USACE refuses Madison County’s request for a Sabal Trail SEIS 2016-07-29

They didn’t even bother to fill in the year on the date, and “File with original letter”. Here’s what the Corps wrote (PDF) in response to Madison County’s request for a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) about Sabal Trail.

File with
original letter


July 29, 201

USACE Response to Madison County re Sabal Trail Reply to attention of
Regulatory Division
North Permits Branch
Jacksonville Permits Section

Madison Board of County Commissioners
Attn: Mr. Brian Kauffman, County Coordinator
Post Office Box 539
Madison, Florida 32341

Dear Mr. Kauffman:

Please accept this correspondence as acknowledgement of your letter to the US, Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) received on July 28. 2016. In your correspondence. you expressed concerns related to the potential effects to groundwater associated with the work proposed within karst geology; and, requested a comprehensive study prior to any final action by the Corps, You also requested a site inspection of the project corridor by the Corps to determine the proximity of active sinkholes and other features of the aquifer and cave systems; and, requested the compilation ofa Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement prior to any final action by the Corps.

The Corps is still evaluating the material submitted to our agency for the Southeast Markets Pipeline project, including the Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC, proposal. Our evaluation includes a thorough examination of all of the information submitted by the various applicants associated with the Southeast Markets Pipeline project; the information compiled by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); the information in the FERC Final Environmental Impact Statement; and, information submitted to the Corps specifically addressing the requirements of the Clean Water Act. The Corps, as part of that evaluation, is compiling a comprehensive document addressing the concerns and issues presented to the Corps in response to the Corps public notice and subsequent submittals, such as yours

With respect to your request that the Corps conduct a site inspection to determine the actual proximity of active sinkholes and other features of the aquifer and cave systems to the proposed pipeline route, the Corps has determined that the information within the project file (information submitted by the applicants and other individuals and organizations, which the Corps augmented through the use of remote tools such as, but not limited to GoogleEarth®, Microsoft Bing®, infrared aerial imagery, historic aerial imagery, and topographic maps) is sufficient to accurately evaluate the project corridor.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact me.

Mark R. Evans
Senior Project Manager


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