Federal Consistency under the Coastal Zone Management Act; Delaware River Pipeline Relocation Project
[46 Pa.B. 7391]
[Saturday, November 19, 2016]
This notice is published under section 306(d)(14) of the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C.A. § 1455(d)(14)), regarding public participation during consistency determinations. The Department of Environmental Protection (Department), Coastal Resources Management Program has received notice that the Paulsboro Natural Gas Pipeline Company, LLC (PNGPC) is proposing the Delaware River Pipeline Relocation Project.
The PNGPC is seeking authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to relocate, replace, remove, in part, and abandon, in part, an existing approximately 2.6-mile 6-inch and 8-inch diameter natural gas pipeline extending across the Delaware River between Delaware County, PA and Gloucester County, NJ. Approximately 425 feet of pipeline will be removed from the Delaware River with additional sections removed from the property of the Philadelphia International Airport. All remaining portions of pipeline will be abandoned in place, sealed and grouted as required. Approximately 2.6 miles of new 12-inch and 24-inch pipeline will be constructed, including approximately 8,550 feet of pipeline crossing beneath the Delaware River by means of horizontal directional drilling. This project is being undertaken as directed by the USACE to accommodate the USACE's Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project.
This project is subject to Department review for Federal consistency because it is a Federal license and permit activity and will have reasonably foreseeable effects on the Commonwealth's coastal resources or uses.
In accordance with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regulations in 15 CFR Part 930, Subpart D (relating to consistency for activities requiring a Federal license or permit), the PNGPC has determined that the proposed activity will be conducted in a manner consistent with the applicable enforceable policies of the Commonwealth's NOAA-approved Coastal Resources Management Program. Interested parties may request a copy of the Federal Consistency Certification from the Department contact listed as follows.
Questions regarding this review should be directed to Matthew Walderon, Federal Consistency Coordinator, at (717) 772-2196 or RA-Fed_Consistency@pa.gov.
The Department will consider all comments received on or before December 5, 2016, before issuing a final Federal consistency concurrence or objection. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. Comments, including comments submitted by e-mail, must include the originator's name and address. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's online eComment system at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment. Written comments should be submitted by e-mail to email@example.com or by mail to the Department of Environmental Protection, Compacts and Commissions Office, 400 Market Street, P.O. Box 8465, Harrisburg, PA 17101-8465.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 16-1998. Filed for public inspection November 18, 2016, 9:00 a.m.]
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