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 June 10th, through June 17, 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 June 19, 2013. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on July 19, 2013.
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: Corpus Christi Liquefaction LLC, and Cheniere Corpus Christi Pipeline LP Location: The project site is located adjacent to the LaQuinta Turning Basin of the LaQuinta Channel on the northern shore of Corpus Christi Bay, approximately 2 miles south of Gregory, in Nueces and San Patricio Counties, Texas. The project can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle map entitled: Ingleside, Texas.
Latitude: 27.88503 North; Longitude -97.27047 West.
Project Description: The applicant proposes to amend their existing permit to construct an LNG export facility in lieu of the currently authorized import facility. The facility would consist of a dual LNG vessel berth with associated docks, and a construction dock for loading/offloading. Approximately 4.8 million cubic yards of sand/clay material would be dredged by hydraulic and mechanical means for construction of the facility. Dredged material would be placed in one of two nearby upland confined dredged material placement areas (DMPAs). Permanent total impacts for the revised project would be 27.45 acres, which include 9.17 acres of seagrass, 6.72 acres of black mangrove, 5.91 acres of smooth cordgrass, 0.99 acres of vegetated tidal flats, and 2.76 acres of non-vegetated tidal flats, from filling, dredging, a pipeline, and overwater structures. This is an additional 12.67 acres of permanent jurisdictional impacts over what was authorized for the original project design. A 23-mile-long 48-inch-diameter pipeline to convey natural gas to the facility would also be constructed. This portion of the project is unchanged from the original authorization. Less than 0.01 acre of wetlands will be permanently impacted by construction of the pipeline. There would be no temporary loss of wetlands due to pipeline construction. No wetlands would be converted from one type to another wetland type. All water bodies within the pipeline route would be crossed with open-cut or bore method and would be restored to pre-construction status.
CMP Project No.: 13-1167-F1
Type of Application: U.S.A.C.E. permit application #SWG-2012-00381 is being evaluated under §10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and §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 Ms. Sheri Land, Director, P.O. Box 12873, Austin, Texas 78711-2873, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments should be sent to Ms. Land at the above address or by email.