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
VIEW ATTACHMENTS FOLLOWING PUBLIC NOTICE
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.
Mr. James Little
7400 Leake Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118-3651
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).
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
Attachment 1, Project Mapping
Attachment 2, Waters of US Impact Tables
Attachment 3, EngForm 4345
Attachment 4, Preliminary Jurisdictional Determination
Attachment 5, Wetland Report
Attachment 6, Threatened and Endangered Species Report
Attachment 7, Cultural Resources Report
Attachment 8, Environmental Plans
Attachment 9, Alternative Analysis
Attachment 10, Impacted Landowners
Attachment 11, LRAM Table
Attachment 12, Special Conditions
Attachment 13, Route Modifications
Application Cover Letter