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Trunkline LNG Company; Notice of Application

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Start Preamble January 10, 2001.

Take notice that on January 5, 2001, Trunkline LNG Company (Trunkline LNG), P.O. Box 4967, Houston, Texas 77210-4967, filed an application with the Commission in Docket No. CP01-63-000 pursuant to section 7 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) for a certificate of public convenience and necessity requesting authorization to perform minor modifications to its liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal near Lake Charles, Louisiana, 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/​htm (call 202-208-2222 for assistance).

Specifically, Trunkline LNG requests authorization to install approximately 80 feet of 16-inch insulated stainless steel by-pass piping and valve actuator around the existing recondenser to increase the LNG throughput to the second stage pumps; modify the seven vaporizer air blowers and motors by replacing the existing air blowers with new air blowers and removing the existing 359 HP motors, installing new 500 HP motors to increase the air capabilities and, installing new burner nozzles and NOX controls on vaporizers to reduce emissions. Trunkline LNG states that the proposed modifications will eliminate operational bottlenecks in the re-gasification process and permit the terminal to increase the daily sendout capability from 700 MMscf/d to 1 Bscf/d at an estimated cost of approximately $1.25 million.

Any questions regarding this application should be directed to William W. Grygar, Vice President of Rates and Regulatory Affairs, 5444 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77056-5306 at (713) 989-7000.

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 January 31, 2001, 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 Trunkline LNG and by all other parties. A party must submit 14 copies of filings made with the Commission and must mail a copy to the Trunkline LNG 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 commenters 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 commenters will not be required to serve copies of filed documents on all other parties. However, the non-party commenters 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 may issue a preliminary determination on non-environmental issues prior to the completion of its review of the environmental aspects of the project. This preliminary determination typically considers such issues as the need for the project and its economic effect on existing customers of the Trunkline LNG, on other pipelines in the area, and on landowners and communities. For example, the Commission considers the extent to which the Trunkline LNG may need to exercise eminent domain to obtain rights-of-way for the proposed project and balances that against the non-environmental benefits to be provided by the project. Therefore, if a person has comments on community and landowner impacts from this proposal, it is important either to file comments or to intervene as early in the process as possible.

Comments and protests may be filed electronically via the internet in lieu of paper. See, 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(ii) and the instructions on the Commission's web site at http://www.ferc.fed.us/​efi/​doorbell.htm.

If the Commission decides to set the application for a formal hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, the Commission will issue another notice describing that process. At the end of Start Printed Page 4012the Commission's review process, a final Commission order approving or denying a certificate will be issued.

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David P. Boergers,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 01-1255 Filed 1-16-01; 8:45 am]

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