Notice: Notice and Opportunity to Comment on Requests for Consistency – Shell Oil Company
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, December 1, 2017. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: Shell Oil Company
Location: The project site is located on and around the Boggy Basin portion in the Houston Ship Channel (HSC) in Deer Park, Harris County, Texas.
LATITUDE & LONGITUDE (NAD 83): 29.7322 -94.045641
Project Description: The applicant is requesting permission to consolidate and extend their maintenance dredging authorizations for their facility (USACE Permit Nos. SWG-1999-02522 (formerly 10243 (6)) and SWG-1993-00615 (formerly 19823)) on the HSC under one authorization with one expiration date. Both previous permits had a total acreage of 51.4 acres, all of which are located in open water, and were issued to the same applicant with the projects adjacent to each other. The applicant is also requesting authorization for placement of the dredged material into the privately-owned East and West Jones Placement Area (EWJPA) to this new authorization.
In addition, applicant is requesting to perform intermittent silt blade maintenance dredging to previously authorized depths in all three areas. The applicant has stated in their application that they would like to use silt-blading in order to avoid existing infrastructure associated with ongoing dockside operations and that the material involved must remain within their authorized dredge footprint.
Type of Application: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) permit application #SWG-1999-02522. 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: 18-1074-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 email@example.com. Comments should be sent to Ms. Buchtien at the above address or by email.
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