[Federal Register: April 23, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 78)]
[Page 20015-20016]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Natural Gas Pipeline Right-of-Way Permit Application To Cross 
Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge

AGENCY: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, 

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) advises the 
public that Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company has applied for a right-of-
way easement for the installation of a 24'' O.D. welded steel pipeline 
across the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Hidalgo 
Bend Tract #354. The 0.79 mile right-of-way will consist of a 100 foot 
construction right-of-way, with additional work space of varying 
widths, which will revert to a 50 foot right-of-way 30 year easement. 
The project will temporarily impact 7.92 acres and the 30 year 
permanent easement area will comprise 4.92 acres. Notice of the 
complete project, which allows for bi-directional transportation

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of natural gas between the United States and Mexico, was previously 
published in the Federal Register on November 6, 1998, (63 FR 59,962) 
and an environmental assessment was subjected to public review. As a 
result, the applicant received authorization for the 9.3 mile pipeline 
project from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Docket No. 
CP99-29 pursuant to sections 157.205, 157.208 and 157.212 of the 
Commission's Regulations. In addition, a Natural Gas Act (NGA) Section 
3 Presidential Permit has been issued by the Secretary of State and the 
Secretary of Defense.
    This notice informs the public that this right-of-way application 
and associated documents is available for review.

DATES: Written comments should be received on or before May 24, 1999 to 
receive consideration by the service.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to: Regional Director, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 1306 (RE), Albuquerque, New Mexico 
87103-1306, Attention: Wanda McKean, Realty Specialist.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wanda McKean, Realty Specialist at the 
above Albuquerque, New Mexico address (505) 248-7415 or FAX (505) 248-

    Dated: April 16, 1999.
Stephen C. Helfert,
Acting Regional Director, Region 2, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
[FR Doc. 99-10189 Filed 4-22-99; 8:45 am]