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Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, L.L.C.; Notice of Application

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Start Preamble February 12, 2002.

Take notice that on January 31, 2002, Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, L.L.C. (Maritimes), 1284 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts 02135, filed in Docket No. CP02-78-000, an application pursuant to Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA), for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct and operate certain pipeline and compression facilities in order to render up to 400,000 dekatherms per day of firm transportation service, all as more fully set forth in the application on file with the Commission and open to public inspection. Copies of this filing are on file with the Commission and are available for public inspection. This filing may also be viewed on the web at http://www.ferc.gov using the “RIMS” link, select “Docket#” and follow the instructions (call 202-208-2222 for assistance).

Specifically, Maritimes proposes to construct and operate: (1) Approximately 31.3 miles of 36-inch diameter pipeline loop in Washington County, Maine; (2) four new compressor stations in the state of Maine in the towns of Eliot, Gorham, Searsmont, and Brewer, each consisting of 26,800 horsepower (a total of 107,200 horsepower); (3) modifications at the existing Baileyville and Richmond Compressor Stations; (4) modifications to three existing compressor stations; and (5) a new meter station in Haverhill, Massachusetts. In addition, Maritimes proposes to construct various auxiliary installation under Section 2.55 of the Commission's regulations. Maritimes estimates that the cost of the proposed facilities is $250 million and will be financed by equity (25 percent) and a combination of short-term and long-term debt (75 percent).

Maritimes further states that it will provide firm and interruptible service for the capacity created by its proposed facilities pursuant to its existing rate schedules on file with the Commission and the General Terms and Conditions of its FERC Gas Tariff. PanCanadian Energy Services Inc. (PanCanadian) has executed a precedent agreement for a ten-year term for the firm transportation of the entire capacity created by the proposed facilities. Maritimes states that it will provide service to PanCanadian at negotiated rates in accordance with its FERC Gas Tariff.

Maritimes states that its proposal is consistent with the Commission's Certificate Policy Statement. Maritimes maintains that its existing customers will not subsidize the proposed facilities since the revenues associated with the transportation of the PanCanadian volumes will exceed the costs associated with the proposed facilities.[1] Maritimes adds that its proposed facilities will have minimal impact on existing pipelines and their customers, or on landowners and communities and that the public benefits of its proposal outweigh any adverse effects.

Any questions regarding the application should be directed to Joseph F. McHugh, Director, Regulatory Affairs, M&N Management Company, 1284 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts 02135 at 617-560-1518.

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 March 5, 2002, 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 14 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 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-Start Printed Page 7367environmental issues prior to the completion of its review of the environmental aspects of the project. The preliminary determination typically considers such issues as the need for the project and its economic effect on existing customers of the applicant, on other pipelines in the area, and on landowners and communities. For example, the Commission considers the extent to which the applicant 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, protests, and interventions may be filed electronically via the Internet in lieu of paper. See, 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's web site under the “e-Filing” link.

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 the Commission's review process, a final Commission order approving or denying a certificate will be issued.

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Magalie R. Salas,

Secretary.

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Footnotes

1.  Maritimes states that it does not seek a determination at this time regarding the appropriateness of rolling-in the costs of the proposed facilities, but may do so in a future rate case.

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[FR Doc. 02-3906 Filed 2-15-02; 8:45 am]

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