Notice: Notice and Opportunity to Comment on Requests for Consistency – Manchester Terminals

February 09, 2018

February 09, 2018 17:00PM

Coastal Coordination Advisory Committee



On January 10, 1997, the State of Texas received federal approval of the Coastal Management Program (CMP) (62 Federal Register pp. 1439 - 1440). Under federal law, federal agency activities and actions affecting the Texas coastal zone must be consistent with the CMP goals and policies identified in 31 TAC Chapter 501. Requests for federal consistency review were deemed administratively complete for the following project(s) during the period of November 6, 2017 to November 22, 2017.  As required by federal law, the public is given an opportunity to comment on the consistency of proposed activities in the coastal zone undertaken or authorized by federal agencies.  Pursuant to 31 TAC §§506.25, 506.32, and 506.41, the public comment period extends 30 days from the date published on the Texas General Land Office web site. The notice was published on the web site on Friday, February 9, 2018.  The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 12, 2018.

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:

Applicant: Manchester Terminals

Location:  The project site is located in the Houston Ship Channel (HSC) and Sims Bayou at 10000 Manchester Street, in Houston, Harris County, Texas.

LATITUDE & LONGITUDE (NAD 83): 29.29312 -94.839

Project Description: The applicant is requesting maintenance dredging and to increase the depth of the previously authorized dredging. The applicant has stated that the purpose of the project is to create a deep-water berth. A 150 feet x 1,500 feet area will be dredged from its existing elevation of 35 feet to 41.29 feet MLLW (68,400 cubic yards) with one foot of over dredge on the Houston Ship Channel, and a 150 feet x 1,950 feet area will be dredged from its current elevation of 23 feet to 26.14 feet MLLW (24,000 cubic yards) with one foot of over dredge on Sims Bayou. Approximately 92,400 cubic yards of sandy clay will be hydraulically dredged using a cutter head and suction piping; however, some dredging will occur by means of mechanical dredging via a clam shell bucket. The applicant would also like to add bed leveling/silt blade dredging and water injection dredging to the list of approved dredging methods for this proposed permit modification. The applicant has also added the following approved disposal sites: Houston Spoils LLC, Lost Lake, Peggy Lake, Spilman Island, Alexander Island, and Atkinson Island.

Type of Application: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) permit application #SWG-1991-01836. This application will be reviewed pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Note: The consistency review for this project may be conducted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as part of its certification under §401 of the Clean Water Act.

CMP Project No: 18-1087-F1

Pursuant to §306(d)(14) of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C.A. §§1451-1464), as amended, interested parties are invited to submit comments on whether a proposed action or activity is or is not consistent with the Texas Coastal Management Program goals and policies and whether the action should be referred to the Land Commissioner for review.

Further information on the applications listed above, including a copy of the consistency certifications or consistency determinations for inspection, may be obtained from Ms. Allison Buchtien, P.O. Box 12873, Austin, Texas 78711-2873, or via email at federal.consistency@glo.texas.gov.  Comments should be sent to Ms. Buchtien at the above address or by email.


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