CONCORD, Mass. – DCP Midstream Partners, LP, is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District to conduct work in waters of the United States in conjunction with the development of a storage facility on Mack Point in Searsport, Maine.
The applicant proposes to place fill material below the Ordinary High Water mark of an unnamed tributary to Long Cove at Searsport and in adjacent freshwater wetlands in order to develop a liquid propane storage and off-loading facility on Mack Point.
The proposed work also will involve the installation of an above ground pipeline extending out onto the existing Mack Point dry cargo terminal pier. Approximately 2.04 acres of wetland and stream bed will be impacted by the proposed project.
In anticipation of unavoidable impacts to aquatic resources, the applicant is proposing compensatory mitigation and has agreed to compensate for the project’s unavoidable wetland impacts by providing funds toward Maine’s Natural Resources Conservation Fund (In Lieu Fee Program) and for the stream impacts by implementing a stream restoration/enhancement project nearby (replacement of an undersized culvert). The applicant is proposing these measures seeking to lessen the project’s impacts.
The application for the federal permit was filed by the applicant with the Corps of Engineers in compliance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, which regulates the discharge or fill of material in United States waters, including wetlands; and with Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, which provides for federal regulation of any work in, or affecting navigable waters of the United States.
The public notice can be viewed on the Corps website at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil. Select Regulatory/Permitting and then weekly public notices.
Public comments referencing this permit request (File # NAE-2010-02347) should be forwarded no later than Feb. 29, 2012 to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Maine Project Office (ATTN: Jay Clement), 675 Western Ave., #3, Manchester, Maine 04351. Additional information is available from Permit Project Manager Jay Clement at 207-623-8367, Extension 1 or by email to email@example.com.