to resources potentially affected by the proposal and participate in the NEPA analysis. The BIA and BLM will adopt and use the EA to consider the issuance of a right-of-way grant for the portion of the Project on tribal and federal lands, respectively.
Questar's proposed Project includes the following facilities:
* About 24.6 miles of 24-inch-diameter natural gas transmission pipeline;
* Three mainline block valves at mileposts (MP) 8.5, 14.5, and 24.6;
* One pig launcher/receiver at the Fidlar Compressor Station;
* Eight underground pipeline taps at MPs 3.1, 5.4, 6.3, 8.5, 12.7, 13.3, 16.9, and 20.9; and
* A measurement and control facility within the Fidlar Compressor Station.
The EA has been placed in the public files of the FERC and is available for public viewing on the FERC's Web site at
Copies of the EA have been mailed to federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes; other interested individuals and groups; newspapers and libraries in the project area; and parties to this proceeding.
Any person wishing to comment on the EA may do so. Your comments should focus on the potential environmental effects, reasonable alternatives, and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts. The more specific your comments, the more useful they will be. To ensure that your comments are properly recorded and considered prior to a Commission decision on the proposal, it is important that the FERC receives your comments in Washington, DC on or before April 4, 2011.
For your convenience, there are three methods you can use to submit your comments to the Commission. In all instances, please reference the project docket number (CP11-25-000) with your submission. The Commission encourages electronic filing of
(1) You may file your comments electronically by using the eComment feature, which is located on the Commission's Web site at
(2) You may file your comments electronically by using the eFiling feature, which is located on the Commission's Web site at
(3) You may file a paper copy of your comments at the following address: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426.
Although your comments will be considered by the Commission, simply filing comments will not serve to make the commenter a party to the 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 (18 CFR 385.214).
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 comments considered.
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 (
In addition, the Commission 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