In Section 2.10.5 of the EA, it is noted: “The potential impacts that we view as most cumulatively significant pertain to soils; groundwater, surface water, and wetlands; vegetation and wildlife; land use, recreation, special interest areas, and visual resources; socioeconomics; and air quality and noise.” It is noted that nearby water wells could be damaged by construction, but that TGP will monitor and repair affected wells or otherwise compensate landowners for project-related damage to wells.
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. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers participated as cooperating agencies in the preparation of the EA.
Commenting on the NUP EA
Comments must be received by FERC on or before December 21, 2011 and should focus on the potential environmental effects, reasonable alternatives and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts. Three methods can be used, as detailed below. Reference the project docket number (CP11-161-000) with your submission. The commission has dedicated eFiling expert staff to assist at 202/502-8258 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments can be filed electronically by using the eComment or eFiling features, which are located on the commission’s website at www.ferc.gov under the link to Documents and Filings. An eComment is an easy method to submit brief, text-only comments on a project. With eFiling, you can provide comments in a variety of formats by attaching them as a file. New eFiling users must first create an account by clicking on “eRegister.” You will be asked to select the type of filing you are making. A comment on a particular project is considered a “Comment on a Filing.”
Paper copies of comments can be filed at: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426.
Additional information about the project is available from the Commission’s Office of External Affairs, at 866/208-FERC, or on the FERC website (www.ferc.gov) using the eLibrary link. Click on the eLibrary link, click on “General Search,” and enter the docket number (CP11-161).