Notice: Notice and Opportunity to Comment on Requests for Consistency – Texas Eastern Transmission, LP and Pomelo Connector Pipeline, LLC

November 03, 2017

November 03, 2017 00:00AM

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 October 23, 2017 to October 30, 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, November 3, 2017.  The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:

Applicant: Texas Eastern Transmission, LP & Pomelo Connector Pipeline, LLC

Location: The project site is in Nueces, Brazoria, Chambers, Vidor and Matagorda Counties, Texas.

Project Description: Texas Eastern proposes to install, construct, own, and operate:  a new 8,400 horsepower (hp) gas turbine unit (Petronila Compressor Station) in Nueces County, Texas; a new 8,400 hp gas turbine unit at its existing  Blessing Compressor Station in Matagorda County, Texas; piping modifications at its existing Angleton Station property in Brazoria County, Texas; clean burn emission work and piping modifications at its existing Mont Belvieu Compressor Station in Chambers County, Texas; and piping modifications at its existing Vidor Compressor Station in Orange County, Texas.  These facilities are collectively referred to as the South Texas Expansion Project (STEP).  Texas Eastern amended their application to also install, construct, own, operate, and maintain:  a new tie-in to the Pomelo Connector Pipeline at Texas Eastern’s proposed Petronila Compressor Station; new gas release measurement (GRM) equipment and associated enclosures at its new Petronila, existing Mont Belvieu, and existing Vidor Compressor Stations; new gas coolers at its existing Blessing Compressor Station; and acquire (by lease) capacity on Pomelo’s proposed approximately 14-mile-long pipeline (which would interconnect with Texas Eastern’s proposed Petronila Compressor Station).  The amendment changes the Project’s targeted in-service date from May 1, 2017 to October 1, 2018.  It also removes the metering and regulating (M&R) station initially proposed for the Petronila Compressor Station site from STEP’s scope. Pomelo proposes to construct, own, and operate approximately 14 miles of 30-inch-dimeter pipeline, a new 5,000 hp compressor station (Pomelo Compressor Station), and approximately 0.2 mile of new 30-inch-diameter pipeline, and associated aboveground facilities in Nueces County.   Pomelo has requested to engage in certain construction, operation, maintenance, and abandonment activities under blanket construction certificate authorization, and has requested abandonment authorization enabling Pomelo to lease all of the capacity of the Pomelo Connector Pipeline to Texas Eastern upon the in-service date.   Together, these facilities are referred to as the Pomelo Connector Pipeline Project (Pomelo Project).  Together, these projects would provide capacity to transport up to 400,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) or 400 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of natural gas.

Type of Application: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Docket Nos. CP15-499-000, CP15-499-001; and CP17-26-000 which will be reviewed pursuant to Section 7(b) and Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and Part 157 of the Commission’s regulations to obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (Certificate) from the Commission and to abandon, construct, modify, and operate natural gas pipeline facilities in Texas.

CMP Project No: 18-1050-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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