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 18th, through June 24, 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 July 17, 2013. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on August 16, 2013
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: Oiltanking Beaumont
Location: The project site is located in the Neches River, at 6275 Highway 347, in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. The project can be located on the U.S.G.S quadrangle map titled: Beaumont East, Texas
Latitude: 30.035640; Longitude -94.035628 West
The applicant proposes to construct a ship berthing area adjacent to their existing docking facility. Activities include dredging 1.73 acres of tidal wetlands, 10.12 acres of non-tidal wetlands, 5.63 acres of open water, and 5.67 acres of uplands. The applicant proposed to dredge to a depth of -40 feet below mean low water, with a 2-foot overdredge. Approximately 1,442,000 cubic yards of material is proposed to be dredged during construction. In addition, the applicant proposes to clear 0.08 acre of tidal wetlands, and 0.72 acre of non-tidal wetlands. The applicant proposes to fill 0.39 acre of non-tidal wetlands and 0.05 acre of tidal wetlands to construct a revetment for erosion control. The applicant proposes to fill 0.05 acre of non-tidal wetland to construct a road and pipe rack.
The applicant proposes to construct a new finger pier dock in the dredged basin, with an 8,000-square-foot loading platform, a new roadway and pipe rack, a new concrete approachway and pipe rack, and associated mooring and breasting structures.
The applicant proposed to use dredge material beneficially by placing it in open water within the Rose City Marsh complex, or to place the material into dredge material placement areas 23, 24, or 25, depending on capacity and availability.
CMP Project No.: 13-1275-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 email@example.com. Comments should be sent to Ms. Land at the above address or by email.