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Northern Natural Gas Company; Notice of Application

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Start Preamble February 25, 2005.

Take notice that on February 18, 2005, Northern Natural Gas Company (Northern), 1111 South 103rd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68124, filed an application in Docket No. CP05-73-000 pursuant to section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and Part 157(A) of the Commission's Regulations, for authorization to construct and operate two pig launchers, with appurtances, located in Carver County, Minnesota, all as more fully set forth in the application which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection. This filing may be also viewed on the Web 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 FERCOnline Support at or toll free at (866) 208-3676, or TTY, contact (202) 502-8659.

The pig launchers would be attached to the Waconia branch lines, which would allow Northern to run an in-line inspection tool to gather data on the condition of the pipeline. These facilities are required in order for Northern to perform duties in compliance with the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 and the Department of Transportation Final Integrity management Rule for High Consequence Areas. The proposed installation and operation of the pig launchers will not impact capacity on the Waconia branch lines. Northern has used section 2.55(a) of the Commission's Regulations to install pig launchers in the past, but that, under section 2.55(a) pipelines are not authorized to acquire needed easements for property by exercise of eminent domain. Northern is filing this 7(c) application in order to receive authority from the Commission to install pig launchers and to be allowed to exercise the power of eminent domain to acquire the necessary easements to install the required facilities. Northern has estimated the capital cost for the pig launchers at $386,159.

Any questions regarding this application should be directed to Michael T. Loeffler, Director of Certificates for Northern, 111 South 103rd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68124, at (402) 398-7103, or Bret Fritch, Senior Regulatory Analyst, at (402) 398-7140.

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 Start Printed Page 10388the 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 strongly encourages electronic filings of comments, protests and interventions 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.

Comment Date: March 18, 2005.

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Magalie Salas,


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[FR Doc. E5-889 Filed 3-2-05; 8:45 am]