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Equitrans, L.P.; Notice of Application

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Start Preamble July 18, 2000.

Take notice that on July 11, 2000, Equitrans, L.P. (Equitrans), 100 Allegheny Center Mall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212, filed in Docket No. CP00-402-000 an application pursuant to Section 7(b) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) for permission and approval to abandon by sale to Noumenon Corporation (Noumenon), certain natural gas gathering pipeline and appurtenant facilities comprising its Daybrook gathering system which is located in Monongalia County, West Virginia, all as more fully set forth in the application which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection. This filing may be viewed on the web at http//www.ferc.fed.us/​online/​rims.htm (call 202-208-2222 for assistance).

Equitrans states that the facilities proposed for abandonment consists of approximately 53,273 feet of pipeline of various lengths and diameters, miscellaneous appurtenant facilities including valves, taps, regulators, meters and applicable rights-of-way and property interests related thereto.

The abandonment, it is said, would reduce the overall costs of Equitrans' gathering operations, minimize the amount of stranded costs required to maintain unbundled gathering rates, and permit Equitrans to provide a more economical operation of its authorized services by reducing its rate base and eliminating operation and maintenance costs.

Equitrans indicates that the facilities, after the sale, would continue to be distribution facilities exempt from the Commission's jurisdiction under Section 1(b) of the NGA.

Any person desiring to be heard or any person desiring to make any protests with reference to said application should on or before August 8, 2000, file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20426, a motion to intervene or a protest 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 Natural Gas Act (18 CFR 157.10). All protests filed with the Commission will be considered by it in determining the appropriate action to be taken but will not serve to make the protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party to a proceeding or to participate as a party in any hearing therein must file a motion to intervene in accordance with the Commission's Rules.

Take further notice that, pursuant to the authority contained in and subject to the jurisdiction conferred upon the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by Sections 7 and 15 of the Natural Gas Act and the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, a hearing will be held without further notice before the Commission or its designee on this application if no motion to intervene is filed within the time required herein, if the Commission on its own review of the matter finds that permission and approval for the proposed abandonment are required by the public convenience and necessity. If a motion for leave to intervene is time filed, or if the Commission on its own motion believes that a formal hearing is required, further notice of such hearing will be duly given.

Under the procedure herein provided for, unless otherwise advised, it will be unnecessary for Equitrans to appear or be represented at the hearing.

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David P. Boergers,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 00-18587 Filed 7-21-00; 8:45 am]

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