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land and 229.00 acres of Forest Service or may be viewed on the Commission’s government agencies; elected officials;
land, the Merwin Project occupies Web site at using environmental and public interest
142.65 acres of BLM land, and the Swift the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket groups; Native American tribes; other
No. 2 Project occupies 3.79 acres of number excluding the last three digits in interested parties; and local libraries
Forest Service land. the docket number field to access and newspapers. We encourage
The final EIS contains staff documents. For assistance, contact government representatives to notify
evaluations of the applicant’s proposal FERC Online Support at their constituents of this proposed
and the alternatives for relicensing the or toll- project and encourage them to comment
Lewis River Projects. The final EIS free at 1–866–208–3676, or for TTY, on their areas of concern.
documents the views of governmental (202) 502–8659.
Anyone may file comments on the Summary of the Proposed Project
agencies, non-governmental
organizations, affected Indian tribes, the draft EA. The public as well as federal Kinder Morgan proposes to construct,
public, the license applicant, and and state resource agencies are operate and maintain approximately 133
Commission staff. encouraged to provide comments. All miles of natural gas pipeline in
A copy of the final EIS is available for written comments must be filed within Cameron, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis,
review in the Commission’s Public 30 days of the issuance date of this Acadia and Evangeline Parishes,
Reference Branch, Room 2A, located at notice shown above. Send an original Louisiana. According to Kinder Morgan,
888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC and eight copies of all comments the purpose of this project is to provide
20426. The final EIS also may be viewed marked with the project number, P– an additional source of long-term,
on the Commission’s Web site at http:// 516–417, to: The Secretary, Federal competitively priced natural gas from under the eLibrary link. Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 the Sabine Pass Liquefied Natural Gas
Enter the docket number excluding the First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. (LNG) Terminal to intrastate and
last three digits in the docket number Comments, protests and interventions interstate natural gas markets. Kinder
field to access the document. For may be filed electronically via the Morgan has stated that this project is
assistance, contact FERC Online Internet in lieu of paper; see 18 CFR necessary to help meet the growing
Support at 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions imbalance between national supply and or toll- on the Commission’s Web site under the demand.
free at 1–866–208–3676, or for TTY, ‘‘e-Filing’’ link. The Commission
Specifically, Kinder Morgan is
(202) 502–8659. strongly encourages electronic filings.
If you have any questions regarding proposing to construct, operate and
You may also register online at http:// maintain: this notice, please call Shana High at
(202) 502–8674. • 130 miles of 42-inch-diameter
esubscription.asp to be notified via e- pipeline beginning within the Sabine
mail of new filings and issuances Magalie R. Salas, Pass LNG Terminal in Cameron Parish
related to this or other pending projects. Secretary. and extending northward and easterly
For assistance, contact FERC Online [FR Doc. E6–4588 Filed 3–29–06; 8:45 am] through Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis and
Support. BILLING CODE 6717–01–P Acadia Parishes until it connects with
For further information, contact Ann- an existing Columbia Gulf Transmission
Ariel Vecchio at (202) 502–6351 or at interstate pipeline in Evangeline Parish, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Louisiana.
Magalie R. Salas, • 1 mile of 36-inch-diameter bi-
Federal Energy Regulatory
Secretary. directional pipeline beginning within
[FR Doc. E6–4648 Filed 3–29–06; 8:45 am] the Sabine Pass LNG Terminal and
[Docket No. PF06–16–000] extending northward until it connects
with the existing Natural Gas Pipeline
Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline, Company of America pipeline
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY L.L.C.; Notice of Intent To Prepare an approximately one mile north of the
Environmental Impact Statement for LNG terminal in Cameron Parish,
Federal Energy Regulatory the Proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline Louisiana.
Commission Project and Request for Comments on
• 2.2 miles of 24-inch-diameter
Environmental Issues
[Project No. 516–417] pipeline extending eastwardly from
March 24, 2006. approximately Milepost 109 of the 130-
South Carolina Electric & Gas The staff of the Federal Energy mile leg described above until it
Company; Notice of Availability of Regulatory Commission (FERC or connects with the existing Florida Gas
Draft Environmental Assessment Commission) will prepare an Transmission Company’s Compressor
environmental impact statement (EIS) Station #7 near the town of Williams in
March 23, 2006.
for the Kinder Morgan Pipeline Project Acadia Parish, Louisiana.
A draft environmental assessment
proposed in southwest Louisiana by • Associated mainline block valves,
(EA) is available for public review. The
Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline, metering, tie-in and pigging facilities.
draft EA analyzes the environmental
L.L.C. This notice describes the The Kinder Morgan Pipeline would
impacts of an application for non-
proposed project, the EIS process and deliver approximately 3.4 million
project use of project lands and waters
how the public can participate in our 1 decatherms (Dth) of natural gas per day
filed for the Saluda Project. The project
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analysis. and would connect with fourteen

is located on Lake Murray in Lexington This notice is being sent to affected
County, South Carolina. intrastate and interstate pipeline
landowners; federal, state, and local facilities. No compressor stations would
The draft EA was written by staff in
the Office of Energy Projects, Federal be included as part of the project.
1 ‘‘We,’’ ‘‘us,’’ and ‘‘our’’ refer to the
Energy Regulatory Commission, and is environmental staff of the FERC’s Office of Energy
A general location of the proposed
available for review at the Commission Projects. pipeline is provided in Appendix 1.2

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Land Requirements concerns the public may have about agencies with jurisdiction and/or
Kinder Morgan is proposing that proposals under consideration by the special expertise with respect to
construction of the 42-inch-diameter Commission. This process is referred to environmental issues to express their
and 36-inch-diameter pipelines would as ‘‘scoping.’’ The main goal of the interest in becoming cooperating
require between 85–130 feet of scoping process is to focus the analysis agencies for the preparation of the EIS.
construction right-of-way (ROW). in the EIS on the important These agencies may choose to
Construction of the 24-inch-diameter environmental issues. With this Notice participate once they have evaluated the
pipeline would require the use of 75–95 of Intent, the Commission staff is proposal relative to their
feet of construction ROW. Temporary requesting public comments on the responsibilities. Agencies that would
work spaces (TWS) would also be scope of the issues to be addressed in like to request cooperating status should
required for construction of the the EIS. All comments received will be send a letter expressing that interest and
proposed project. The size of considered during preparation of the expected level of involvement to the
construction ROW and TWS required EIS. Please note that the scoping period Secretary of the Commission at the
for construction would vary depending will close on April 24, 2006. address provided in the public
on land type and construction method. In the EIS, we will discuss impacts participation section of this notice.
Approximately 1,600 acres of land that could occur as a result of the
construction and operation of the Currently Identified Environmental
would be temporarily affected by Issues
construction of the proposed project. In proposed project under these general
addition, during construction additional headings: The EIS will discuss impacts that
• Geology and soils; could occur as a result of the
lands would also be temporarily • Water resources;
affected by pipeline storage yards, construction, operation and
• Wetlands and vegetation; maintenance of the proposed project.
contractor staging areas, temporary work • Fish and wildlife;
spaces and access roads. We have already identified several
• Threatened and endangered
Kinder Morgan proposes that 50 feet issues that we think deserve attention
of permanent ROW would be necessary • Land use, recreation and visual based on a preliminary review of the
for all three pipeline segments. resources; project site and the facility information
Approximately 800 acres of land would • Air quality and noise; provided by Kinder Morgan. This
be permanently affected by operation of • Cultural resources; preliminary list of issues may be
the proposed project. • Socioeconomics; changed based on your comments and
If you are a landowner receiving this • Reliability and safety; and our analysis.
notice, you may be contacted by a • Cumulative impacts. • Potential impacts to Sabine Lake,
Kinder Morgan representative about the In the EIS, we will also evaluate including oyster reefs.
acquisition of an easement to construct, possible alternatives to the proposed • Potential impacts to perennial and
operate and maintain the proposed project or portions of the project and intermittent waterbodies, including
project facilities. The pipeline company make recommendations on how to waterbodies with Federal and/or State
would seek to negotiate a mutually lessen or avoid impacts on affected designations.
acceptable agreement. However, if the resources. • Evaluation of temporary and
project is approved by the FERC, that Our independent analysis of the permanent impacts on wetlands and
approval conveys with it the right of issues will be included in a draft EIS. development of appropriate mitigation.
eminent domain. Therefore, if easement The draft EIS will be mailed to Federal, • Potential impacts to fish and
negotiations fail to produce an State and local government agencies; wildlife habitat, including the potential
agreement, the pipeline company could elected officials; environmental and for impacts to federally and state-listed
initiate condemnation proceedings in public interest groups; Native American threatened and endangered species, as
accordance with state law. tribes; affected landowners; well as the potential for impacts to
commentors; other interested parties; wildlife refuges.
The EIS Process local libraries and newspapers; and the • Potential impacts to existing land
The National Environmental Policy FERC’s official service list for this uses, including residences, agricultural
Act (NEPA) requires the Commission to proceeding. A 45-day comment period and managed forested lands.
take into account the environmental will be allotted for review of the draft • Potential impacts and potential
impacts that could result from the EIS. We will consider all comments on benefits of construction workforce on
approval of an interstate natural gas the draft EIS and revise the document, local housing, infrastructure, public
pipeline. The FERC will use the EIS to as necessary, before issuing a final EIS. services and economy.
assess the environmental impact that We will consider all comments on the • Alternative alignments for the
could result if the Kinder Morgan final EIS before we make our pipeline route, alternative construction
Pipeline Project is authorized under recommendations to the Commission. methods and alternative sites for
section 7 of the Natural Gas Act. NEPA To ensure that your comments are associated surface facilities, such as
also requires us to discover and address considered, please follow the staging areas temporarily used during
instructions in the Public Participation construction.
2 The appendices referenced in this notice are not section of this notice. Public Participation
being printed in the Federal Register. Copies of all Although no formal application has
appendices, other than Appendix 1 (maps), are been filed, the FERC staff has already You can make a difference by
available on the Commission’s Web site at the initiated its NEPA review under its Pre- providing us with your specific
‘‘eLibrary’’ link or from the Commission’s Public
comments or concerns about the
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Reference Room, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, filing Process. The purpose of the Pre-
DC 20426, or call (202) 502–8371. For instructions filing Process is to encourage the early proposed project. By becoming a
on connecting to eLibrary refer to the Public involvement of interested stakeholders commentor, your concerns will be
Participation section of this notice. Copies of the and to identify and resolve issues before addressed in the EIS and considered by
appendices were sent to all those receiving this
notice in the mail. Requests for detailed maps of the an application is filed. the Commission. Your comments
proposed facilities should be made directly to With this notice, we are asking should focus on the potential
Kinder Morgan. Federal, State and local governmental environmental effects, reasonable

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alternatives (including alternative link on the Commission’s Web site. free at 1–866–208–3676, or TTY, contact
facility sites and pipeline routes), and Please note that you may not request (202) 502–8659.
measures to avoid or lessen intervenor status at this time. You must Kinder Morgan has also established
environmental impacts. The more wait until a formal application is filed an Internet Web site for this project at
specific your comments, the more useful with the Commission.
they will be. To ensure that your business/gas_pipelines/KMLP. This Web
Environmental Mailing List
comments are timely and properly site includes a description of the
recorded, please carefully follow these An effort is being made to send this project, a map of the proposed pipeline
instructions: notice to all individuals, organizations route and answers to frequently asked
• Send an original and two copies of and government entities interested in questions. You can also request
your letter to: Magalie R. Salas, and/or potentially affected by the additional information or provide
Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory proposed project. This includes all comments directly to Kinder Morgan at
Commission, 888 First St., NE., Room landowners who are potential right-of- 1–877–751–7626 or by e-mail at
1A, Washington, DC 20426. way grantors, whose property may be
• Label one copy of your comments used temporarily for project purposes or
for the attention of Gas Branch 2, DG2E. who own homes within distances Magalie R. Salas,
• Reference Docket No. PF06–16–000 defined in the Commission’s regulations Secretary.
on the original and both copies. of certain aboveground facilities. [FR Doc. E6–4643 Filed 3–29–06; 8:45 am]
• Mail your comments so that they If you received this notice, you are on BILLING CODE 6717–01–P
will be received in Washington, DC on the environmental mailing list for this
or before April 24, 2006. project. If you do not want to send
Please note that we are continuing to comments at this time, but still want to DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
experience delays in mail deliveries remain on our mailing list, please return
from the U.S. Postal Service. As a result, the Information Request (Appendix 2). If Federal Energy Regulatory
we will include all comments that we you do not return the Information Commission
receive within a reasonable time frame Request, you will be removed from the [Docket No. PF06–14–000; COTP
in our environmental analysis of this Commission’s environmental mailing Savannah–06–04]
project. The Commission strongly list.
encourages electronic filing of any Southern LNG, Inc. and Elba Express
comments in response to this Notice of Availability of Additional Information
Company, L.L.C.; Notice of Intent To
Intent. For information on electronically Additional information about this Prepare an Environmental Impact
filing comments, please see the project can be obtained by contacting Statement and U.S. Coast Guard Letter
instructions on the Commission’s Web the Commission’s Office of External of Recommendation for the Proposed
site at under the ‘‘e- Affairs, at 1–866–208–FERC (3372). Elba III Project, Request for Comments
Filing’’ link and the link to the User’s Additional information is also available on Environmental Issues, and Notice
Guide, as well as information in 18 CFR on the Internet at of Public Comment Meetings
385.2001(a)(1)(iii). Before you can The ‘‘eLibrary link’’ on the FERC Web
submit comments you will need to site provides access to documents March 24, 2006.
create a free account, which can be submitted to and issued by the The Federal Energy Regulatory
created on-line. Commission, such as comments, orders, Commission (FERC or Commission) and
Public scoping meetings are designed notices and rulemakings. Once on the the U.S. Department of Homeland
to provide another opportunity to offer FERC website, click on the ‘‘eLibrary Security, U.S. Coast Guard (Coast
comments on the proposed project. The link,’’ select ‘‘General Search’’ and in Guard) are in the process of evaluating
FERC is arranging and will announce the ‘‘Docket Number’’ field enter the the Elba III Project planned by Southern
plans for public scoping meetings in the project docket number excluding the LNG, Inc. and Elba Express Company,
vicinity of the proposed project before last three digits (PF06–16). When L.L.C., both wholly-owned subsidiaries
the close of the scoping period on April researching information be sure to select of Southern Natural Gas Company
24, 2006. Interested groups and an appropriate date range. In addition, (SNG). The project would consist of an
individuals are encouraged to attend the FERC now offers a free e-mail expansion of SNG’s existing onshore
these meetings and to present comments service called eSubscription that allows Elba Island Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
on the environmental issues they you to keep track of all formal issuances Import Terminal on the Savannah River
believe should be addressed in the EIS. and submittals in specific dockets. This in Georgia, and construction and
A transcript of each meeting will be can reduce the amount of time you operation of onshore natural gas
generated so that your comments will be spend researching proceedings by pipeline and compressor facilities in
accurately recorded. automatically providing you with various counties in Georgia and South
Once Kinder Morgan formally files its notification of these filings, document Carolina.
application with the Commission, you summaries and direct links to the As a part of this evaluation, the FERC
may want to become an official party to documents. To register for this service, staff will prepare an environmental
the proceeding known as an go to impact statement (EIS) that will address
‘‘intervenor.’’ Intervenors play a more esubscribenow.htm. the environmental impacts of the
formal role in the process and are able Public meetings or site visits will be project. The Commission will use the
to file briefs, appear at hearings and be posted on the Commission’s calendar EIS in its decision-making process to
heard by the courts if they choose to located at determine whether or not to authorize
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appeal the Commission’s final ruling. EventCalendar/EventsList.aspx along the project. The Coast Guard will assess
An intervenor formally participates in a with other related information. the safety and security of the import
Commission proceeding by filing a For assistance with the FERC Web site terminal expansion portion of the
request to intervene. Instructions for or with eSubscription, please contact project and issue a Letter of
becoming an intervenor are included in FERC Online Support at Recommendation. As described below,
the User’s Guide under the ‘‘e-filing’’ or toll the FERC and the Coast Guard will hold

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