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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 Texas Eastern and Appalachia Market Expansion Project 2014 (TEAM 2014) involving construction and operation, modification and abandonment of facilities proposed by Texas Eastern Transmission, LP (Texas Eastern) in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. The Commission will use this EA in its decision-making process to determine whether the project is in the public convenience and necessity.
This notice announces the opening of the scoping process the Commission will use to gather input from the public and interested agencies on the project. Your input will help the Commission staff determine what issues they need to evaluate in the EA. Please note that the scoping period will close on November 3, 2012. You may submit comments in written form. Further details on how to submit written comments are in the Public Participation section of this notice. This is not your only public input opportunity; please refer to the Environmental Review Process flow chart in Appendix 1.
This notice is being sent to the Commission's current environmental mailing list for this project. State and local government representatives should notify their constituents of this proposed project and encourage them to comment on their areas of concern.
If you are a landowner receiving this notice, a pipeline company representative may contact you about the acquisition of an easement to construct, operate, and maintain the proposed facilities. The company would seek to negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement. However, if the Commission approves the project, 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 where compensation would be determined in accordance with state law.
Texas Eastern may have provided landowners with a fact sheet prepared by the FERC entitled "An Interstate Natural Gas Facility on My Land? What Do I Need To Know?". This fact sheet addresses a number of typically-asked questions, including the use of eminent domain and how to participate in the Commission's proceedings. It is also available for viewing on the FERC Web site (
TEAM 2014 involves constructing approximately 33.4 miles of 36-inch-diameter natural gas transmission pipeline comprised of seven separate pipeline loops
* The Holbrook Loop--a 6.6-mile pipeline in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, downstream of the existing Holbrook Compressor Station. A pig
* The Perulack West Loop--a 2.7-mile pipeline in Perry County, Pennsylvania, downstream of the existing Perulack Compressor Station;
* The Perulack East Loop--5.3-mile pipeline in Perry County, Pennsylvania, downstream of the existing Perulack Compressor Station. A pig receiver assembly and crossover piping would be installed along this loop;
* The Shermans Dale Loop--7.1-mile pipeline in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, downstream of the existing Shermans Dale Compressor Station. A pig receiver assembly and crossover piping would be installed along this loop;
* The Grantville West Loop--a 2.4-mile pipeline in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, downstream of the existing Grantville Compressor Station;
* The Grantville East Loop--a 3.8-mile pipeline in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, downstream of the existing Grantville Compressor Station. A pig receiver assembly and crossover piping would be installed along this loop; and
* The Bernville Loop--a 5.5-mile pipeline in Berks County, Pennsylvania, downstream of the existing Bernville Compressor Station. A pig receiver assembly and crossover piping would be installed along this loop.
In addition, as part of TEAM 2014, Texas Eastern plans to add approximately 80,060 hp of compression and aboveground facility modifications at four existing Texas Eastern compressor stations:
* Uniontown Compressor Station--a paper uprate (software update to meet maximum hp) of one existing electric unit and power uprate (replacing hardware to improve hp) of two existing gas turbine units;
* Delmont Compressor Station--installation of one new gas turbine compressor unit, one new electric unit, and abandonment of one gas turbine unit and six gas-reciprocating units;
* Armagh Compressor Station--installation of a new gas compressor unit; and
* Entriken Compressor Station--installation of a new gas compressor unit.
TEAM 2014 would require modifications to numerous existing facilities to allow bi-directional flow/transmission of natural gas. These facilities include 18 existing compressor stations, 17 separate and existing pig launcher and receiver sites, and two existing meter and regulating facilities between Pennsylvania and Mississippi. These are described in Appendix 2. Although these modifications would occur at existing facilities, temporary workspaces may be needed outside of the existing/maintained facility footprints. The general location of the project facilities are shown in Appendix 3.
Texas Eastern is still in the planning phase of the project, and workspace requirements have not been finalized. However, TEAM 2014 would disturb approximately 1191.5 acres and install or modify about 12 miles of new access roads. The construction and operation of the pipeline loops would be mostly collocated adjacent to existing pipelines and would affect about 547.1 acres of land in Berks, Dauphin, Fayette, Lebanon, and Perry Counties, Pennsylvania. In addition, 48 new access roads would be required. Modifications at the compressor stations would be confined to the existing facility property and would temporarily affect 124 acres in Fayette, Westmoreland, Indiana and Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Workspace for the bi-directional flow modifications is planned to temporarily impact about 520.4 acres within or adjacent to existing facilities in the following counties: Marshall County, West Virginia; Monroe, Noble, Athens, Meigs, and Scioto Counties, Ohio; Bath, Madison, Lincoln, Casey, and Monroe Counties, Kentucky; Trousdale, Wilson, Rutherford, Williamson, Giles, and Lawrence Counties, Tennessee; Colbert County, Alabama; and Itawamba, Monroe, Oktibbeha, Attala, Madison, Hinds, and Jefferson Counties, Mississippi.
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
In the EA we will discuss impacts that could occur as a result of the construction and operation of the proposed project under these general headings:
* Geology and soils;
* land use;
* water resources, fisheries, and wetlands;
* cultural resources;
* vegetation and wildlife;
* air quality and noise;
* endangered and threatened species;
* public safety; and
* cumulative impacts.
We will also evaluate reasonable 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.
Although no formal application has been filed, we have already initiated our NEPA review under the Commission's pre-filing process. The purpose of the pre-filing process is to encourage early involvement of interested stakeholders and to identify and resolve issues before the FERC receives an application. As part of our pre-filing review, we have begun to contact some federal and state agencies to discuss their involvement in the scoping process and the preparation of the EA.
The EA will present our independent analysis of the issues. The EA will be available in the public record through eLibrary. Depending on the comments received during the scoping process, we may also publish and distribute the EA to the public for an allotted comment period. We will consider all comments on the EA before making our recommendations to the Commission. To ensure we have the opportunity to consider and address your comments, please carefully follow the instructions in the Public Participation section of this notice.
With this notice, we are asking agencies with jurisdiction by law and/or special expertise with respect to the environmental issues of this project to formally cooperate with us in the preparation of the EA.
In accordance with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's implementing regulations for section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, we are using this notice to initiate consultation with the applicable State Historic Preservation
You can make a difference by providing us with your specific comments or concerns about the project. 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 timely and properly recorded, please send your comments so that the Commission receives them in Washington, DC on or before November 3, 2012.
For your convenience, there are three methods which you can use to submit your comments to the Commission. In all instances please reference the project docket number (PF12-19-000) with your submission. The Commission encourages electronic filing of comments and has expert staff available to assist you at (202) 502-8258 or
(1) You can file your comments electronically using the eComment feature on the Commission's Web site (
(2) You can 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.
The environmental mailing list includes: Federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American Tribes; other interested parties; and local libraries and newspapers. This list also includes all affected landowners (as defined in the Commission's regulations) who are potential right-of-way grantors, whose property may be used temporarily for project purposes, or who own homes within certain distances of aboveground facilities, and anyone who submits comments on the project. We will update the environmental mailing list as the analysis proceeds to ensure that we send the information related to this environmental review to all individuals, organizations, and government entities interested in and/or potentially affected by the proposed project.
When an EA is published for distribution, copies will be sent to the environmental mailing list for public review and comment. If you would prefer to receive a paper copy of the document instead of the CD version or would like to remove your name from the mailing list, please return the attached Information Request (Appendix 4).
Once Texas Eastern files its application with the Commission, you may want to become an "intervenor" which is an official party to the Commission's proceeding. Intervenors play a more formal role in the process and are able to file briefs, appear at hearings, and be heard by the courts if they choose to appeal the Commission's final ruling. An intervenor formally participates in the proceeding by filing a request to intervene. Instructions for becoming an intervenor are in the User's Guide under the "e-filing" link on the Commission's Web site. Please note that the Commission will not accept requests for intervenor status at this time. You must wait until the Commission receives a formal application for the project.
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 at
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
Finally, public meetings or site visits, if scheduled, will be posted on the Commission's calendar located at