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Trunkline LNG Company, LLC; Notice of Filing

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Start Preamble March 8, 2004.

Take notice that on February 27, 2004, Trunkline LNG Company, LLC Start Printed Page 12312(Trunkline LNG), P.O. Box 4967, Houston, Texas 77210-4967, filed in the captioned docket an abbreviated application, pursuant to section 3(a) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and part 157 of the Commission's rules and regulations, to amend the authority granted for its LNG Terminal Expansion Project by Commission Order dated December 18, 2002, in Docket Nos. CP02-60-000, as amended by the October 27, 2003, order in Docket No. CP02-60-003. The application is on file with the Commission and open for public inspection. 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 “eLibrary” 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.

Trunkline LNG requests authorization to amend its Original Expansion Project, as amended, with the following modifications: the layberth will be converted into an LNG unloading dock. Three LNG unloading arms, one vapor return/delivery arm, and support trestles will be installed. These facilities will permit continuous unloading of ships from either of the two docks; however, no simultaneous unloading of LNG ships will occur. The facilities will be designed to provide a maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) of 1,261 psig. The amended expansion project is needed to provide additional firm vaporization service and increased sendout capability for Trunkline LNG's customer, BG LNG Services, LLC (BGLS). The modification will not change the level of Trunkline LNG terminal's storage capacity of 9.0 Bcf. The sustained sendout capacity of the terminal will be increased from 1.2 to 1.8 Bcf/d, with 2.1 Bcf/d peak sendout capacity. BGLS will have 100% of the terminal's expanded capacity under a long-term contract which terminates on December 31, 2023.

Any questions regarding the application are to be directed to William W. Grygar, Vice President of Rates and Regulatory Affairs, 5444 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77056.

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 below listed comment date, 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 comments or to intervene as early in the process as possible.

Motions to intervene, protests and comments 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.

Comment Date: March 19, 2004.

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Magalie R. Salas,


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[FR Doc. E4-570 Filed 3-15-04; 8:45 am]