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Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP; Notice of Application

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Start Preamble April 7, 2003.

Take notice that on March 28, 2003, Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP (Dominion Cove Point), 120 Tredegar Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) in Docket No. CP03-74-000, an application pursuant to section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act and part 157 of the Comission's regulations for authorization to construct, install, own, operate, and maintain two new compressor stations, Loudoun Station and Pleasant Valley Station (Cove Point East Project), to be located in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties, Virginia, respectively, 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 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 or toll-free at (866) 208-3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502-8659.

Specifically, Dominion Cove Point requests authorization to construct the Loudoun Station, consisting of two 4,735 horsepower (hp) gas-fired compressor units and one 2,370 hp gas-fired compressor unit, and the Pleasant Valley Station, consisting of one 4,750 hp electric driven compressor unit and one 2,750 hp electric driven compressor unit, as well as appurtenant facilities at both stations. Dominion Cove Point states that both proposed new compressor stations will be constructed on land owned by Dominion Cove Point, and estimates the total cost of the project to be approximately $43.5 million. Dominion Cove Point proposes to price the new service incrementally and to establish an electric tracker applicable to customers of the proposed project.

Dominion Cove Point explains that, as part of an uncontested settlement approved by the Commission on February 27, 2003, Dominion Cove Point was required to file an application, on or before March 31, 2003, for certificate authority to construct facilities necessary to create firm transportation capacity from west to east on its system. By this application, Dominion Cove Point proposes to create such west to east transportation service. Dominion Cove Point states that it has entered into precedent agreements with two shippers for all 445,000 Dth/d of the project's incremental capacity.

Dominion Cove Point requests that the Commission issue a final order by September 30, 2003.

Any questions regarding this application should be directed to Mr. Sean R. Sleigh, Certificates Manager, Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP, 120 Tredegar Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, or call (304)627-3462 or FAX (304)627-3305.

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 Start Printed Page 17930all 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 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: April 28, 2003.

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Magalie R. Salas,


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[FR Doc. 03-9091 Filed 4-11-03; 8:45 am]