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The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for the Creole Trail Expansion Project, proposed by Cheniere Creole Trail Pipeline, L.P. (Cheniere) in the above-referenced docket. Cheniere requests authorization to construct a new compressor station and modify existing metering facilities in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana, and to construct miscellaneous facilities at the existing Sabine Pass Liquefied Natural Gas (SPLNG) Terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. The Creole Trail Expansion Project would enable bi-directional gas flow on the Creole Trail Pipeline system and allow for the delivery of gas to the SPLNG Terminal. The Creole Trail Expansion Project would create 1,530,000 dekatherms per day of new firm reverse flow capacity.
The EA assesses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the Creole Trail Expansion Project in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. 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 proposed Creole Trail Expansion Project includes the following facilities:
* A new 53,125-horsepower compressor station (Gillis Compressor Station);
* Reconfiguration of three existing meter and regulation stations to allow bi-directional flow and increased capacity;
* Approximately 200 feet of 42-inch-diameter pipeline from the existing mainline pipeline into the existing SPLNG Terminal; and
* A pig
The FERC staff mailed copies of the EA to federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest 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. In addition, the EA is available for public viewing on the FERC's Web site
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 the Commission has the opportunity to consider your comments prior to making its decision on this project, it is important that we receive your comments in Washington, DC on or before October 18, 2012.
For your convenience, there are three methods you can use to file your
(1) You can file your comments electronically using the eComment feature on the Commission's Web site (
(2) You can also file your comments electronically using the eFiling feature on the Commission's Web site (
(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 20426.
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).
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