On August 8, 2019 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a Public Notice announcing that Axis Midstream Holdings LLC had applied for a permit (SWG-2018-00789) "to construct a series of facilities and pipelines to store, transport, and load crude oil into marine transport vessels. " The scope is huge: "The proposed project is located in several towns, waterways, and counties including Taft, Gregory, Ingleside, and Aransas Pass, in San Patricio County, Texas; the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW); Redfish Bay; the Corpus Christi Ship Channel (CCSC); and terminates on Harbor Island in Port Aransas, Nueces County Texas. "
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The applicant (Axis Midstream Holdings, LLC) proposes to construct a series of facilities and pipelines to store, transport, and load crude oil into marine transport vessels. The proposed project components are composed of:
a. The Midway Tank Farm (Midway Facility) located south of the City of Taft, Texas.
b. The Aransas Pass Staging Facility (Aransas Facility) located west of the
City of Aransas Pass.
c. A pipeline bundle that would connect the Aransas and Midway Facilities.
This pipeline bundle would consist of
i. one (1) 2-inch fiber optic;
ii. one (1) 6-inch gas supply (last mile); and
iii. two (2) 36-inch crude oil pipelines.
d. Harbor Island Loading Terminal (Harbor Island Terminal) located on the
west side of the CCSC on Harbor Island in Port Aransas, Texas.
e. A pipeline bundle that would connect the Aransas and Harbor Island Facilities.
This pipeline bundle would consist of:
i. one (1) 2-inch fiber optic;
ii. one (1) 6-inch gas supply;
iii. one (1) 16-inch intermix return; and
iv. two (2) 42-inch crude oil pipelines.
The installation of the proposed Midway to Aransas pipeline bundle would result in 13.94 acres of temporary trench and fill impacts in waters of the US, including wetlands.
The construction of the proposed Aransas Facility would total 16.8 acres of permanent fill impacts to waters of the US, specifically estuarine wetlands manly comprised of Distichlis spicata (saltgrass), and fringed with Borrichia frutescens (sea oxeye daisy).
The installation of the proposed Aransas to Harbor Island pipeline bundle would result in 18.58 acres of temporary trench and fill impacts to waters of the US; specifically, 7.81 acres to submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) mainly comprised of Halodule wrightii (shoal grass), 0.002 acres to small stands of Spartina alterniflora (smooth cordgrass), 10.65 acres are to unvegetated tidal sand flats, 0.41 acres are to black mangrove (Avicennia geminans), and 0.11 acres to estuarine wetlands mainly consisting of salt grass and sea oxeye daisy.
In July 2019 Axis Midstream withdrew its application to TCEQ for an air quality permit. Comments on that application were rolled over into the one for PCCA/Lone Star Ports since the two projects seem to be joined. Just how is a good question to which we don't yet have an answer.
The purpose of a public hearing is to solicit additional information to assist in the evaluation of the proposed project. Prior to the close of the comment period, any person may make a written request for a public hearing, setting forth the particular reasons for the request. The District Engineer will determine if the reasons identified for holding a public hearing are sufficient to warrant that a public hearing be held. If a public hearing is warranted, all known interested persons will be notified of the time, date, and location.
CLOSE OF COMMENT PERIOD
All comments pertaining to this Public Notice must reach this office on or before 9 September 2019. Extensions of the comment period may be granted for valid reasons provided a written request is received by the limiting date. If no comments are received by that date, it will be considered that there are no objections. Comments and requests for additional information should reference our file number, SWG-2018-00789, and should be submitted to:
Corpus Christi Field Office
Regulatory Division, CESWG-RD-R
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
5151 Flynn Parkway, Suite 306
Corpus Christi, TX 78411-4318
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