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Calhoun Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal and Pipeline Project Update
Southwest Region, August 13, 2007
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Corpus Christi ES staff reviewed and provided final comments on the Calhoun LNG Project in Lavaca Bay, near Point Comfort, Calhoun County, Texas. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the project which is to provide facilities for importing, storing, and vaporizing LNG and delivering natural gas via interstate and intrastate pipelines as well as supplying natural gas to Formosa Hydrocarbons Company and Formosa Plastics Corporation.  Terminal construction would permanently affect 73 acres of land and the pipeline would require approximately 97.7 acres for a permanent easement.  Approximately 2,700,000 cubic yards of sediment would be dredged for the marine terminal area and placed in bay placement areas, filling 11 acres of intertidal wetlands.  To minimize impacts of dredge material placement in the open bay, Calhoun LNG proposes to use the material to cap mercury contaminated sites and enhance the recovery of Lavaca Bay.  The pipeline would permanently impact approximately 2.63 acres of forested wetlands.  As forested wetlands mitigation, Calhoun LNG proposed inkind preservation or mitigation bank credits.  The dredge material placement plan and mitigation plan are draft and staff recommended finalization prior to issuance of the dredge and fill permit from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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