FEIS released for Great Northern Transmission Line

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It’s a Final Environmental Impact Statement kind of day today.  The Great Northern Transmission Line FINAL EIS has been released by the Deptartment of Energy, which is in charge of the Presidential Permit and so they’re doing joint environmental review with the State of Minnesota.  It’s out, released while I was on the road, and so here it is, a couple days late!

Applicant’s Environmental Impact Statement Page HERE!

And here’s a cut and paste of their format, which is a LOT better than the PUC’s official eDockets page:

Final Environmental Impact Statement

Main Document

  • Cover Sheet and Table of Contents
  • Summary
  • Chapter 1 – Regulatory FrameworkDescribes the regulatory framework associated with the proposed Project, including the purpose and need for agency action, major federal permits (including the U.S. DOE Presidential permit), federal consultation requirements, state permitting requirements (including the MN PUC Route Permit), other state and local permits, and a summary of agencies, tribes, and persons consulted.
  • Chapter 2 – Proposed Project: Describes the project as proposed by the Applicant including proposed routes, structures, objectives, route selection process, estimated costs, and proposed schedule. Chapter 2 also describes the Applicant’s engineering, design, and construction plans, land acquisition processes, and Applicant proposed measures to avoid and minimize environmental impacts.
  • Chapter 3 – No Action Alternative: Describes the “No Action alternative,” in which the DOE would not issue a Presidential permit and the proposed Project would not be built. The analysis of the No Action alternative summarizes the impacts of not constructing the project and provides a baseline for analyzing and comparing potential environmental impacts from DOE’s proposed action and alternatives.
  • Chapter 4 – Route and Alignment Alternatives Proposed During Scoping: Describes the four border crossing alternatives, 22 route variations, and nine alignment modifications that were proposed by agencies and the public during scoping. Chapter 4 also summarizes the process used by DOE in coordination with the DOC-EERA to jointly determine which border crossings and routes to include in the scope of this EIS. Chapter 4 also describes how the selected routes, route variations, and alignments are analyzed by dividing the 220-mile long project area into the three major sections: the West Section, the Central Section, and the East Section.
  • Chapter 5 Part 1 – Affected Environment and Potential Impacts: Describes the affected environment for the proposed Project, including descriptions of each resource, the region of influence (ROI) of the proposed Project on the resource, and impacts expected from the construction, operation, maintenance, and connection of the proposed Project. Chapter 5.0 first describes the impacts of the proposed Project that are common to all geographic sections and do not vary by route or route variation. Chapter 5.0 then describes the resources that do vary by geographic section and for which impacts vary by route and route variation—the impacts and resources are carried forward for detailed analysis and comparison in Chapter 6.0.
  • Chapter 5 Part 2 – Affected Environment and Potential Impacts
  • Chapter 6 Part 1 – Comparative Environmental Consequences: Presents detailed analysis and comparison of the potential human and environmental impacts of the proposed Project and alternative route variations, and describes mitigation measures by geographic section, route, and route variation.
  • Chapter 6 Part 2 – Comparative Environmental Consequences
  • Chapter 6 Part 3 – Comparative Environmental Consequences
  • Chapter 7 Cumulative and Other Impacts: Describes reasonably foreseeable projects in the proposed Project area and assesses impacts of the proposed Project in the context of these reasonably foreseeable projects along with other past and present projects in the same area. Chapter 7 also describes unavoidable, irretrievable, and other impacts as required by federal and state regulations.
  • Chapter 8 – List of Preparers
  • Chapter 9 – References
  • Chapter 10 – Acronyms
  • Chapter 11 – Index

Appendices

Here’s the filing from Commerce – I’ve deleted a few columns from the PUC’s eDockets so it’ll fit here, and it’s in no discernable order, that’s why I prefer the version above:

201511-115405-01 14-21 DOC EERA NOTICE–OF AVAILABILITY OF FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT 11/03/2015
201510-115238-06 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX F 10/30/2015
201510-115262-01 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX Z 10/30/2015
201510-115248-06 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX M 10/30/2015
201510-115258-01 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX S – MAP BOOK CENTRAL SECTION – PART 1 OF 6 10/30/2015
201510-115261-02 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX U 10/30/2015
201510-115251-10 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX R 10/30/2015
201510-115248-04 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX L – PART 3 OF 4 10/30/2015
201510-115261-07 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX Y – PART 2 OF 5 10/30/2015
201510-115232-03 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 1 – PART 13 OF 14 10/30/2015
201510-115231-02 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 1 – PART 10 OF 14 10/30/2015
201510-115251-08 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX P 10/30/2015
201510-115238-03 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX C 10/30/2015
201510-115231-01 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 1 – PART 9 OF 14 10/30/2015
201510-115238-09 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX I 10/30/2015
201510-115238-02 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX B 10/30/2015
201510-115251-09 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX Q 10/30/2015
201510-115251-04 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX N – PART 8 OF 10 10/30/2015
201510-115258-05 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX S – MAP BOOK CENTRAL SECTION – PART 5 OF 6 10/30/2015
201510-115248-01 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX K 10/30/2015
201510-115238-01 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX A 10/30/2015
201510-115261-04 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX W 10/30/2015
201510-115258-06 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX S – MAP BOOK CENTRAL SECTION – PART 6 OF 6 10/30/2015
201510-115248-05 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX L – PART 4 OF 4 10/30/2015
201510-115248-10 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX N – PART 4 OF 10 10/30/2015
201510-115238-04 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX D 10/30/2015
201510-115258-07 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX S – MAP BOOK EAST SECTION – PART 1 OF 2 10/30/2015
201510-115232-01 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 1 – PART 11 OF 14 10/30/2015
201510-115251-06 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX N – PART 10 OF 10 10/30/2015
201510-115232-02 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 1 – PART 12 OF 14 10/30/2015
201510-115238-08 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX H 10/30/2015
201510-115258-04 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX S – MAP BOOK CENTRAL SECTION – PART 4 OF 6 10/30/2015
201510-115258-03 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX S – MAP BOOK CENTRAL SECTION – PART 3 OF 6 10/30/2015
201510-115248-03 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX L – PART 2 OF 4 10/30/2015
201510-115258-08 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX S – MAP BOOK EAST SECTION – PART 2 OF 2 10/30/2015
201510-115251-07 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX O 10/30/2015
201510-115251-05 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX N – PART 9 OF 10 10/30/2015
201510-115238-07 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX G 10/30/2015
201510-115261-06 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX Y – PART 1 OF 5 10/30/2015
201510-115261-08 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX Y – PART 3 OF 5 10/30/2015
201510-115238-10 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX J 10/30/2015
201510-115261-05 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX X 10/30/2015
201510-115251-03 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX N – PART 7 OF 10 10/30/2015
201510-115248-09 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX N – PART 3 OF 10 10/30/2015
201510-115258-09 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX S – MAP BOOK WEST SECTION – PART 1 OF 2 10/30/2015
201510-115258-02 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX S – MAP BOOK CENTRAL SECTION – PART 2 OF 6 10/30/2015
201510-115248-07 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX N – PART 1 OF 10 10/30/2015
201510-115258-10 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX S – MAP BOOK WEST SECTION – PART 2 OF 2 10/30/2015
201510-115261-09 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX Y – PART 4 OF 5 10/30/2015
201510-115248-08 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX N – PART 2 OF 10 10/30/2015
201510-115238-05 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX E 10/30/2015
201510-115261-03 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX V 10/30/2015
201510-115251-02 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX N – PART 6 OF 10 10/30/2015
201510-115261-10 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX Y – PART 5 OF 5 10/30/2015
201510-115251-01 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX N – PART 5 OF 10 10/30/2015
201510-115261-01 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX T 10/30/2015
201510-115248-02 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 2 – APPENDIX L – PART 1 OF 4 10/30/2015
201510-115232-04 14-21 DOC EERA OTHER–FINAL EIS – VOLUME 1 – PART 14 OF 14 10/30/2015

 

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