[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 46 (Wednesday, March 9, 2011)]
[Pages 12947-12948]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-5318]



[Docket No. DI11-3-000]

Bear Creek Hydro Associates, LLC; Notice of Declaration of 
Intention and Soliciting Comments, Protests, and/or Motions To 

    Take notice that the following application has been filed with the 
Commission and is available for public inspection:
    a. Application Type: Declaration of Intention.
    b. Docket No: DI11-3-000.
    c. Date Filed: February 14, 2011.

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    d. Applicant: Bear Creek Hydro Associates, LLC.
    e. Name of Project: Bear Creek Hydro Project.
    f. Location: The Bear Creek Hydro Project will be located on Bear 
Creek, near the town of Concrete, Skagit County, Washington, affecting 
T. 35 N., R. 8 E., sec. 11, SE \1/4\, and T. 36 N., R. 8 E., Sec. 14, 
NE \1/4\.
    g. Filed Pursuant to: Section 23(b)(1) of the Federal Power Act, 16 
U.S.C. 817(b).
    h. Applicant Contact: Thomas M. McMaster, 358 Shallow Shore Road, 
Bellingham, WA 98229; Telephone: (360) 647-2196; e-mail: http://
    i. FERC Contact: Any questions on this notice should be addressed 
to Henry Ecton, (202) 502-8768, or e-mail address: 
    j. Deadline for filing comments, protests, and motions: April 13, 
    All documents should be filed electronically via the Internet. See 
18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's Web 
site at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp. If unable to be 
filed electronically, documents may be paper-filed. To paper-file, an 
original and seven copies should be filed with: Secretary, Federal 
Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 
    Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, 
without prior registration, using the eComment system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp. Please include the docket number 
(DI11-3-000) on any comments, protests, and/or motions filed.
    k. Description of Project: The run-of-river Bear Creek Hydro 
Project will consist of: (1) An existing pond with a surface area of 
1.7 acres; (2) an existing 235-foot-long, 24-foot-high concrete 
diversion structure, with an ungated 82-foot-long overflow spillway; 
(3) a proposed 2,800-foot-long, 36-inch-diameter above-ground steel 
penstock, routed along the existing penstock alignment to the 
powerhouse; (4) an existing 28-foot-long, 82-foot wide powerhouse, 
containing two new 1,400-kW Pelton turbines, switchgear, and auxiliary 
equipment, with a computerized supervisory control system to control 
plant operations; (5) two existing tailraces, returning flows to Bear 
Creek; (6) a proposed 3.5-mile-long, 12.5 kV, 3-phase transmission 
line, interconnecting to the Puget Sound Energy transmission lines at 
Lake Tyee; and (7) appurtenant facilities.
    When a Declaration of Intention is filed with the Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission, the Federal Power Act requires the Commission to 
investigate and determine if the interests of interstate or foreign 
commerce would be affected by the proposed project. The Commission also 
determines whether or not the project: (1) Would be located on a 
navigable waterway; (2) would occupy or affect public lands or 
reservations of the United States; (3) would utilize surplus water or 
water power from a government dam; or (4) if applicable, has involved 
or would involve any construction subsequent to 1935 that may have 
increased or would increase the project's head or generating capacity, 
or have otherwise significantly modified the project's pre-1935 design 
or operation.
    l. Locations of the Application: Copies of this filing are on file 
with the Commission and are available for public inspection. This 
filing may be viewed on the web at http://www.ferc.gov using the 
``eLibrary'' link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three 
digits in the docket number field to access the document. You may also 
register online at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp to 
be notified via e-mail of new filings and issuances related to this or 
other pending projects. For assistance, please contact FERC Online 
Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll-free at (866) 208-3676, 
or TTY, contact (202) 502-8659. A copy is also available for inspection 
and reproduction at the address in item (h) above.
    m. Individuals desiring to be included on the Commission's mailing 
list should so indicate by writing to the Secretary of the Commission.
    n. Comments, Protests, and/or Motions To Intervene--Anyone may 
submit comments, a protest, and a motion to intervene in accordance 
with the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 
385.210, .211, .214. In determining the appropriate action to take, the 
Commission will consider all protests or other comments filed, but only 
those who file a motion to intervene in accordance with the 
Commission's Rules may become a party to the proceeding. Any comments, 
protests, and/or motions to intervene must be received on or before the 
specified comment date for the particular application.
    o. Filing and Service of Responsive Documents--Any filings must 
bear in all capital letters the title ``COMMENTS'', ``PROTESTS'', AND/
OR ``MOTIONS TO INTERVENE'', as applicable, and the Docket Number of 
the particular application to which the filing refers. A copy of any 
motion to intervene must also be served upon each representative of the 
Applicant specified in the particular application.
    p. Agency Comments--Federal, State, and local agencies are invited 
to file comments on the described application. A copy of the 
application may be obtained by agencies directly from the Applicant. If 
an agency does not file comments within the time specified for filing 
comments, it will be presumed to have no comments. One copy of an 
agency's comments must also be sent to the Applicant's representatives.

    Dated: March 2, 2011.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2011-5318 Filed 3-8-11; 8:45 am]