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SAFEGUARDS: EXEMPTIONS CLAIMED FOR THE SYSTEM: may involve actions in a floodplain or
Computerized records are maintained None. wetland, the draft PEIS will include a
in a controlled area accessible only to [FR Doc. 05–19326 Filed 9–27–05; 8:45 am]
floodplain and wetlands assessment and
authorized personnel. Entry to these the final PEIS or Record of Decision will
areas is restricted to those personnel include a floodplain statement of
with a valid requirement and findings.
authorization to enter. Physical entry is The Agencies will prepare the PEIS in
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY accordance with NEPA, the Council on
restricted by the use of lock, guards, and
administrative procedures. Access to DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Environmental Quality (CEQ)
any specific record is based on the need- regulations, 40 CFR 1500–1508, DOE’s
to-know and the specific level of Notice of Intent To Prepare a regulations developed pursuant to
authorization granted to the user. Programmatic Environmental Impact NEPA, 10 CFR 1021, BLM’s planning
Physical and electronic access is Statement, Amend Relevant Agency regulations 43 CFR 1600 and applicable
restricted to designated individuals Land Use Plans, Conduct Public FS planning regulations to amend land
having a need-to-know in the Scoping Meetings, and Notice of use plans.
performance of official duties. Access to Floodplain and Wetlands Involvement DATES: The Agencies invite interested
personal information is further agencies, states, organizations, Native
AGENCIES: Office of Electricity Delivery
restricted by the use of the Army American tribes, and members of the
and Energy Reliability, Department of
Knowledge Online database (AKO) public to submit comments or
Energy (DOE) and the Bureau of Land
single sign-on and password suggestions to assist in identifying
Management (BLM), Department of the
authorization. significant environmental issues and in
Interior (DOI).
determining the scope of this PEIS. The
RETENTION AND DISPOSAL: ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a
public scoping period starts with the
Disposition pending (until the programmatic environmental impact
publication of this notice in the Federal
National Archives and Records statement, amend relevant agency land
Register and will continue until
Administration has approved retention use plans, conduct public scoping
November 28, 2005. Written and oral
and disposition of these records, treat as meetings, and notice of floodplain and
comments will be given equal weight,
permanent). wetlands involvement.
and the Agencies will consider all
SYSTEM MANAGER(S) AND ADDRESS: SUMMARY: Section 368 of the Energy comments received or postmarked by
Commander, Communication— Policy Act of 2005 (the Act), Public Law November 28, 2005 in defining the
Electronics Life Cycle Management 109–58 (H.R. 6), enacted August 8, 2005, scope of this PEIS. Comments received
Command, ATTN: CE–LCMC SPO, Fort directs the Secretaries of Agriculture, or postmarked after that date will be
Monmouth, NJ 07703–5000. Commerce, Defense, Energy, and the considered to the extent practicable.
Interior (the Agencies) to designate Dates for the public scoping meetings
NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE: under their respective authorities are:
Individuals seeking to determine corridors on Federal land in the 11 1. October 25, 2005, Denver, Colorado
whether information about themselves Western States for oil, gas and hydrogen 2. October 26, 2005, Albuquerque, New
is contained in this system should pipelines and electricity transmission Mexico
address written inquiries to the and distribution facilities (energy 3. October 26, 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah
appropriate administrative office of corridors). The Agencies have 4. October 27, 2005, Cheyenne,
their employing agency. determined that designating corridors as Wyoming
For verification purposes, individual required by Section 368 of the Act 5. October 27, 2005, Helena, Montana
should provide full name, SSN, constitutes a major Federal action which 6. November 1, 2005, Boise, Idaho
sufficient details to permit locating may have a significant impact upon the 7. November 1, 2005, Sacramento,
pertinent records, and signature. environment within the meaning of the California
National Environmental Policy Act of 8. November 2, 2005, Las Vegas, Nevada
1969 (NEPA). For this reason, the 9. November 2, 2005, Portland, Oregon
Individuals seeking access to 10. November 3, 2005, Phoenix, Arizona
Agencies intend to prepare a
information about themselves contained 11. November 3, 2005, Seattle,
programmatic environmental impact
in this system should address written Washington
statement (PEIS) entitled, ‘‘Designation
inquiries to the appropriate The Agencies will announce the times
of Energy Corridors on Federal Land in
administrative office of their employing and locations of the public meetings
the 11 Western States’’ (DOE/EIS–0386)
agency. through the local media, newsletters,
to address the environmental impacts
For verification purposes, individual and the project Web site (http://
from the proposed action and the range
should provide full name, SSN, at least 15 days
of reasonable alternatives. DOE and
sufficient details to permit locating prior to the meeting.
BLM will be co-lead agencies for this
pertinent records, and signature. Requests to speak at a public scoping
effort, with the Department of
CONTESTING RECORDS PROCEDURES: Agriculture’s Forest Service (FS) meeting(s) should be received by Julia
participating as a cooperating agency. Souder at the addresses indicated below
The Army’s rules for accessing
The purpose of this Notice of Intent on or before October 18, 2005. Requests
records, and for contesting contents and
is to inform the public about the to speak may also be made at the time
appealing initial agency determinations
proposed action, announce plans to of registration for the scoping
are contained in Army Regulation 340–
conduct 11 public scoping meetings, meeting(s). However, persons who
21; 32 CFR part 505; or may be obtained
invite public participation in the submitted advance requests to speak
from the system manager.
scoping process, and solicit public will be given priority if time should be
RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES: comments for consideration in limited during the meetings.
Individuals, their employers, travel establishing the scope and content of ADDRESSES: Comments or suggestions
documentation, and service providers. the PEIS. Because the proposed action on the scope of the PEIS and requests to

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speak at the scoping meeting(s) should reviews that may be required to Steering Group—Western
be sent to: Julia Souder by mail at U.S. complete the designations of such Interconnection; Colorado Coordinating
Department of Energy, Office of corridors; and (3) incorporate the Planning Group; the Northwest
Electricity Delivery and Energy designated corridors into the relevant Transmission Assessment Committee;
Reliability, 1000 Independence Avenue, agency land use and resource the Southwest Area Transmission
SW., Washington, DC 20585; by management plans or equivalent plans’’. Study; the Southwest Transmission
facsimile at (202) 586–1472 or phone at See Pub. L. 109–59 § 368(a)(1)–(3). Expansion Plan; and the Rocky
(202) 586–9052. Section 368 divides the Agencies’ Mountain Area Transmission Study.
Please note that regular postal mail to schedules for designating transmission The scoping process will afford other
DOE tends to be delayed because of corridors on public lands into two stakeholders such as environmental
anthrax screening. In order to avoid groups: (1) ‘‘Western States’’, consisting groups, counties, states, Native
these delays, if you wish to comment or of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, American tribes, and interested citizens
request to speak at the scoping Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, an opportunity to propose new
meeting(s) by mail, we suggest that your Utah, Washington, and Wyoming; and corridors. The Agencies will use this
submission be sent by using overnight (2) all other states. This PEIS relates information to identify new energy
service, or that your letter first be sent solely to corridors in the Western States. corridors that will be analyzed in the
to us by facsimile or electronic mail, PEIS.
Proposed Action and Alternatives
and then followed by regular mailing of Optimization Criteria Alternative
the original documents. The Proposed Action in this PEIS is
to designate corridors on Federal land in Under the Optimization Criteria
the eleven Western States for oil, gas alternative, the Agencies will assess the
information on the proposed project or
and hydrogen pipelines and electricity impacts of new energy corridors that
to receive a copy of the Draft PEIS when
transmission and distribution facilities. will be identified through a combination
it is issued, contact Julia Souder by any
Based upon the information and of new and existing corridors based on
of the means indicated in the ADDRESSES
analyses developed in this PEIS, each a set of criteria and strategies that
section of this notice. A complete
Agency would amend its respective incorporate environmental concerns,
description of the proposed action also
land use plans by designating a series of projected supply and demand, network
may be found on the project Web site at
energy corridors effective upon signing efficiencies, landscape features, the
of the Record(s) of Decision. availability of new technologies, and
For general information on the DOE
NEPA process please contact: Carol M. No Action Alternative The Agencies will consider any
Borgstrom, Director, Office of NEPA additional reasonable alternatives that
Under the No Action alternative, no
Policy and Compliance (EH–42), U.S. result from comments received in
new energy corridors would be
Department of Energy, 1000 response to the scoping process
designated through this coordinated
Independence Avenue, SW., described in this notice.
approach. The No Action alternative
Washington, DC 20585–0119, Phone:
will identify the environmental impacts Identification of Environmental Issues
202–586–4600; or leave a message at 1–
associated with each of the Agencies
800–472–2756; Facsimile: 202–586– Note that environmental issues
continuing to designate energy corridors
7031. identified should be related to:
through use of their present practices.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: These practices would include the Restriction of conflicting uses within
application of local planning criteria by the corridors, adequacy of potential plan
Background and Need for Agency direction within the corridors, any
Action each regional land management office.
identifiable environmental concerns
Section 368 of the Act, entitled Increased Utilization Alternative within the potential corridors. Any
‘‘Energy Right-of-Way Corridors on Under the Increased Utilization corridor designation, and subsequent
Federal Land,’’ and specifically alternative, the Agencies will assess the incorporation into an agencies land use
subsection 368(d) require the Agencies environmental impacts associated with plan by this plan amendment process
to designate energy corridors, taking increasing the capacity of existing does not, itself, authorize project
into account the ‘‘need for upgraded and energy corridors through the application activities. Any new proposed project
new electricity transmission and of new technologies and/or operational activities, such as construction of a new
distribution facilities’’ in order to techniques. This alternative will assesss pipeline or electric transmission line or
‘‘improve reliability,’’ ‘‘relieve the impacts of developing multiple retrofitting utilities within an existing
congestion,’’ and ‘‘enhance the projects within existing corridors and corridor, would be analyzed in
capability of the national grid to deliver rights-of-way and the application of new subsequent NEPA analyses which
electricity.’’ See Electricity technologies to increase the energy would also involve public notice and
Modernization Act, Pub. L. 109–58 (H.R. capacities of existing facilities within comment. This PEIS is for corridor
6) section 368(d)(1)–(3). Section 368 those corridors. designation only.
applies only to Federal lands. The purpose of this notice is to solicit
Specifically, Section 368 requires the New Corridor Alternative comments and suggestions for
Agencies to cooperate using their Under the New Corridor alternative, consideration in the preparation of the
respective authorities to (1) ‘‘designate the Agencies will assess the impacts PEIS. As background for public
corridors for oil, gas, and hydrogen associated with designating new energy comment, this notice contains a list of
pipelines and electricity transmission corridors on Federal land. A potential environmental issues that the
and distribution facilities on Federal preliminary set of new corridors will be Agencies have tentatively identified for
land in the eleven contiguous Western identified through information obtained analysis. This list is not intended to be
States (as defined in Section 103(o) of through scoping as well as information all-inclusive or to imply any
the Federal Land Policy and from the energy transport industry predetermination of impacts. Following
Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. including, but not limited to: The is a preliminary list of issues that may
1702(o)); (2) perform any environmental Western Utility Group; the Seams be analyzed in the PEIS:

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(1) Socioeconomic and recreational Oral, written, and electronic (i.e., by Extended: The public scoping period
impacts of development of the land facsimile or by e-mail) comments will is extended by 2 weeks to October 28,
tracts and their subsequent uses; be impartially considered and given 2005.
(2) Impacts on protected, threatened, equal weight by the Agencies. Cancelled: The public scoping
endangered, or sensitive species of A complete transcript of the public meeting at Hattiesburg, Mississippi,
animals or plants, or their critical scoping meetings will be retained by the originally scheduled on October 4, 2005,
habitats; Agencies and made available to the is cancelled.
(3) Impacts on floodplains and public for review on the DOE Web site Cancelled: The public scoping
wetlands; at, on the meeting at Pascagoula, Mississippi,
(4) Impacts on archaeological, project Web site at http:// originally scheduled on October 5, 2005,
cultural, or historic resources;, and during business is cancelled.
(5) Impacts on human health and hours at the Department of Energy, Rescheduled: The public scoping
safety; Freedom of Information Reading Room, meeting at Houma, Louisiana, originally
(6) Impacts on existing and future Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence scheduled on October 6, 2005 has been
land uses; Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. rescheduled to October 19, 2005, at the
(7) Visual impacts; and Draft PEIS Schedule and Availability Ramada Inn, 1400 West Tunnel
(8) Disproportionately high and Boulevard, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
adverse impacts on minority and low- The Draft PEIS is scheduled to be Telephone: (985) 879–4871.
income populations, also known as issued in early spring 2006. The No Change to Original Schedule: The
environmental justice considerations. availability of the Draft PEIS and dates public scoping meeting at Lake Jackson,
for public hearings soliciting comments Texas, will take place as originally
Scoping Process on it will be announced in the Federal scheduled on October 11, 2005, 7 p.m.
Interested parties are invited to Register and local media. Comments on to 9 p.m. at the Cherotel Brazosport
participate in the scoping process, both the Draft PEIS will be considered in Hotel and Conference Center, 925 Hwy
to refine the preliminary alternatives preparing the Final PEIS. 332. Telephone: (979) 297–1161.
and environmental issues to be analyzed Those interested parties who do not New Public Scoping Meeting: A public
in depth and to eliminate from detailed wish to submit comments at this time, scoping meeting will be held at Jackson,
study those alternatives and but who would like to receive a copy of Mississippi, on October 18, 2005, 7 p.m.
environmental issues that are not the Draft PEIS and other project to 9 p.m. at the Jackson Marriott
feasible or pertinent. The scoping materials, please contact Julia Souder as Downtown, 200 East Amite Street.
process is intended to involve all provided in the ADDRESSES section of Telephone: (601) 969–5100.
interested agencies (Federal, State, this notice.
county, and local), public interest FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
groups, Native American tribes, Tom Lonnie, Comments or suggestions on the scope
businesses, and members of the public. Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty and and content of the EIS and requests to
Public scoping meetings will be held as Resource Protection, Bureau of Land speak at the scoping meetings should be
Management. directed to Donald Silawsky, Office of
indicated above under the DATES and
ADDRESSES sections. These scoping John Spitaleri Shaw, Petroleum Reserves (FE–47), U.S.
meetings will be informal. The Assistant Secretary for Environment, Safety Department of Energy, 1000
presiding officer will establish only and Health, Department of Energy. Independence Avenue, SW.,
those procedures needed to ensure that [FR Doc. 05–19375 Filed 9–27–05; 8:45 am] Washington, DC 20585–0301; telephone:
everyone who wishes to speak has a BILLING CODE 6450–01–P (202) 586–1892; fax: (202) 586–4446; or
chance to do so and that the Agencies electronic mail at
understand all issues and comments.
Speakers will be allocated DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Envelopes and the subject line of e-
approximately 5 minutes for their oral mails or faxes should be labeled
Environmental Impact Statement: Site ‘‘Scoping for the SPR EIS.’’ Please note
statements. Depending upon the number
Selection for the Expansion of the that conventional mail to DOE may be
of persons wishing to speak, the
Strategic Petroleum Reserve delayed by anthrax screening.
presiding officer may allow longer times
for representatives of organizations. AGENCY: Department of Energy (DOE). For information on the proposed
Consequently, persons wishing to speak project or to receive a copy of the Draft
on behalf of an organization should ACTION:Notice to extend the public EIS when it is issued, contact Donald
identify that organization in their scoping period and reschedule public Silawsky by any of the means listed
request to speak. Persons who have not scoping meetings. above. Additional information may also
submitted a request to speak in advance be found on the DOE Fossil Energy
SUMMARY: Due to the extraordinary
may register to speak at the scoping Strategic Petroleum Reserve proposed
circumstances created by Hurricane expansion Web site at http://
meeting(s), but advance requests are
Katrina in the region where the
encouraged. Meetings will begin at the
proposed action and public scoping tl_spr_noi.html.
times specified and will continue until
meetings will take place, DOE has
all those present who wish to For information on the DOE NEPA
extended the public scoping period and
participate have had an opportunity to process, contact Carol M. Borgstrom,
revised the dates and locations of the
do so. Should any speaker desire to Director, Office of NEPA Policy and
public scoping meetings originally
provide for the record further Compliance (EH–42), U.S. Department
announced in the Notice of Intent to
information that cannot be presented of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue,
Prepare an Environmental Impact
within the designated time, such SW., Washington, DC 20585–0119;
Statement (70 FR 52088; September 1,
additional information may be telephone: (202) 586–4600; fax: (202)
submitted in writing by the date listed 586–7031; or leave a toll-free message
in the DATES section. DATES: at: (800) 472–2756.

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