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Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company; Notice of Application

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Start Preamble July 19, 2002.

Take notice that on July 3, 2002, Tennessee Gas Pipelines Company (Tennessee), 9 East Greenway Plaza, Houston, Texas 77046, filed in Docket No. CP02-402-000 , for permission and approval pursuant to section 7(b) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) to abandon certain pipeline and appurtenant facilities in the offshore Louisiana area, all as more fully set forth in the application which is 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 be viewed on the Web at using the “RIMS” link, select “Docket #” from the RIMS Menu and follow the instructions (call (202) 208-2222 for assistance).

Specifically, Tennessee proposes to abandon a 200-foot segment of Line 527A-300 located in West Delta Block 61A (WD61A) at the point where the line connects with Mesa Petroleum Company's (Mesa) platform. Tennessee also proposes to abandon a meter designated as the WD61A receipt point. Tennessee states that the line and meter were installed in 1978 to gain access to gas supplies in West Delta Blocks 61 and 62. It is explained that production from the platform ceased as of May 20, 1998 and that Pioneer Resources, USA, Inc. (Pioneer), the successor to Mesa's interest in the WD61A platform, intends to abandon and remove the platform. Tennessee's application includes a copy of the letter from Pioneer dated April 9, 2002, informing Tennessee that the platform is being removed.

In addition, Tennessee requests a limited, one-time waiver of the Commission's capacity release regulations and the capacity release provisions in Tennessee's FERC Gas Tariff to allow the continuation of a replacement contract with a new receipt point made necessary by the proposed abandonment. It is explained that although Tennessee is no longer receiving gas supplies from the Block 61 platform, Tennessee still has an agreement with Columbia Gas of Ohio, Inc. (COH) to provide gas under an FT agreement at the meter being abandoned, and that COH has released a portion of its firm capacity to Mirant Americas Energy Marketing , L.P. for a one-year term ending October 31, 2002.

Any questions regarding this amendment should be directed to Susan T. Halbach Senior Counsel, at (832) 676-5556.

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 August 9, 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-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 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 Start Printed Page 48644comments 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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Linwood A. Watson, Jr.,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 02-18829 Filed 7-24-02; 8:45 am]