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 27, through January 6, 2014. 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 January 8, 2014. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on February 7, 2014.
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: Enterprise Products Operating LLC
Location: The project site is located in the Neches River, at Channel Marker
710+00, on the border of Jefferson and Orange Counties, Texas. The project can be
located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle map titled: TX-BEAUMONT EAST, Texas.
LATITUDE & LONGITUDE (NAD 83):
Latitude: 30.03688° North; Longitude: -94.0302° West
Project Description: The applicant proposes to construct a ship berthing facility for the loading of Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGCs) with propane delivered via pipeline from the Enterprise, Mont Belvieu Facility. The proposed project would involve dredging a 12-acre area (comprised of 6.4 acres of uplands, 0.15 acre wetlands, 5.6 acres of open water, and 950 linear feet of ephemeral streams) to a depth of -40 feet Mean Low Low Water (MLLW). The dredge profile would consist of a 3:1 slope to the newly established shoreline. The proposed dredging would displace approximately 550,000 cubic yards of dredged material.
The applicant is proposing to utilize the following Dredged Material Placement Areas (DMPAs): TPWD’s Bessie Heights beneficial use area located within the Nelda Stark Unit, DMPA No. 24, and DMPA No. 25. The docking structures would consist of a 140-by 50-foot pile-supported loading platform with an attached trestle, seven pile-supported pipe racks, a fire pump house, four breasting structures, and six mooring structures. The proposed work would temporarily impact 0.64 acre of palustrine emergent wetlands (PEM) and permanently convert 0.15 acre of PEM wetlands to open water. The proposed work would also convert the 5 ephemeral streams located in the boundary of the proposed dredge work to open water.
CMP Project No: 14-1264-F1
Type of Application: U.S.A.C.E. permit application #SWG-2013-00965. 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.
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 Mr. Ray Newby, P.O. Box 12873, Austin, Texas 78711-2873, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments should be sent to Mr. Newby at the above address or by email.