Notice: Notice and Opportunity to Comment on Requests for Consistency – Texas GulfLink, LLC

December 25, 2020

December 25, 2020 00:00AM

Coastal Coordination Advisory Committee



On January 10, 1997, the State of Texas received federal approval of the Coastal Management Program (CMP) (62 Federal Register pp. 1439 - 1440). Under federal law, federal agency activities and actions affecting the Texas coastal zone must be consistent with the CMP goals and policies identified in 31 TAC Chapter 501. Requests for federal consistency review were deemed administratively complete for the following project(s) during the period of December 7, 2020 to December 17, 2020.  As required by federal law, the public is given an opportunity to comment on the consistency of proposed activities in the coastal zone undertaken or authorized by federal agencies.  Pursuant to 31 TAC §§506.25, 506.32, and 506.41, the public comment period extends 30 days from the date published on the Texas General Land Office web site. The notice was published on the web site on Friday, December 25, 2020.  The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 24, 2021.

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:

Applicant: Texas GulfLink, LLC

Location: The proposed Texas GulfLink (TGL) Deepwater Port (DWP) Project consists of onshore and offshore components. Onshore components would be constructed west of Lake Jackson and Freeport, Brazoria County, Texas. These components would include a new 9.7 mile pipeline connecting a new onshore crude oil storage terminal facility (identified as the TGL Jones Creek Terminal) to the existing Bryan Mound Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), new infrastructure at the Bryan Mound SPR facility, the TGL Jones Creek Terminal, and a new 12.7 mile pipeline from the TGL Jones Creek Terminal to the offshore pipeline off the coastline just southwest of the Brazos River Delta. Offshore components would include approximately 32.3 miles of new offshore pipeline and the DWP facility. The proposed DWP would be located in Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) approximately 26.6 nautical miles off the coast of Brazoria County, Texas.

Latitude & Longitude (NAD 83): Bryan Mound SPR (existing facility): 28.921100, -95.377326;

TGL Jones Creek Terminal (proposed onshore facility): 28.992198, -95.472440; Deepwater Port (proposed offshore facility): 28.555008, -95.028348

Project Description: The applicant proposes to construct, operate and maintain a deepwater port with two floating Single Point Mooring (SPM) buoys, approximately 57.3 miles of 42-inch-diameter pipeline, approximately 9.5 miles of 36-inch-diameter pipeline, and an approximately 200-acre onshore storage terminal facility. The purpose of the proposed project is to construct an offshore DWP facility, and related onshore and offshore infrastructure, to transport crude oil internationally via Very Large Crude Carrying (VLCC) vessels. The proposed DWP would be located in Federal waters of the GoM, in Galveston Area (GA) Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) lease blocks GA 423 and GA A 36, approximately 26.6 nautical miles off the coast of Brazoria County, Texas, at a water depth of approximately 104 feet. The proposed onshore components would include an incoming pipeline connected to an existing 40-inch pipeline leased and operated by ExxonMobil Pipeline Company at the Bryan Mound SPR to the proposed TGL Jones Creek Terminal; the TGL Jones Creek Terminal; and a proposed outgoing pipeline from the TGL Jones Creek Terminal to the connection with the offshore pipeline off the coastline just southwest of the Brazos River Delta.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Deepwater Port License was published on November 27, 2020 and can be viewed at: https://texasgulflinkdwp-eis.consultation.ai/

Type of Application: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit application # SWG-2019-00294. This application will be reviewed pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Maritime Administration license application # MARAD-2019-0093. This application will be reviewed pursuant to the Deepwater Port Act of 1974.

CMP Project No: 21-1119-F1

Further information on the applications listed above, including a copy of the consistency certifications or consistency determinations for inspection, may be obtained from the Texas General Land Office Public Information Officer at 1700 N. Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701, or via email at pialegal@glo.texas.gov. Comments should be sent to the Texas General Land Office Coastal Management Program Coordinator at the above address or via email at federal.consistency@glo.texas.gov.


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