[Federal Register: November 3, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 213)]
[Page 65390-65391]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R4-R-2008-N0283; 40135-8451-0000-P1]

Center Point Energy (CPE), Right-of-Way Permit Application To 
Cross Cache River National Wildlife Refuge, Jackson County, AR

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of application for a natural gas pipeline Right-of-Way.


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SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is soliciting public 
comment on a Right-of-Way (ROW) permit application submitted by Center 
Point Energy (CPE) to install a 4-inch natural gas pipeline in a 10-
feet wide by 850-feet wide right-of-way across a portion of the Cache 
River National Wildlife Refuge in Jackson County, Arkansas. 
Installation of the gas pipeline will require the issuance of a ROW 

DATE: Interested persons desiring to comment on this application must 
do so by December 3, 2008. We will consider public comments received or 
postmarked by that date.

ADDRESSES: Comments or requests for additional information should be 
addressed to Ms. Angela Thompson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
(Realty), 1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 420, Atlanta, Georgia 30345, 
telephone 404-679-7200; fax 404-679-7273 or e-mail to: angela_

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For copies of documents and to ask 
project questions, see ``Document Availability.''


A. Background

    The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is replacing an 
unsafe wooden bridge on County Road 51, Jackson County, Arkansas. The 
proposed right-of-way will require realignment of a 762-foot section of 
a 4-inch natural gas pipeline that runs beneath the eastern edge of the 
wooden bridge on County Road 51. To install the pipeline, CPE will 
utilize horizontal directional drilling to cross a section of the 
Refuge and the Cache River. The entry and exit pits will be located in 
the gravel roadbed; the northern pit will be 50 feet from the northern 
end of the bridge and the southern pit will be 120 feet from the 
southern end of the bridge. The new alignment will run along the east 
side of the new bridge and 24 feet from the centerline of the existing 
road. The new pipeline right-of-way will run 4 feet below the riverbed, 
and across a strip of land lying in Jackson County, in the State of 

B. Document Availability

    Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), 
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prepared a Categorical Exclusion 
(CX), Environmental Action Statement (EAS) and was a cooperator in 
preparation of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) by the 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) assessing the impacts of 
constructing and operating the proposed natural gas pipeline. A copy of 
the CX is available from the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge 
Complex, 26320 Hwy 33 South, Augusta, Arkansas 72006, (870) 347-2614. 
The final EIS has been placed in the public files of the FERC and is 
available for public inspection at: Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission, Public References and Files Maintenance Branch, 888 First 
Street, NE., Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426, (202) 502-8371. Additional 
information about the Project is available from the FERC's Office of 
External Affairs, 1(866) 208-FERC or on the FERC Web site (http://
    If you wish to comment, you may do so by one of the following 
methods. You may mail comments to the above address. You may also 
comment via the Internet at the following address: angela_
thompson@fws.gov. Please include your name and return address in your 
Internet message. If you do not receive a confirmation from the system 
that we have received your Internet message, contact us at the above 
phone number or address. Our practice is to make comments, including 
names and addresses of respondents, available for public review during 
regular business hours. Individual respondents may request that we 
withhold their home address from the record, which we will honor to the 
extent allowable by law.
    The Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency 
responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, 
and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the 
American people.

    Authority: The authority to publish this notice is contained in 
30 U.S.C. 185(k).

    Dated: October 28, 2008.
Cynthia K. Dohner,
Acting Regional Director.
 [FR Doc. E8-26121 Filed 10-31-08; 8:45 am]