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Notice: Notice and Opportunity to Comment on Requests for Consistency - Freeport LNG Development, L.P.


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December 11, 2013

December 11, 2013 17:00PM

Coastal Coordination Council



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, through December 9, 2013.  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 December 11, 2013.  The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on January 10, 2014.

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:

Applicant: Freeport LNG Development, L.P.

Location:  The Project is located in or close to the City of Freeport, in Brazoria County, Texas and consists of several components. The Liquefaction Plant and Phase II Developments are located at, and adjacent to, Freeport LNG’s existing Quintana Island Terminal (Terminal); the Pretreatment Facility is located approximately 2.5 miles north of the Terminal near the City of Oyster Creek, north of Highway 332 and east of County Road (CR) 690; and the Pipeline/Utility Line System is located between the Liquefaction Plant, Pretreatment Plant, Freeport LNG's existing Stratton Ridge underground storage facility adjacent to Farm-to-Market (FM) 523, and other receipt and delivery points in the area. The project can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle map entitled: Freeport, Texas.

CENTER OF PROJECT – LATITUDE & LONGITUDE (NAD 83): Latitude: 28.982761

North; Longitude: -95.309178 West.

Project Description:

This permit application covers three proposed development projects: the Liquefaction Project, the Phase II Project, and the Phase II Modification Project. Freeport LNG1 is seeking or has gained Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval. The Phase II Project was authorized by the FERC in 2006, but the proposed facilities at the company’s existing LNG import terminal on Quintana Island have not yet been constructed and certain design modifications have since been made. These modifications are embodied in the Phase II Modification Project as discussed in more detail below. FERC approval for the unmodified Phase II facilities, which continue to be identified under the Phase II Project, remains in place.

FERC approval for the Liquefaction Project and the Phase II Modification Project is anticipated in late 2013, pending completion of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will address both projects.

CMP Project No: 14-1208-F1

Type of Application:  This application will be reviewed pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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 federal.consistency@glo.texas.gov.  Comments should be sent to Mr. Newby at the above address or by email.

 


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Contacts

Kate Zultner
Consistency Review Specialist
Kate Zultner