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Public Notice

PUBLIC HEARING AND REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON A WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION AND DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY (DA) PERMIT APPLICATION

BAYOU BRIDGE PIPELINE, LLC AI 203160

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The LDEQ, Office of Environmental Services, and USACE, CEMVN will conduct a public hearing to receive comments on a water quality certification and Department of Army (DA) permit application prepared for Bayou Bridge Pipeline, LLC, 1300 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002 for the Bayou Bridge Pipeline Project. The project as proposed is a new 24-inch diameter crude oil pipeline that will commence south of Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish and will terminate near St. James Parish. The 162.52 miles of pipe will consist of a 161.40-mile mainline, a 1.12-mile lateral, a pump station near milepost (MP) 42.80 in Jefferson Davis Parish and a pump station at MP 99.40 in St. Martin Parish. The proposed pipeline is located in Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis, Acadia, Vermilion, Lafayette, Iberia, St. Martin, Iberville, Ascension, Assumption, and St. James parishes. The project is located in the following eight watersheds: Lower Calcasieu (08080206), Mermentau (08080202), Vermilion (08080103), Bayou Teche (08090302), Atchafalaya (08080101), Lower Grand (08070300), West Central Louisiana Coastal (08090302), and East Central Louisiana Coastal (08090301).   
 
The hearing will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2017, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the Oliver Pollock Room of the Galvez Building, 602 North 5th Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802. During the hearing, all interested persons will have an opportunity to present oral statements, views, recommendations, opinions and information on the proposed permit. Additionally, written statements and other documents such as charts, data, and tabulations may be filed with the hearing officer at the hearing. . During the hearing, all interested persons will have an opportunity to present oral statements, views, recommendations, opinions and information on the proposed permit. Additionally, written statements and other documents such as charts, data, and tabulations may be filed with the hearing officer at the hearing.
 
Bayou Bridge Pipeline, LLC, proposes to temporarily impact approximately 453.96 acres of jurisdictional wetlands and 42.14 acres of other waters of the U.S. In addition, approximately 158.80 acres of jurisdictional wetlands will be permanently converted to non-forested wetlands within the pipeline right-of-way. The project will result in the loss of 0.03 acre of wetlands and 0.03 acre of other waters of the U.S. as the result of the installation of culverts along permanent access roads. The installation of culverts will result in the placement of 21.50 cubic yards of fill material (clean fill/rock material and concrete culverts) in wetlands and 36.22 cubic yards of fill material in other waters of the U.S. Construction of the two pump stations and other ancillary facilities located along the pipeline will not result in the placement of fill in jurisdictional wetlands or other waters of the U.S.
 
The public hearing will be conducted in accordance with 33 CFR Part 327; and with La. R.S. 30:2017, which addresses the authority of the hearing officer and provides for the order in which speakers will be allowed to speak. A hearing officer will preside over the public hearing. This will be a formal hearing for the purpose of gathering facts and information. It will not include a “question and answer” component. In accordance with La. R.S. 30:2016 and 33 CFR 327.8(e), the hearing will be transcribed and become a part of the official public record.
 
Comments and requests for notification of the final decision on the Water Quality Certification can be submitted via personal delivery, U.S. mail, email, or fax. Comments on the water quality certification must be received by 4:30 pm CST, Monday, January 16, 2017.  Delivery may be made to the drop-box at 602 N. 5th St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802. U.S. Mail may be sent to LDEQ, Public Participation Group, P.O. Box 4313, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4313. Emails may be submitted to  Delivery may be made to the drop-box at 602 N. 5 St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802. U.S. Mail may be sent to LDEQ, Public Participation Group, P.O. Box 4313, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4313. Emails may be submitted to DEQ.PUBLICNOTICES@LA.GOV and faxes sent to (225) 219-3309.
 
Comments on the DA permit application can be submitted via personal delivery, U.S. mail, email or fax as indicated below. Comments on the DA permit application will be accepted through 2400 hours (12:00 am CST) on Monday, January 16, 2017.
 
USACE, CEMVN
Mr. James Little
Regulatory Branch
7400 Leake Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118-3651
 
Fax: (225)342-9439
 
Please see additional LDEQ instructions for comment submission, hand delivery and information regarding electronic submission at http://www.deq.louisiana.gov/portal/Default.aspx?tabid=2256 or call (225) 219-3276. Emails should follow the statewide email policies. For more information regarding statewide email policies, go to http://doa.louisiana.gov/ocs/email/policies.htm.
 
A written response to all public comments will be prepared at the time of the final decision on the Water Quality Certification. LDEQ will send notification of the final decision on the Water Quality Certification to the applicant and to each person who has submitted written comments or a written request for notification of the final decision. Final individual permit decisions are posted on the CEMVN website at: http://geo.usace.army.mil/egis/f?p=340:2:0::NO:RP
 
The water quality certification and DA permit application are available for review at the LDEQ, Public Records Center, Room 127, 602 North 5th Street, Baton Rouge, LA. Viewing hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except holidays). The available information can also be accessed electronically on the Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) on the DEQ public website at www.deq.louisiana.gov
 
Individuals with a disability, who need an accommodation in order to participate in the public hearing, should contact Beth Altazan at the above address or by phone at (225) 219-3283.
 
Inquiries or requests for additional information regarding this action should be directed to Elizabeth Hill, LDEQ, Water Permits Division, P.O. Box 4313, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4313, phone (225) 219-3225, orJames Little, USACE-MVN, Regulatory Branch, 7400 Leake Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118-3651, (225) 342-3099.
 
Persons wishing to be included on the LDEQ permit public notice mailing list or for other public participation related questions should contact the Public Participation Group in writing at LDEQ, P.O. Box 4313, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4313, by email at DEQ.PUBLICNOTICES@LA.GOV or contact the LDEQ Customer Service Center at (225) 219-LDEQ (219-5337).
 
The public notice for the Water Quality Certification and DA permit application can be viewed at the LDEQ permits public notice webpage at www.deq.louisiana.gov/apps/pubNotice/default.asp and general information related to the public participation in permitting activities can be viewed at www.deq.louisiana.gov/portal/tabid/2198/Default.aspx.
 
Alternatively, individuals may elect to receive the permit public notices via email by subscribing to the LDEQ permits public notice List Server at http://louisiana.gov/Services/Email_Notifications_DEQ_PN/
 
All correspondence should specify AI Number 203160 Permit Number MVN-2015-02295-WII, and Activity Number CER20160001.
 
Scheduled Publication Dates:
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Teche News
Thursday, December 8, 2016 -  Plaquemine Post-South, Gonzales Weekly Citizen, Rayne Acadian-Tribune, Assumption                                                       Pioneer, News Examiner-Enterprise
Friday, December 9, 2016      Advertiser, Daily Iberian, Abbeville Meridonial, Jennings Daily News, American Press,                                                        Advocate
 

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