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[FR Doc. 06–8609 Filed 10–10–06; 8:45 am] DATES: Department of State invites 11. November 14, 2006, 7 to 10 p.m.,
BILLING CODE 4710–27–C interested agencies, organization, and Abilene, Kansas, Abilene Convention &
members of the public to submit Visitor’s Bureau, Historical Train Depot,
comments or suggestions to assist in 210 NW 2nd Street, Abilene.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE identifying significant environmental 12. November 15, 2006, 7 to 10 p.m.,
issues and in determining the El Dorado, Kansas, El Dorado Civic
Notice of Intent To Prepare an appropriate scope of the EIS. The public Center, Main Meeting Room, 210 E.
Environmental Impact Statement and scoping period starts with the Central, El Dorado.
To Conduct Scoping Meetings and publication of this Notice in the Federal 13. November 16, 2006, 7 to 10 p.m.,
Notice of Floodplain and Wetland Register and will continue until Morrison, Oklahoma, Morrison Park
Involvement; Transcanada Keystone November 30, 2006. Written, electronic Pavillion, Hwy 64 & Casey Trail, (One
Pipeline, L.P. and oral comments will be given equal block from 7th Street), Morrison.
AGENCY: Department of State. weight and State will consider all The scoping meetings will be
comments received or postmarked by conducted in a workshop style. A court
ACTION: Notice of Intent to Prepare an reporter will be present and will accept
November 30th in defining the scope of
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) comments for the record.
this EIS. Comments received or
and to Conduct Public Scoping
postmarked after that date will be ADDRESSES: Written comments or
Meetings. Notice of Floodplain and
considered to the extent practicable. suggestions on the scope of the EIS
Wetlands Involvement.
During this public scoping period, the should be addressed to: Elizabeth
SUMMARY: TransCanada Keystone Department of State plans to use the Orlando, OES/ENV Room 2657, U.S.
Pipeline, L.P. has applied to the United scoping process to help identify Department of State, Washington, DC
States Department of State for a consulting parties and historic 20520. Comments may be submitted
Presidential Permit for the proposed preservation issues for consideration electronically to keystoneeis@state.gov.
construction, connection, operation, or under Section 106 of the National Public comments will be posted on the
maintenance, at the border of the United Historic Preservation Act and its Web site identified below.
States of facilities for the importation of implementing regulations (36 CFR Part FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For
petroleum from a foreign country. The 800). information on the proposed project or
Department of State receives and Dates and locations for the public to receive a copy of the Draft EIS when
considers applications for Presidential scoping meetings are: it is issued, contact Elizabeth Orlando at
Permits for such energy-related 1. October 24, 2006, 7 to 10 p.m., the address listed in the ADDRESSES
pipelines pursuant to authority Michigan, North Dakota, Michigan Civic section of this notice by electronic or
delegated to it by the President under Center, 113 Broadway N., Michigan. regular mail as listed above, or by
Executive Order 13337 of April 30, 2004 2. October 24, 2006, 7 to 10 p.m., telephone (202) 647–4284, or by fax at
(69 FR 25299). To issue a Permit, the Yankton, South Dakota, Minerva (202) 647–5947.
Department of State must find that Convention Centre at the Best Western, More information on the TransCanada
issuance would serve the national Kelley Inn, 1607 East Highway 50, Keystone Pipeline application for a
interest. It consults extensively with Yankton. Presidential Permit, including
concerned Federal and State agencies, 3. October 25, 2006, 7 to 10 p.m., associated maps and drawings will be
and invites public comment in arriving Lisbon, North Dakota, Commons Room, downloadable in its entirety from a Web
at its determination. With respect to the Lisbon High School, 502 Ash Street, site that is being established for this
application submitted by TransCanada Lisbon. purpose: http://
Keystone Pipeline, L.P., the Department 4. October 25, 2006, 7 to 10 p.m., www.keystonepipeline.state.gov (hosted
of State has concluded that the issuance Stanton, Nebraska, VFW Meeting Hall, by Entrix, Department of State’s
of the Presidential Permit would 1106 Veteran’s Avenue, Stanton. contractor to perform the EIS study).
constitute a major Federal action that 5. October 28, 2006, 7 to 10 p.m., This Web site is expected to be
may have a significant impact upon the Clark, South Dakota, Clark Community operational on or about October 20,
environment within the meaning of the Center, 120 N. Commercial Street, Clark. 2006. This Web site will accept public
National Environmental Policy Act of 6. October 28, 2006, 7 to 10 p.m., comments for the record.
1969 (NEPA). For this reason, Seward, Nebraska, Seward Civic Center, Department of State Presidential
Department of State intends to prepare Auditorium, 616 Bradford St., Seward. Permit information and process can also
an environmental impact statement 7. November 1, 2006, 7 to 10 p.m., St. be found at the above internet address.
(EIS) to address reasonably foreseeable Charles, Missouri, Commons Area, A TransCanada hosted project Web
impacts from the proposed action and Orchard Farm High School, 2165 site is also available at: http://
alternatives, to include the proposed Highway V, St. Charles. www.transcanada.com/keystone/
Cushing extension. 8. November 2, 2006, 7 to 10 p.m., index.html. The Keystone Project toll-
The purpose of this Notice of Intent Collinsville, Illinois, Gateway Center free number is: 1 (866) 717–7473
is to inform the public about the Marquette Room, One Gateway, Drive (United States and Canada).
proposed action, announce plans for (Highway 157 & Eastport Plaza Drive), SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
scoping meetings, invite public Collinsville.
participation in the scoping process, 9. November 8, 2006, 7 to 10 p.m., Background and Need for Agency
and solicit public comments for Carrollton, Missouri, Rupe Community Action
consideration in establishing the scope Building (Behind Fire Station, park on TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP
and content of the EIS. As the proposed north side of building, do not block fire (Keystone) proposes to construct and
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project may involve an action in a station) 710 Harvest Hills Road, operate an interstate crude oil pipeline
floodplain or wetland, the EIS will Carrollton. and related facilities from an oil supply
include a floodplain and wetlands 10. November 9, 2006, 7 to 10 p.m., hub near Hardisty, Alberta, in Canada,
assessment and floodplain statement of Seneca, Kansas, Nemaha Community to destinations in the United States. The
findings. Center, 1500 Community Drive, Seneca. proposed project, known as the

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Keystone Pipeline Project, initially independent environmental review New pump stations and remotely
would have the nominal capacity to process for the Canadian facilities. activated valves proposed to be located
deliver 435,000 barrels per day (bpd) of In the United States, the proposed along the pipeline route require
crude oil from the oil supply hub near Keystone pipeline consists of 1,023 electrical transmission power lines and
Hardisty to existing terminals at Wood miles of 30-inch pipe between the U.S.- facility upgrades in multiple locations
River (Madison County) and Patoka Canada border in Cavalier County, along its route. These proposed
(Marion County), Illinois. Additional North Dakota, and Wood River, Illinois, electrical components would be
pumping capacity could be added to and a 55-mile segment of 24-inch constructed and operated by local
increase the average throughput to pipeline between Wood River and power providers, not Keystone. The
591,000 bpd if market conditions Patoka, Illinois. In addition, Keystone construction and operation of these
warrant expansion in the future. may construct a 292-mile 36-inch facilities are considered connected
Keystone is considering the pipeline, referred to as the ‘‘Cushing actions under the National
construction of two pipeline extensions Extension’’, commencing in Platte Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and,
to take crude oil from terminals at Fort County near the Nebraska-Kansas border therefore, will be evaluated within the
Saskatchewan, Alberta, and deliver it to and terminating at existing crude oil EIS.
Cushing (Payne County), Oklahoma. terminals in Cushing (Payne County), Keystone proposes to begin
As initially proposed, the Keystone Oklahoma. construction of the pipeline in early
Pipeline Project would consist of Keystone proposes to construct the 2008. Proposed construction would
approximately 1,845 miles of pipeline, 30- and 36-inch pipelines within a 110- occur over an approximately 18-month
including about 767 miles in Canada foot-wide corridor, consisting of both a period. Construction of the proposed
and 1,078 miles within the United. temporary 60-foot-wide construction Cushing Extension, if undertaken, is
States traversing the States of North right-of-way (ROW) and a 50-foot anticipated to commence in 2009 and
Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, permanent ROW. In Illinois, where a require a 12-month period.
Missouri, Kansas and Illinois. The portion of the Keystone Pipeline is
proposed to be 24-inch pipeline, the Land Requirements
project is proposed to be located
primarily in rural areas, with more proposed project would be constructed It is estimated that construction of the
populated areas occurring around Troy within a 95-foot-wide corridor, project as proposed would cause
and St. Louis, Missouri and Wood River consisting of both a temporary 45-foot- approximately 16,272 acres of land to be
and Edwardsville, Illinois. These wide construction ROW and a 50-foot disturbed as temporary construction
distances would increase if the permanent ROW. Extra temporary workspace; which would be restored
proposed pipeline were extended to workspace would be required in some after construction is complete. In
Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, and/or locations, including stream, wetland addition, approximately 6,565 acres of
Cushing, Oklahoma. U.S. counties that and road crossings. land would be required as permanent
could possibly be affected by Above ground facilities for the ROW. Of that total, approximately 6,512
construction of the proposed pipeline, proposed Keystone pipeline include an acres are proposed to be restored and
including the proposed Cushing initial 23 pump stations and 45 returned to their previous use after
extension are: mainline valves located within the construction. As proposed,
North Dakota: Pembina, Cavalier, ROW. The pump stations would enable approximately 53 acres of permanent
Walsh, Nelson, Steele, Barnes, Ransom, Keystone to maintain the pressure ROW would not be restored but would
and Sargent. required to make crude oil deliveries. serve to provide adequate space for
South Dakota: Marshall, Day, Clark, Valves are proposed to be installed and above-ground facilities, including pump
Beadle, Kingsbury, Miner, Hanson, located as dictated by the hydraulic stations, valves, etc. for the life of the
McCook, Hutchinson, and Yankton; characteristics of the pipeline and as pipeline. As currently proposed, no
Nebraska: Cedar, Wayne, Stanton, required by Federal regulations. federally owned lands appear to be
Platte, Colfax, Butler, Seward, Saline, Construction of delivery metering and implicated; however, some federally
Jefferson, and Gage; other facilities at Wood River, Patoka, managed lands would be affected.
Kansas: Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, and Cushing would measure the amount If the proposed Cushing Extension
Washington, Clay, Dickinson, Marion, of product transported and delivered to were constructed as proposed, it is
Butler, Cowley and Doniphan; terminals. estimated that approximately 4,580
Missouri: Buchanan, Clinton, Above ground facilities for the acres of additional land would be
Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Randolph, proposed Cushing Extension include disturbed as temporary construction
Audrain, Montgomery, Lincoln, and St. facilities at Ponca City and 12 mainline workspace, which would be restored
Charles; valves within the ROW. The delivery after construction is complete.
Illinois: Madison, Bond, Fayette, facility is proposed to be located Approximately 1,789 acres of land
Marion; and adjacent to existing operational tanks in would be required as permanent ROW.
Oklahoma (under a possible future Ponca City and Cushing, Oklahoma. Of that total, approximately 1,778 acres
extension): Kay, Noble and Payne. It is estimated that approximately 163 are proposed to be restored and returned
In Canada, the project as proposed perennial waterbody crossings could to their previous use after construction.
would involve the transfer to Keystone occur during the proposed construction
of an existing 530 mile, 34-inch- of the Keystone mainline and 81 The EIS Process
diameter pipeline currently owned by perennial waterbody crossings could NEPA requires the Department of
TransCanada and conversion of that line occur on the proposed Cushing State to take into account the
to crude oil service; construction of a extension. Proposed major river environmental impacts that could result
new 237-mile pipeline extension from crossings include but are not limited to from the approval of a Presidential
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Hardisty to the existing pipeline; and the Missouri, Platte, Chariton, Cuivre Permit authorizing construction,
construction of a pipeline extension and Mississippi Rivers. Wetlands may operation, and maintenance of pipeline
from the existing pipeline to the U.S.- be crossed by the proposed route of the facilities for the importation of crude oil
Canada border. Appropriate regulatory main pipeline and the Cushing to be located at the international border
authorities in Canada will conduct an extension. of the United States and Canada. The

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Department of State will use the EIS to Currently Identified Environmental to attend these meetings and to present
assess the environmental impact that Issues comments on the environmental issues
could result if the Keystone Pipeline The EIS will discuss impacts that they believe should be addressed in the
Project is granted a Presidential Permit. could occur as a result of the EIS. Again, written comments are
NEPA also requires Department of construction, operation and considered with equal weight in the
State to identify concerns the public maintenance of the proposed project. process relative to those received in
may have about proposals under We have already identified several public scoping meetings.
consideration by the Department of issues that we think deserve attention. Issued in Washington, DC on October 4,
State. This process is referred to as This preliminary list of issues may be 2006.
‘‘scoping.’’ The main goal of the scoping changed based on public comments and David Brown,
process is to focus the analysis in the analysis. Director, Bureau of Oceans and International
EIS on the important environmental • The minimization of construction Environmental and Scientific Affairs/Office
issues. With this Notice of Intent, the rights-of-way and associated of Environmental Policy, U.S. Department of
Department of State is requesting public construction impacts. State.
comments on the scope of the issues to • Potential effects on prime farmland [FR Doc. E6–16807 Filed 10–10–06; 8:45 am]
be addressed in the EIS. All comments and soils with a high potential for BILLING CODE 4710–05–P
received during the scoping period will compaction.
be considered during preparation of the • Potential impacts to existing land
EIS. Comments received after the close uses, including residences, agricultural DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
of the comment period will be and managed forested lands.
considered to the extent practicable. • Potential impacts to perennial and Federal Highway Administration
In the EIS, Department of State will intermittent waterbodies, including [Docket No. FHWA–2006–25976]
discuss impacts that could occur as a waterbodies with Federal and/or State
result of the construction and operation designations. Agency Information Collection
of the proposed project under these • Evaluation of the potential for Activities: Request for Comments for a
general headings: temporary and permanent impacts on New Information Collection
• Geology and soils; wetlands.
• Water resources; • Potential impacts to fish and AGENCY: Federal Highway
• Fish, wildlife, and vegetation; wildlife habitat, including potential Administration (FHWA), DOT.
• Threatened and endangered impacts to federally and State-listed ACTION: Notice and request for
species; threatened and endangered species. comments.
• Cultural resources; • Potential impacts to wildlife
• Land use, recreation and special SUMMARY: The FHWA invites public
management areas.
comments about our request for the
interest areas; visual resources; • Potential impacts and benefits of
• Air quality and noise; Office of Management and Budget’s
construction workforce on local
• Socioeconomics; and (OMB) approval for a new information
housing, infrastructure, public services
• Reliability and safety. collection, which is summarized below
and economy.
under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. We
In the EIS, Department of State will • Public safety and potential hazards
also evaluate reasonable alternatives to are required to publish this notice in the
associated with the transport of crude
the proposed project or portions of the Federal Register by the Paperwork
oil.
Reduction Act of 1995.
project and make recommendations on • Alternative alignments for the
how to lessen or avoid impacts on pipeline route. DATES: Please submit comments by
affected resources. In addition, a ‘‘no • Assessment of the effect of the November 13, 2006.
action alternative’’ will be considered. proposed project when combined with ADDRESSES: You may send comments
The Department of State’s other past, present, or reasonably within 30 days to the Office of
independent analysis of the issues will foreseeable future actions in the project Information and Regulatory Affairs,
be included in a draft EIS. The draft EIS area. Office of Management and Budget, 725
will be published and mailed to relevant • Public Participation. 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC
Federal, State and local government You are encouraged to become 20503, Attention: DOT Desk Officer.
agencies, elected officials, involved in this process and provide You are asked to comment on any
environmental and public interest your specific comments or concerns aspect of this information collection,
groups, Native American tribes, affected about the proposed project. By including: (1) Whether the proposed
landowners, commentors, local becoming a commentor, your concerns collection is necessary for the FHWA’s
libraries, newspapers and other will be addressed in the EIS and performance; (2) the accuracy of the
interested parties. A 45-day comment considered by the Department of State. estimated burden; (3) ways for the
period will be allotted for review of the Your comments should focus on the FHWA to enhance the quality,
draft EIS. We will consider all timely potential environmental impacts, usefulness, and clarity of the collected
comments on the draft EIS and revise reasonable alternatives (including information; and (4) ways that the
the document, as necessary, before alternative facility sites and alternative burden could be minimized, including
issuing a final EIS. We will consider all pipeline routes), and measures to avoid the use of electronic technology,
comments on the final EIS before or lessen environmental impacts. The without reducing the quality of the
reaching a conclusion on whether to more specific your comments, the more collected information. All comments
grant Keystone a Presidential Permit useful they will be. should include the Docket number
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authorizing construction, operation, and The public scoping meetings FHWA–2006–25976.


maintenance of pipeline facilities for the identified above are designed to provide FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
importation of crude oil to be located at another opportunity to offer comments James March, 202–366–9237, or William
the international border of the United on the proposed project. Interested Linde, 202–366–9637, Office of
States and Canada. individuals and groups are encouraged Transportation Policy Studies, Federal

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