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Columbia Gulf Transmission Company and Energy Interchange, LLC; Notice of Application

 

Take notice that on July 1, 2011, Columbia Gulf Transmission Company (Columbia Gulf), and Energy Interchange, LLC (Energy Interchange), filed in the above referenced dockets a joint application pursuant to sections 7(c) and 7(b), of the Natural Gas Act (NGA), and Parts 157 and 284 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Regulations for (1) A certificate of public convenience and necessity under section 7(c) authorizing the lease of interstate pipeline capacity by Energy Interchange from Columbia Gulf; (2) approval of the related abandonment under section 7(b) by Columbia Gulf of the interstate pipeline capacity through an operating lease; (3) a blanket certificate pursuant to part 284, subparts B and G, authorizing Energy Interchange to provide interruptible hub support services in interstate commerce pursuant to the terms of Energy Interchange's pro forma FERC Gas Tariff set forth in Exhibit P hereto; (4) a blanket certificate of public convenience and necessity pursuant to section 157.204 of the Commission's Regulations authorizing future facility construction, operations, and abandonment as set forth in the blanket certificate Regulations in 18 CFR subpart F; and (5) authority for Energy Interchange to charge market-based rates for the proposed open access hub support services that Energy Interchange will offer. In addition, Columbia Gulf and Energy Interchange respectfully request waiver of certain Commission regulations, all as more fully set forth in the application. This filing is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission's Web site 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. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free at (866) 208-3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502-8659.

Any questions regarding this application should be directed to J. Curtis Moffatt,Van Ness Feldman PC, 1050 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW., Washington, DC 20007-3877, or by phone at (202) 298-1800 or Carlos F. Peña, Assistant General Counsel, NiSource Corporate Services Company, 5151 San Felipe, Suite 2500, Houston, Texas 77056, or by phone at (713) 267-4751.

Pursuant to section 157.9 of the Commission's rules, 18 CFR 157.9, within 90 days of this Notice the Commission staff will either: complete its environmental assessment (EA) and place it into the Commission's public record (eLibrary) for this proceeding; or issue a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review. If a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review is issued, it will indicate, among other milestones, the anticipated date for the Commission staff's issuance of the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) or EA for this proposal. The filing of the EA in the Commission's public record for this proceeding or the issuance of a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review will serve to notify federal and state agencies of the timing for the completion of all necessary reviews, and the subsequent need to complete all federal authorizations within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff's FEIS or EA.

There are two ways to become involved in the Commission's review of this project. First, any person wishing to obtain legal status by becoming a party to the proceedings for this project should, on or before the comment date stated below, file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426, a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.214 or 385.211) and the Regulations under the NGA (18 CFR 157.10). A person obtaining party status will be placed on the service list maintained by the Secretary of the Commission and will receive copies of all documents filed by the applicant and by all other parties. A party must submit 7 copies of filings made with the Commission and must mail a copy to the applicant and to every other party in the proceeding. Only parties to the proceeding can ask for court review of Commission orders in the proceeding.

However, a person does not have to intervene in order to have comments considered. The second way to participate is by filing with the Secretary of the Commission, as soon as possible, an original and two copies of comments in support of or in opposition to this project. The Commission will consider these comments in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but the filing of a comment alone will not serve to make the filer a party to the proceeding. The Commission's rules require that persons filing comments in opposition to the project provide copies of their protests only to the party or parties directly involved in the protest.

Persons who wish to comment only on the environmental review of this project should submit an original and two copies of their comments to the Secretary of the Commission. Environmental commentors will be placed on the Commission's environmental mailing list, will receive copies of the environmental documents, and will be notified of meetings associated with the Commission's environmental review process. Environmental commentors will not be required to serve copies of filed documents on all other parties. However, the non-party commentors will not receive copies of all documents filed by other parties or issued by the Commission (except for the mailing of environmental documents issued by the Commission) and will not have the right to seek court review of the Commission's final order.

The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings of comments, protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the “eFiling” link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 14 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426.

Comment Date: August 4, 2011.

Dated: July 14, 2011.

Kimberly D. Bose,

Secretary.

[FR Doc. 2011-18916 Filed 7-26-11; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 6717-01-P

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