Port of Corpus Christi Channel Deepening EIS Project
Port of Corpus Christi Channel Deepening EIS Project
Welcome to the Port of Corpus Christi Authority Channel Deepening EIS Project Page!
Thank you for your interest in the Port of Corpus Christi Authority Channel Deepening Project. This project website is intended to give you information about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District (Corps) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that is being prepared to support the proposed Project. We look forward to receiving your feedback.
The proposed Project is needed to safely, efficiently, and economically export current and forecasted crude oil inventories through the Corpus Christi Ship Channel via Very Large Crude Carriers, a common vessel in the world fleet. Crude oil is delivered via pipeline from the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin to multiple locations at the Port of Corpus Christi. Crude Oil inventories exported at the Port of Corpus Christi have increased from 280,000 barrels per day in 2017 to approximately 1.6 million barrels in January 2020 with forecasts increasing to 4.5 million barrels per day by 2030. Current facilities require vessel lightening to fully load Very Large Crude Carriers which increases costs and affects safety.
The Corps invites full public participation to promote open communication on the potential concerns surrounding the draft EIS.
Update Regarding the June Scoping Meetings
We conducted our first meeting on June 9th utilizing a new technology and we are disappointed that the technology failed. For those of you who joined us, we apologize for the inconvenience. We have spoken with the Port of Corpus Christi Authority and have agreed that this meeting does not meet the intent of public involvement. We have decided to include an additional date for a public scoping meeting and have developed a new method to conduct our meetings.
The public meetings will now be presented online through Cisco Webex to provide information about the proposed Project and to receive public input and comment on the EIS. Information regarding attending the remaining virtual scoping meetings can be found below:
Thank you for joining us for the June 2020 Virtual Scoping Meetings
You may still provide your comments through July 3, 2020.
Get involved by submitting written comments online, emailing [email protected], texting 855-680-0455 to leave a text message, or calling 855-680-0455 to leave a voice message.
Written comments regarding the proposed EIS scope should be addressed to Mr. Jayson Hudson, USACE, Galveston District, Regulatory Branch, P.O. Box 1229, Galveston, Texas 77553-1229. Individuals who would like to electronically provide comments should contact Mr. Hudson by electronic mail at: [email protected]. Emailed comments, including attachments, should be provided in .doc, .docx, .pdf or .txt formats.
Special Public Notice
Public Scoping Meeting for the
Port of Corpus Christi
Channel Deepening Project
NOTICE OF PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING FOR PORT OF CORPUS CHRISTI CHANNEL DEEPENING PROJECT, NUECEC AND ARANSAS COUNTIES, TEXAS
(DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY PERMIT NUMBER SWG-2019-00067)
PURPOSE OF PUBLIC NOTICE: To inform you that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District (Corps) has scheduled a series of Public Scoping Meetings on June 9, 11, 16, and 18, 2020 for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), for which you might be interested. It is also to solicit your comments and information to better enable us to make a reasonable decision on factors affecting the public interest.
BACKGROUND: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District (Corps) received a permit application for a Department of the Army (DA) Permit pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, and Section 103 of the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act from the Port of Corpus Christi Authority (PCCA) (SWG-2019-00067) for the deepening of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel (CCSC). As part of the NEPA process, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Coast Guard will be cooperating agencies in the preparation of the EIS. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will be participating agencies in the preparation of the EIS. The DA permit application was first advertised by a Public Notice issued August 1, 2019.
The proposed Project is located in Port Aransas, Nueces County, Texas (Latitude 27.824019 North; Longitude: 97.054338 West). The proposed Project is needed to accommodate transit of fully laden very large crude carriers (VLCCs) that draft approximately 70 feet. The deepening activities would be completed within the footprint of the authorized PCCA channel width. The proposed Project does not include widening the channel; however, some minor incidental widening of the channel is expected to meet side slope requirements and to maintain the stability of the channel.
SCOPING PROCESS/PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT: A series of virtual scoping meetings will be held online at 4:00 p.m. on June 9, 11, 16, and 18, 2020. The public meeting will be presented online to provide information about the proposed Project and to receive public input and comment on the draft EIS. Access information, instructions, an opportunity to subscribe to project updates, and additional information regarding this project will be made available prior to the virtual meeting at https://publicinput.com/PCCA-Channel-EIS.
The Corps invites full public participation to promote open communication on the potential concerns surrounding the draft EIS. In addition, participation by Federal, State, local agencies and other interested organizations is encouraged. Both oral and written statements will be accepted at the meeting through several channels including a virtual comment portal, telephone, and text message. Materials and visual depictions of the proposed Project and associated impacts will be available.
Each speaker will be given 3 minutes. Please keep your time to 3 minutes or less. If you do not need the full 3 minutes, help us to move the process along by only using the time you need. If you have additional comments that you’d like to submit beyond what you’re able to address during your time allotted, please submit them in writing. Written comments are just as valid and count the same as verbal comments presented during the Public Scoping Meeting. Questions for the Port of Corpus Christi related to the proposed Project or the Corps’ regulatory and Civil Works process may be submitted to the website referenced above or via email, text or the toll-free number 855-680-0455.
The public meeting will be conducted in English. Those in need of language interpreters should contact the Corps’ Public Involvement consultant, Hollaway Environmental Communications Services, Inc. (713) 868-1043, by Friday, June 5, to make arrangements. Every effort will be made to address requests.
Any comments received at the virtual public meeting will be considered by the Corps to assist in determining whether to issue, modify, condition, or deny a permit for the Project. Comments will be considered in the draft EIS analysis pursuant to NEPA and used to help determine the overall public interest of the proposed Project. All comments must be received or postmarked by Thursday, July 3, 2020, (15 calendar days following the public meeting).
ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the proposed EIS scope should be addressed to Mr. Jayson Hudson, USACE, Galveston District, Regulatory Branch, P.O. Box 1229, Galveston, Texas 77553-1229. Individuals who would like to electronically provide comments should contact Mr. Hudson by electronic mail at: [email protected] Emailed comments, including attachments, should be provided in .doc, .docx, .pdf or .txt formats.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about this project, to be included on the mailing list for future updates and meeting announcements, or to receive a copy of the Draft EIS when it is issued, contact Mr. Jayson Hudson, at the Corps at (409) 766-3108, the email address [email protected], or the address provided above.
PCCA Channel Deepening
PCCA Channel Deepening Project EIS Video