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Northwest Pipeline Corporation; Notice of Amendment

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Start Preamble February 14, 2003.

Take notice that on January 8, 2003, Northwest Pipeline Corporation (Northwest), 295 Chipeta Way, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84158, filed in Docket No. CP01-438-001, an application, pursuant to Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act and part 157 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (Commission) regulations to amend the certificate of public convenience and necessity issued September 23, 2002, in Docket No. CP01-438-000, for Northwest's Rockies Expansion project, as more fully described in the application. This filing is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov using the “FERRIS” link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll-free at (866)208-3676, or for TTY, contact (202)502-8659.

Specifically, Northwest requests the Commission to approve revised design modifications for Northwest's Green River, Muddy Creek, Lava, and Burley Compressor Stations, located in Sweetwater and Lincoln Counties, Wyoming and Bannock and Cassia Counties, Idaho, respectively, resulting in a total addition of 1,133 horsepower to the originally certificated 24,924 horsepower. Northwest also proposes to forgo originally certificated modifications, to install unloader pockets, at its Pocatello Compressor Station in Power County, Idaho. Northwest states that the proposed compression modifications will still provide the originally certificated capacity additions. The revised cost is estimated to be $139.9 million instead of the original $154.3 million.

Northwest requests that the Commission issue the amended certificate order by May 1, 2003, in order allow Northwest to meet the required November 1, 2003 in-service date.

Any questions regarding this application should be directed to Mr. Gary Kotter, Manager, Certificates and Tariffs, Northwest Pipeline Corporation, PO Box 58900, Salt Lake City, Utah 84158-0900 or call (801) 584-7117 or Fax (801) 584-7764.

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 the comment date stated below, 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 Start Printed Page 8589will 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 comments or to intervene as early in the process as possible.

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. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings.

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.

Comment Date: March 7, 2003.

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Magalie R. Salas,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 03-4206 Filed 2-21-03; 8:45 am]

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