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108th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 5369 To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to allow the Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation to increase the diameter of a natural gas pipeline located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES November 16, 2004 Mr. Sherwood introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to allow the Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation to increase the diameter of a natural gas pipeline located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Natural Gas Pipeline Enlargement Act''. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) Corporation.--The term ``Corporation'' means the Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation. (2) Pipeline.--The term ``pipeline'' means that portion of the pipeline of the Corporation numbered 1278 that is-- (A) located in the Recreation Area; and (B) situated on 2 tracts designated by the Corporation as ROW No. 16405 and No. 16414. (3) Recreation area.--The term ``Recreation Area'' means the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (4) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of the Interior. (5) Superintendent.--The term ``Superintendent'' means the Superintendent of the Recreation Area. SEC. 3. EASEMENT FOR EXPANDED NATURAL GAS PIPELINE. (a) In General.--The Secretary may enter into an agreement with the Corporation to grant to the Corporation, for no consideration, an easement to enlarge the diameter of the pipeline from 14 inches to not more than 20 inches. (b) Terms and Conditions.--The easement authorized under subsection (a) shall-- (1) be consistent with-- (A) the recreational values of the Recreation Area; and (B) protection of the resources of the Recreation Area; (2) include provisions for the protection of resources in the Recreation Area that ensure that only the minimum and necessary amount of disturbance, as determined by the Secretary, shall occur during the construction or maintenance of the expanded pipeline; (3) be consistent with the laws (including regulations) and policies applicable to units of the National Park System; and (4) be subject to any other terms and conditions that the Secretary determines to be necessary. (c) Permits.-- (1) In general.--The Superintendent may issue a permit to the Corporation for the use of the Recreation Area in accordance with subsection (b) for the temporary construction and staging areas required for the construction of the enlarged pipeline. (2) Prior to issuance.--The easement authorized under subsection (a) and the permit authorized under paragraph (1) shall require that before the Superintendent issues a permit for any clearing or construction, the Corporation shall-- (A) consult with the Superintendent; (B) identify natural and cultural resources of the Recreation Area that may be damaged or lost because of the clearing or construction; and (C) submit to the Superintendent for approval a restoration and mitigation plan that-- (i) describes how the land subject to the easement will be maintained; and (ii) includes a schedule for, and description of, the specific activities to be carried out by the Corporation to mitigate the damages or losses to, or restore, the natural and cultural resources of the Recreation Area identified under subparagraph (B). (d) Pipeline Replacement Requirements.--The enlargement of the pipeline authorized under subsection (a) shall be considered to meet the pipeline replacement requirements required by the Research and Special Programs Administration of the Department of Transportation (CPF No. 1-2002-1004-H). (e) FERC Consultation.--The Corporation shall comply with all other requirements for certification by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that are necessary to permit the increase in pipeline size. (f) Limitation.--The Secretary shall not grant any additional increases in the diameter of, or easements for, the pipeline within the boundary of the Recreation Area after the date of enactment of this Act. (g) Effect on Right-Of-Way Easement.--Nothing in this Act increases the 50-foot right-of-way easement for the pipeline. (h) Penalties.--On request of the Secretary, the Attorney General may bring a civil action against the Corporation in United States district court to recover damages and response costs under Public Law 101-337 (16 U.S.C. 19jj et seq.) or any other applicable law if-- (1) the Corporation-- (A) violates a provision of-- (i) an easement authorized under subsection (a); or (ii) a permit issued under subsection (c); or (B) fails to submit or timely implement a restoration and mitigation plan approved under subsection (c)(3); and (2) the violation or failure destroys, results in the loss of, or injures any park system resource (as defined in section 1 of Public Law 101-337 (16 U.S.C. 19jj)). <all>
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