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Pacific Gas & Electric Company's Proposed Cressey-Gallo 115 kV Power Line Project

(Application A.11-11-020, filed November 30, 2011)


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Welcome to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) web site for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review of Pacific Gas and Electric's (PG&E's) proposed Cressey-Gallo 115 kV Power Line Project. An application for this project was submitted to the CPUC on November 30, 2011 (A.11-11-020) This site provides access to public documents and information relevant to the CEQA review process..

Background

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is proposing to construct the Cressey-Gallo 115 Kilovolt (kV) Power Line Project, a new, approximately 14.4-mile-long, single-circuit power line needed to improve transmission system reliability for customers in north-central Merced County, California.

The project consists of constructing a new 115 kV power line between Cressey and Gallo substations to form a power line loop with two other area substations (Livingston and Atwater). The new transmission loop will allow power to flow from another direction when there is an outage on a line feeding the loop, avoiding customer service interruptions from single-line outages in this area. As proposed by PG&E, the project includes:

  • Constructing a new, approximately 14.4-mile, single-circuit 115 kV power line interconnecting Cressey Substation and Gallo Substation.

  • Upgrading the bus configurations at Cressey Substation and replacing the existing radial power line transition into the substation within the existing substation property.

  • Expanding Gallo Substation to add switchgear and upgrade the bus configurations.

The project is located in the San Joaquin Valley in Merced County near the City of Livingston, California. The project route is oriented primarily east to-west between Cressey Substation and Gallo Substation, intersecting with State Route 99 south of the City of Livingston. The project will connect Cressey Substation (located at the southeast corner of West Lane and Meadow Drive, approximately 2 miles east of the community of Cressey) to an expanded Gallo Substation (located on the property of the Gallo Winery facility at 18000 River Road, approximately 4 miles west of the City of Livingston).

Proponent's Environmental Assessment (PEA)

PG&E filed a PEA with the Application in November 2011. The PEA provides a starting point for the independent environmental review process conducted by the CPUC.

Environmental Review Process

PG&E's Application and PEA were deemed complete for review by the CPUC on December 21, 2011.

Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration

On February 27, 2013, the CPUC released a Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Cressey-Gallo 115 kV power Line Project showing that the Proposed Project, as mitigated, would not have any significant effects on the environment. The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration and Supporting Initial Study (IS/MND) can be viewed here.

The Draft IS/MND underwent a public review period from February 27, 2013, through March 29, 2013.

Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration

On June 7, 2013, the CPUC released a Final Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Cressey-Gallo 115 kV Power Line Project, showing that the Proposed Project, as mitigated, would not have any significant effects on the environment. The Final MND details the Proposed Project, evaluates and describes its potential environmental impacts, identifies those impacts that could be significant, and presents mitigation measures to avoid or minimize these impacts. The Final IS/MND can be viewed here.

CPUC Actions After Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) Publication

There is no comment period following issuance of the Final IS/MND. The CPUC will determine the adequacy of the Final IS/MND, and, if adequate, will adopt the document as being compliant with CEQA. If adequate, the CPUC will issue a Proposed Decision on the Application, which will be announced and published concurrent with a scheduled Commission meeting. After the Commission makes the decision on the Application, a Notice of Determination will be mailed to the State Clearinghouse within 5 days of the Decision. The 30-day statute of limitations for court challenges begins after the Notice of Determination is filed.

Mitigation Monitoring

Mitigation Monitoring, Compliance, and Reporting Plan

Following CPUC approval, a Mitigation Monitoring, Compliance, and Reporting Plan (MMCRP) was prepared to ensure compliance with applicant proposed measures (APMs) and mitigation measures approved in the Final IS/MND. The MMCRP provides guidelines and standardize procedures for environmental compliance during project implementation. The procedures were developed in coordination with PG&E and CPUC and describe the reporting relationships, the roles and responsibilities of the project's environmental compliance team members, compliance reporting procedures, and the communication protocol.

The MMCRP can be viewed here (5.2MB).

As defined by the MMCRP, at various times throughout project construction, minor changes to the project, such as the need for additional or revised workspace, are anticipated and common practice for construction efforts of this scale and a Minor Project Change request would be required for such activities. The CPUC Project Manager, along with the CPUC EMs, will implement the Minor Project Change procedures defined in the MMCRP to evaluate each proposed project change for its potential for creating significant environmental effects to determine whether supplemental CEQA review is required. Minor Project Changes processed to date are provided in the table below.

Minor Project Change
Date Requested
Date Issued
Description
#1
10/1/14
Use of an existing alternative staging area 75 feet west of the proposed Staging Area 001 located southeast of the Gallo Substation

For Additional Information

The CPUC, through its Environmental Review Team, is conducting an environmental review of the project. To request additional information, ask a question, or be added to the project mailing list, please contact:

Voicemail or Fax (209) 812-1952
U.S. Mail or Courier Billie Blanchard
California Public Utilities Commission
c/o Aspen Environmental Group
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 935
San Francisco CA 94104-3002
Email cresseygallo@aspeneg.com
   

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