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: Linc Energy Operations, Inc.
Location: The project site is located northeast of the Neches River and in the Nelda Stark Unit of the Lower Neches Wildlife Management Area, Orange County, Texas The project can be located on the U.S.G.S. quadrangle map entitled: Terry, Texas
Latitude: 30.06028 North; Longitude -93.94778 West.
Project Description: The applicant proposes to hydraulically and mechanically dredge a 122.92-acre area, consisting of linear channels to access various exploratory well sites. The site was formerly excavated and constructed as an oil exploration field which has since silted in due to lack of maintenance. The applicant proposes to excavate approximately 858,503 cubic yards of dredged material from 114 acres of unvegetated canals and 8.92 acres of wetlands, to re-open the canal system. The applicant proposed to place 394,901 cubic yards of dredged material onto 52.96 acres of dredged material banks and open water, to repair the banks, and to create containment levees for beneficial use of dredged material. The applicant also proposes to place 463,602 cubic yards of dredged material into open water to create a 143.37-acre beneficial use area. Hay bale weirs will be installed to allow for dewatering of the beneficial use area and for intertidal exchange during high tides.
CMP Project No.: 13-1194-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.