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Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Fayetteville/Greenville Expansion Project (Docket No. CP07-417-000)
Issued: November 16, 2007
FERC staff prepared a draft environmental impact statement for Texas Gas Transmission, LLC's (Texas Gas) Fayetteville/Greenville Expansion Project. The project includes expansion of Texas Gas's existing pipeline system by the construction and operation of about 166.2 miles of 36-inch-diameter pipeline in Faulkner, Cleburne, White, Woodruff, St. Francis, Lee, and Phillips Counties, Arkansas, and Coahoma County, Mississippi (Fayetteville Lateral); 96.4 miles of 36-inch-diameter pipeline in Washington, Sunflower, Humphreys, Holmes, and Attalla Counties, Mississippi (Greenville Lateral); 0.8 mile of 36-inch-diameter tie-in lateral and 0.4 mile of 20-inch-diameter tie-in lateral in Attalla County, Mississippi; the 10,650 horsepower Kosciusko Compressor Station in Attalla County, Mississippi; and related aboveground facilities along both laterals.
FERC's environmental staff concludes that the Fayetteville/Greenville Expansion Project with appropriate mitigating measures, as recommended, would have limited adverse environmental impact.
Staff concludes the project would be environmentally acceptable action (with appropriate mitigation) because:
- Texas Gas would implement our Upland Erosion Control, Revegetation, and Maintenance Plan, our Wetland and Waterbody Construction and Mitigation Procedures, Best Management Practices, Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures Plan, Hydrostatic Test Plan, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan, Exotic and Invasive Species Plan which would minimize and mitigate impacts to resources during construction and operation of the proposed Project;
- The Fayetteville Lateral would be collocated along existing rights-of-way for about 90.5 miles, or 54 percent, of its length;
- Horizontal directional drill construction methods would be used to cross many sensitive resources;
- The appropriate consultations with the NPS, USFWS, USACE, state historic preservation officers, other affected land management agencies, Native American tribes, and any appropriate compliance actions resulting from these consultations would be completed before Texas Gas would be allowed to begin construction in any given area; and
- Texas Gas would implement an environmental inspection and monitoring program that would ensure compliance with all proposed and recommended mitigation measures.
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FERC Commissioners will take into consideration staff's recommendations and the final EIS when they make a decision on the project.