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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 Daleville Compressor Station Upgrade Project (Project) involving construction and operation of facilities by Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company (Eastern Shore) in Chester County, Pennsylvania. 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 December 26, 2012.
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.
Eastern Shore 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 how to participate in the Commission's proceedings. It is also available for viewing on the FERC Web site (
Eastern Shore proposes to construct and operate two new 1,775 nominal horsepower (hp) natural gas-fired reciprocating compressor engines at its existing Daleville Compressor Station in Chester County, Pennsylvania. One compressor would replace three existing compressor units that currently serve as back-up to the existing primary compressor units. According to Eastern Shore, the new compressor units would reduce air emissions from the back-up compressor units and improve Eastern Shore's system reliability and flexibility, and the second compressor would provide 17,500 dekatherms per day (dth/d) of additional firm transportation service to two of Eastern Shore's existing customers (Delaware City Refining Company LLC and Elkton Gas Company).
The Project would consist of the following activities:
* Retiring three existing Caterpillar model 398 natural gas-fired reciprocating compressor engines currently serving as back-up to the primary compressor units;
* Constructing two new Caterpillar model 3606 TALE 1,775 hp natural gas-fired reciprocating compressor engines, one of which would replace the three existing back up compressor engines and the second of which would increase the station's firm transportation service by 17,500 dth/d; and
* Making necessary modifications to the existing Daleville Compressor Station and buildings to accommodate the new compressor units.
The general location of the Project facilities is shown in appendix 1.
Construction of the proposed Project would occur entirely within Eastern Shore's property, either within the existing fenced station site or in adjacent mowed areas. Construction would temporarily disturb the entire 1.88-acre existing fenced Daleville Compressor Station site. Approximately
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.
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 below.
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 applicable State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and to solicit their views and those of other government agencies, interested Indian tribes, and the public on the Project's potential effects on historic properties.
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 December 26, 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 (CP13-6-000) 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 own homes within certain distances of the Daleville Compressor Station, 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.
If we publish and distribute the EA, 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 2).
In addition to involvement in the EA scoping process, you may want to
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 will be posted on the Commission's calendar located at