The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public comment on a draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for the Phillips 66 Line 300 Project in Santa Barbara County, California. The draft plan outlines strategies to avoid, minimize, and mitigate impacts to the federally endangered California tiger salamander (Santa Barbara distinct population segment) from activities necessary for the reconditioning of approximately 2,340 linear feet of the existing 300 Line.
Phillips 66 Pipeline, LLC has submitted an HCP in support of his application for an incidental take permit pursuant to section 10 of the Endangered Species Act, for impacts to federally-listed species that may occur incidental to otherwise lawful activities. The Service invites comments from the public on the application for an incidental take permit, including the draft HCP and a low-effect screening form.
A Notice of Availability will publish in the Federal Register on November 6, opening a 30-day comment period that will close on December 6. A copy of the draft HCP and draft low-effect screening form and environmental action statement is available online at http://www.fws.gov/ventura/.
Comments may be submitted by mail to Stephen P. Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, 2493 Portola Rd, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003 or by fax to (805) 644-3958.
* * * * * * * *