[Federal Register: June 17, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 116)]
[Page 35912]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Natural Gas Pipeline Right-of-Way Permit Application Crossing the 
San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge in Brazoria County, Texas

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of application.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and wildlife Service (Service) advises the 
public that Noble Energy, Inc., of Houston, Texas, has submitted an 
application to install a 4-inch nominal pipeline for transportation of 
natural gas across a portion of the San Bernard National Wildlife 
Refuge, Brazoria County, Texas, which would start from their well 
located outside of the refuge land. The proposed pipeline to convey the 
product from the well to tie in to an existing Texas Eastern 
Transmission (TET) gathering line is located 4,311 feet northwest of 
the surface location. Of the 4.311 feet, approximately 3,800 feet will 
traverse refuge lands. Noble plans to construct the pipeline by use of 
subsurface boring methodology 5 feet to 20 feet below the surface of 
the land. Noble plans to bore northwesterly a distance from the 
wellhead to a 70-foot by 75-foot temporary construction staging area, 
located at GPS coordinates X=3,116474.60 and Y=501,502.22 (NAD 27 
Datum) on refuge property; then turning more northwesterly, will bore 
the remaining distance to the existing TET gathering line located at 
GPS coordinates X=3,115,926.41 and Y=503,009.25 (NAD 27 Datum). A 
second 75-foot by 75-foot temporary construction staging area is 
proposed at the site for the pipeline tap and interconnect. At the 
interconnect point, approximately 25 feet from the centerline of the 
TET pipeline, a 30-foot by 30-foot extended use location, meter/valve 
facility, is proposed to be installed and fenced. An Environmental 
Analysis and Cultural Resources Review has been prepared and is on 
    This notice informs the public that the Service will be proceeding 
with the processing of the application, the compatibility determination 
and the approval processing which includes the preparation of the terms 
and conditions of the permit.

DATES: Written comments should be received on or before July 17, 2003 
to receive consideration by the Service.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to: Regional Director, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Realty, Attention: Lena V. 
Marie, P.O. Box 1306, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87103-1306, telephone 
number 505-248-7411 or FAX 505-248-6803

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Refuge Manager for the San Bernard 
National Wildlife Refuge has approved the route of the pipeline.
    Right-of-way applications for pipelines are to be filed in 
accordance with Section 28 of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 (30 
U.S.C.), as amended by the Act of November 16, 1973, (37 Stat. 576, 
Public Law 93-153).

    Dated: May 21, 2003.
Pat A. Langley,
Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 03-15269 Filed 6-16-03; 8:45 am]