Incidental Take Authorization: Annova LNG Common Infrastructure (Annova) LNG Terminal Construction in the Brownsville Ship Channel in Cameron County, Texas
NOAA Fisheries has received a request from Rio Grande LNG, LLC (Rio Grande) and, separately, Annova LNG Common Infrastructure (Annova) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to pile driving and removal associated with the construction of LNG terminals in the Brownsville Ship Channel (BSC), Cameron County, Texas. We are requesting comments on a proposal to issue two separate incidental harassment authorizations (IHAs; one to Rio Grande and one to Annova) to incidentally take marine mammals during the specified activities. We are also requesting comments on a possible one-year renewal that could be issued under certain circumstances and if all requirements are met, as described in Request for Public Comments at the end of this notice. We will consider public comments prior to making any final decision on the issuance of the requested MMPA authorizations and agency responses will be summarized in the final notice of our decision.