Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Draft Restoration Plan 3 and Environmental Assessment: Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands; Sea Turtles; Marine Mammals; Birds; and Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities

CourtInterior Department
Citation86 FR 69287
Publication Date07 December 2021
Record Number2021-26415
69287
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
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Mississippi Trustee Implementation
Group Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Draft Restoration Plan 3 and
Environmental Assessment: Habitat
Projects on Federally Managed Lands;
Sea Turtles; Marine Mammals; Birds;
and Provide and Enhance Recreational
Opportunities
AGENCY
: Department of the Interior.
ACTION
: Notice of availability; request
for public comments.
SUMMARY
: In accordance with the Oil
Pollution Act of 1990, the National
Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the
Final Programmatic Damage Assessment
Restoration Plan and Final
Programmatic Environmental Impact
Statement (Final PDARP/PEIS) and
Record of Decision, and the Consent
Decree, the Federal and State natural
resource trustee agencies for the
Mississippi Trustee Implementation
Group (MS TIG) have prepared the
Mississippi Trustee Implementation
Group Draft Restoration Plan 3 and
Environmental Assessment: Habitat
Projects on Federally Managed Lands;
Sea Turtles; Marine Mammals; Birds;
and Provide and Enhance Recreational
Opportunities (Draft RP3/EA). In the
Draft RP3/EA, the MS TIG proposes
projects to partially restore injured
habitats, sea turtles, marine mammals,
birds, and to compensate for lost
recreational use in the Mississippi
Restoration Area as a result of the
Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The
approximate cost to implement the MS
TIG’s proposed action (seven preferred
alternatives) is $19,000,000. We invite
public comments on the Draft RP3/EA.
DATES
: We will consider public
comments on the Draft RP3/EA received
on or before 45 days after the date of
publication in the Federal Register.
The MS TIG will host a public
webinar on Tuesday, January 11, 2022,
at 2 p.m. Central Time. The public
webinar will include a presentation of
the Draft RP3/EA. The public may
register for the webinar at https://
attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/
6376489461251797774. After
registering, participants will receive a
confirmation email with instructions for
joining the webinar. Instructions for
commenting will be provided during the
webinar. Shortly after the webinar is
concluded, the presentation material
will be posted on the web at https://
www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/
restoration-areas/mississippi.
ADDRESSES
: Obtaining Documents: You
may download the Draft RP3/EA from
either of the following websites:
https://www.doi.gov/deepwater
horizon
https://www.gulfspillrestoration.
noaa.gov/restoration-areas/mississippi
Alternatively, you may request a CD
of the Draft RP3/EA (see
FOR FURTHER
INFORMATION CONTACT
).
Submitting Comments: You may
submit comments by one of the
following methods:
Via the Web: http://www.gulfspill
restoration.noaa.gov/restoration-areas/
mississippi.
Via U.S. Mail: U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 29649,
Atlanta, GA 30345. To be considered,
mailed comments must be postmarked
on or before the comment deadline
given in
DATES
.
During the Public Webinar: Written
comments may be provided by the
public during the webinar. Webinar
information is provided in
DATES
.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
Nanciann Regalado, at nanciann_
regalado@fws.gov or 678–296–6805, or
via the Federal Relay Service at 800–
877–8339.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
:
Introduction
On April 20, 2010, the mobile
offshore drilling unit Deepwater
Horizon (DWH), which was being used
to drill a well for BP Exploration and
Production, Inc. (BP), in the Macondo
prospect (Mississippi Canyon 252–
MC252), experienced a significant
explosion, fire, and subsequent sinking
in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in an
unprecedented volume of oil and other
discharges from the rig and from the
wellhead on the seabed. The DWH oil
spill is the largest offshore oil spill in
U.S. history, discharging millions of
barrels of oil over a period of 87 days.
In addition, well over 1 million gallons
of dispersants were applied to the
waters of the spill area in an attempt to
disperse the spilled oil. An
undetermined amount of natural gas
was also released into the environment
as a result of the spill.
The Trustees conducted the natural
resource damage assessment (NRDA) for
the DWH oil spill under the Oil
Pollution Act 1990 (OPA; 33 U.S.C.
2701 et seq.). Pursuant to OPA, Federal
and State agencies act as trustees on
behalf of the public to assess natural
resource injuries and losses and to
determine the actions required to
compensate the public for those injuries
and losses. The OPA further instructs
the designated trustees to develop and
implement a plan for the restoration,
rehabilitation, replacement, or
acquisition of the equivalent of the
injured natural resources under their
trusteeship to baseline (the resource
quality and conditions that would exist
if the spill had not occurred). This
includes the loss of use and services
provided by those resources from the
time of injury until the completion of
restoration.
The DWH Trustees are:
U.S. Department of the Interior
(DOI), as represented by the National
Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, and Bureau of Land
Management;
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA), on behalf of
the U.S. Department of Commerce;
U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA);
U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA);
State of Louisiana Coastal
Protection and Restoration Authority,
Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office,
Department of Environmental Quality,
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries,
and Department of Natural Resources;
State of Mississippi Department of
Environmental Quality;
State of Alabama Department of
Conservation and Natural Resources and
Geological Survey of Alabama;
State of Florida Department of
Environmental Protection and Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission; and
State of Texas: Texas Parks and
Wildlife Department, Texas General
Land Office, and Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality.
On April 4, 2016, the United States
District Court for the Eastern District of
Louisiana entered a Consent Decree
resolving civil claims by the Trustees
against BP arising from the DWH oil
spill: United States v. BPXP et al., Civ.
No. 10–4536, centralized in MDL 2179,
In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig
‘‘Deepwater Horizon’’ in the Gulf of
Mexico, on April 20, 2010 (E.D. La.)
(http://www.justice.gov/enrd/deepwater-
horizon). Pursuant to the Consent
Decree, restoration projects in the
Mississippi Restoration Area are chosen
and managed by the MS TIG. The MS
TIG is composed of the following
Trustees: State of Mississippi
Department of Environmental Quality;
DOI; NOAA; EPA; and USDA.
Background
On October 30, 2020, the MS TIG
posted a public notice at http://
www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov
requesting new or revised natural
resource restoration project ideas by
November 30, 2020, for the Mississippi
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Restoration Area. The notice stated that
the MS TIG was seeking project ideas
for the following restoration types: (1)
Habitat Projects on Federally Managed
Lands; (2) Sea Turtles; (3) Marine
Mammals; (4) Birds; and (5) Provide and
Enhance Recreational Opportunities. On
June 11, 2021, the MS TIG announced
that it had initiated drafting of the RP3/
EA and that it would include a
reasonable range of restoration
alternatives (projects) for the five
restoration types.
Overview of the MS TIG Draft RP3/EA
The Draft RP3/EA provides the MS
TIG’s analysis of the reasonable range of
alternatives. The MS TIG’s seven
preferred alternatives are presented in
the following table under the restoration
type from which funds would be
allocated in accordance with the DWH
Consent Decree. The MS TIG also
evaluated five non-preferred alternatives
as part of the reasonable range, and a No
Action alternative for each restoration
type in the plan.
Restoration Type: Habitat Projects on
Federally Managed Lands
Improve Native Habitats by Removing
Marine Debris from Mississippi
Barrier Islands
Restoration Type: Sea Turtles
Maintaining Enhanced Sea Turtle
Stranding Network Capacity and
Diagnostic Capabilities
Restoration Type: Marine Mammals
Maintaining Enhanced Marine Mammal
Stranding Network Capacity and
Diagnostic Capabilities
Reduction of Marine Mammal Fishery
Interactions through Trawl Technique
and Component Material
Improvements
Restoration Type: Birds
Bird Stewardship and Enhanced
Monitoring in Mississippi
Restoration Type: Provide and Enhance
Recreational Opportunities
Clower Thornton Nature Park Trail
Improvement
Environmental Education and
Stewardship at Walter Anderson
Museum of Art
Next Steps
As described above in DATES, the MS
TIG will host a public webinar to
facilitate the public review and
comment process. After the public
comment period ends, the MS TIG will
consider and address the comments
received before issuing a final RP3/EA.
Public comments and MS TIG responses
will be included in the final RP3/EA.
Public Availability of Comments
Before including your address, phone
number, email address, or other
personal identifying information in your
comment, you should be aware that
your entire comment—including your
personal identifying information—may
be made publicly available at any time.
While you can ask us in your comment
to withhold your personal identifying
information from public review, we
cannot guarantee that we will be able to
do so.
Administrative Record
The documents comprising the
Administrative Record for the Draft
RP3/EA can be viewed electronically at
https://www.doi.gov/deepwaterhorizon/
adminrecord.
Authority
The authority for this action is the Oil
Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2701 et
seq.), its implementing NRDA
regulations found at 15 CFR part 990,
and the National Environmental Policy
Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and
its implementing regulations found at
40 CFR 1500–1508.
Mary Josie Blanchard,
Director, Gulf of Mexico Restoration,
Department of the Interior.
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National Park Service
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National Register of Historic Places;
Notification of Pending Nominations
and Related Actions
AGENCY
: National Park Service, Interior.
ACTION
: Notice.
SUMMARY
: The National Park Service is
soliciting electronic comments on the
significance of properties nominated
before November 27, 2021, for listing or
related actions in the National Register
of Historic Places.
DATES
: Comments should be submitted
electronically by December 22, 2021.
ADDRESSES
: Comments are encouraged
to be submitted electronically to
National_Register_Submissions@
nps.gov with the subject line ‘‘Public
Comment on <property or proposed
district name, (County) State>.’’ If you
have no access to email you may send
them via U.S. Postal Service and all
other carriers to the National Register of
Historic Places, National Park Service,
1849 C Street NW, MS 7228,
Washington, DC 20240.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
Sherry A. Frear, Chief, National Register
of Historic Places/National Historic
Landmarks Program, 1849 C Street NW,
MS 7228, Washington, DC 20240,
sherry_frear@nps.gov, 202–913–3763.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: The
properties listed in this notice are being
considered for listing or related actions
in the National Register of Historic
Places. Nominations for their
consideration were received by the
National Park Service before November
27, 2021. Pursuant to Section 60.13 of
36 CFR part 60, comments are being
accepted concerning the significance of
the nominated properties under the
National Register criteria for evaluation.
Before including your address, phone
number, email address, or other
personal identifying information in your
comment, you should be aware that
your entire comment—including your
personal identifying information—may
be made publicly available at any time.
While you can ask us in your comment
to withhold your personal identifying
information from public review, we
cannot guarantee that we will be able to
do so.
Nominations submitted by State or
Tribal Historic Preservation Officers:
ARIZONA
Pima County
Casitas de Castilian Historic District, 643
West Las Lomitas Rd., Tucson,
SG100007293
CALIFORNIA
Alameda County
People’s Park, Between Haste St. Dwight
Way, Telegraph Ave., and Bowditch St.,
Berkeley, SG100007288
Los Angeles County
Commercial Club, 1100 South Broadway, Los
Angeles, SG100007286
Orange County
Floral Park Historic District, Roughly
bounded by Santiago Cr., Broadway, 17th,
and Flower Sts., Santa Ana, SG100007287
FLORIDA
St. Johns County, St. Augustine Beach Hotel
and Beachfront, 370 FL A1A, St. Augustine
Beach, SG100007284
GEORGIA
Habersham County
Cornelia Commercial Historic District,
Centered around intersection of Main and
Irvin Sts., Cornelia, SG100007277
ILLINOIS
Madison County
Middletown Historic District (Boundary
Increase II), Roughly bounded by Front,
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