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Distrigas of Massachusetts Corporation; Notice of Application for a Blanket Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity

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Start Preamble July 20, 2000.

Take notice that on July 10, 2000, Distrigas of Massachusetts Corporation (“DOMAC”) filed an abbreviated application for a blanket certificate of public convenience and necessity to install and operate certain temporary air injection equipment as needed at its liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) terminal in Everett, Massachusetts.

DOMAC states that it may require additional air injection capability on a temporary basis in the future in order to air stabilize higher-BTU cargoes of LNG or during periods of maintenance or repair to the permanent air injection equipment. DOMAC states that its current permanently-installed air injection equipment may not in all cases permit DOMAC to air stabilize sufficient quantities of higher-Btu LNG to meet all customer needs and to send out regasified LNG at a rate sufficient to allow receipt of incoming LNG cargoes. Because lower-Btu LNG is generally available, DOMAC does not foresee a requirement for additional permanent air injection facilities. Accordingly, DOMAC is filing for blanket certificate authority to install such equipment as needed in the future.

Any question regarding this application should be directed to Robert A. Nailling, Senior Counsel, Distrigas of Massachusetts Corporation, 75 State Street, 12th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02109, (617) 526-8300.

Any person desiring to be heard or to make any protest with reference to said application should on or before August 10, 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 385.211 and 385.214) 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. The Commission's rules require that protestors provide copies of their protests to the party or parties directly involved. Any person wishing to become a party in any proceeding herein must file a motion to intervene in accordance with the Commission's rules. Copies of this filing are on file with the Commission and are available for public inspection. This filing may be viewed on the Internet at​online/​rims.htm (call 202-208-2222 for assistance).

A person obtaining intervenor 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 every one of the intervenors. An intervenor can file for rehearing of any Commission order and can petition for court review of any such order. However, an intervenor must submit Start Printed Page 45969copies of comments or any other filing it makes with the Commission to every other intervenor in the proceeding, as well as 14 copies with the Commission.

A person does not have to intervene, however, in order to have comments considered. A person, instead, may submit two copies of comments to the Secretary of the Commission. Commenters will be placed on the Commission's environmental mailing list, will receive copies of environmental documents and will be able to participate in meetings associated with the Commission's environmental review process. Commenters will not be required to serve copies of filed documents on all other parties. However, commenters will not receive copies of all documents filed by other parties or issued by the Commission and will not have the right to seek rehearing or appeal the Commission's final order to a Federal court.

The Commission will consider all comments and concerns equally, whether filed by commenters or those requesting intervenor status.

Take further notice that, pursuant to the authority contained in and subject to the jurisdiction conferred upon the 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 a grant of the certificate is required by the public convenience and necessity. If a motion for leave to intervene is timely filed, or if the Commission on its own motion believes that 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 DOMAC to appear or to be represented at the hearing.

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David P. Boergers,


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[FR Doc. 00-18853 Filed 7-25-00; 8:45 am]