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FERC RELEASES THE JORDAN COVE ENERGY AND PACIFIC CONNECTOR GAS PIPELINE PROJECT FINAL EIS

The Jordan Cove Energy and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Project Final EIS is now available for public review.  Digital copies of the Federal Register Notice and Final EIS documents are available for review and download under the documents tab located in the left column.  Copies are also available directly through the FERC eLibrary.  Search using the project docket numbers, CP17-494-000 or CP17-495-000.

BLM Roles and Responsibility
The BLM is a cooperating agency in the FERC EIS process.  The BLM has authority under the Mineral Leasing Act to issue ROW grants for natural gas pipelines crossing federal lands.  The US Forest Service and Bureau of Reclamation must concur with the right-of-way and are cooperating agencies.  The BLM proposes to amend the Southwestern Oregon Resource Management Plan and the Northwestern and Coastal Oregon Resource Management Plan to re-allocate all BLM lands within the proposed temporary use area and right-of-way to a District-Designated Reserve, with management direction to manage the lands for the purposes of the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Right-of-Way.

BLM Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendments and Preferred Alternative
BLM regulatory requirements at 43 CFR 1610.4-8 require that the BLM select and disclose in the Final EIS the preferred alternative and the Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendment(s).  As described above the Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendments designate all lands within the proposed temporary use area and right-of-way to a District-Designated Reserve, with management direction to manage the lands for the purposes of the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Right-of-Way.  The BLM preferred route and proposed action is identified in Section 2.1.1.1 of the Final EIS.

In addition, the BLM proposes to adopt a FERC-recommended route variation and condition into the Right-of-Way Grant.  These changes to the proposed action as analyzed in the FEIS would result in approximately 777 acres re-allocated compared to the approximately 885 acres that would be re-allocated under the proposed action as analyzed in the FEIS.  With the proposed adoption of this route variation and condition, the BLM identifies its Preferred Alternative as required by 43 CFR 1610.4-7.

Specifically, BLM would adopt the following route variation identified in the FEIS:

Blue Ridge Variation
 With adoption of this variation, approximately 41.8 miles of the proposed Pacific Connector pipeline route would cross Federal land administered by BLM Coos Bay, Roseburg, and Medford Districts and the Klamath Falls Field Office of the Lakeview District.  The proposed right-of-way would cross approximately 95.0 fewer acres of LSR and remove 16.4 fewer acres of northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) (NSO) nesting-roosting habitat and remove 10.4 fewer acres of overlapping Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) (MAMU) nesting habitat.

BLM would also adopt FERC recommended Condition #27 requiring adherence to USFWS-recommended timing restrictions within threshold distances of MAMU and NSO stands during construction, operations, and maintenance of the pipeline facilities.  Application of this stipulation would be included as a stipulation of the Right-of-Way Grant.

Opportunity for Protest of the Proposed Plan Amendments

BLM planning regulations state that any person who participated in the planning process and has an interest that is or may be adversely affected may protest the BLM’s Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendments.  A person who meets the conditions and files a protest must file the protest within 30 days of the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register, anticipated November 22, 2019.

This Final EIS includes the BLM Proposed Plan Amendments to the Northwest and Coastal Oregon Record of Decision and Resource Management Plan (2016) and the Southwestern Oregon Record of Decision and Resource Management Plan (2016) and Proposed Right-of Way Actions, in response to an Application for Right-of Way submitted by Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, LP.  In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the BLM Proposed Plan Amendments are subject to administrative protest.  The Proposed Plan Amendments are described in Section 2.1.1.1 of the Final EIS and incorporate several specific FERC-recommended route variations and conditions.  BLM planning regulations at 43 CFR 1610.5-2 describe the protest procedures and state that any person who meets the conditions may protest the BLM’s Proposed RMP Amendments.

The FERC-prepared Final EIS is available on the FERC docket and on BLM’s ePlanning project website at https://go.usa.gov/xEt7B.  Click the Documents link on the left side of the screen to find the electronic version of these materials.
All protests must be in writing and filed with the BLM Director, either as a hard copy or electronically via the BLM’s ePlanning project website listed previously.  To submit a protest electronically, go to the ePlanning project website and select the submit comment button.  After entering your contact information, you may enter your protest in the text box provided or attach a file.  If submitting a protest in hard copy, it must be mailed to one of the following addresses:
 
Regular Mail:                                       Overnight Delivery:
BLM Director (210)                             BLM Director (210)                                        
Attention:  Protest Coordinator           Attention:  Protest Coordinator          
P.O. Box 71383                                  20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM
Washington, D.C.  20024-1383          Washington, D.C.  20003      
 
Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM regarding the Proposed Plan Amendments may be found online at https://www.blm.gov/programs/planning-and-nepa/public-participation/filing a plan-protest and at 43 CFR 1610.5-2.  All protests must be in writing and mailed to the appropriate address or submitted electronically through the BLM ePlanning project website as described above.  Protests submitted electronically by any means other than the ePlanning project website protest section will be invalid unless a protest is also submitted in hard copy.  Protests submitted by fax will also be invalid unless also submitted either through ePlanning project website protest section or in hard copy.

Before including your phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, you should be aware that your entire protest – including your personally identifiable information – may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your protest to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Updated 11/15/2019
 
 
 
 
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