Notice and Opportunity to Comment on Requests for Consistency
Agreement/Concurrence Under the Texas Coastal Management Program
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 August 20, 2012, through August 30, 2012. 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 September 12, 2012. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on October 12, 2012.
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: Ballard Exploration Company, Inc.
Location: The project site is located in an unnamed water body, northwest of State Highway 87, 13.4 miles northeast of Port Arthur, in Orange County, Texas. The project can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle map entitled: Orangefield, Texas. NAD 83, Latitude: 30.0168472 North; Longitude: -93.8542361 West.
Project Description: The applicant proposes to construct, install, operate and maintain structures and equipment necessary for oil and gas drilling, and production activities. Such activities include placement of 16,567 cubic yards of fill material to construct a 2.41-acre drilling pad, and placement of 2,905 cubic yards of fill material to construct a 0.49-acre road and pull-over area. Depth at the project site is -1.02 feet below mean high water.
CMP Project No.: 12-0823-F1
Type of Application: U.S.A.C.E. permit application #SWG-2011-01221 is being evaluated under §10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C.A. §403) and §404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C.A. §1344).
Note: The consistency review for this project will be conducted by the Railroad Commission of Texas under §401 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C.A. §1344).
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. Kate Zultner, Consistency Review Specialist, P.O. Box 12873, Austin, Texas 78711-2873, or via email at email@example.com . Comments should be sent to Ms. Zultner at the above address or by email.