Take notice that on March 13, 2007, National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation (National Fuel), 6363 Main Street, Williamsville, New York 14221, filed an application in Docket No. CP07-101-000 pursuant to section 7(b) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) for permission and approval to abandon by sale, the Owls Nest Storage Field located in Elk County, Pennsylvania. In addition, National Fuel requests authorization to abandon by sale, the base gas in that field, all as more fully set forth in the application which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection.
National Fuel states that due to the magnitude of expenditures required to maintain performance of the facilities comprising the Owls Nest Storage Field, compared to the minor contribution of the facilities to its system wide deliverability and capacity, National Fuel proposes to abandon its storage operations at the Owls Nest field, abandon the facilities by sale to an entity that would use the facilities for the production and gathering of natural gas, and sell the recoverable base gas. National Fuel states that, at this time, the purchasing party is unknown and proposes to notify the Commission of the purchaser's identity within ten days following the execution of a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the facilities. National Fuel states that it will not Start Printed Page 14271replace its existing storage capabilities through additions to existing facilities, and will instead, meet its existing storage requirements through more efficient operations of its remaining storage fields. In addition, National Fuel states that it does not propose the abandonment of service to any customer as a result of the sale, nor are any new or expanded services proposed, nor any construction or expansion of National Fuel's facilities proposed in connection with the sale.
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 “eLibrary” link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or Telephone: 202-502-6652; Toll-free: 1-866-208-3676; or for TTY, contact (202) 502-8659.
Any initial questions regarding this application should be directed to David W. Reitz, Deputy General Counsel for National Fuel, 6363 Main Street, Williamsville, New York 14221, at (716) 857-7949.
Pursuant to Section 157.9 of the Commission's rules, 18 CFR 157.9, within 90 days of this Notice the Commission staff will either: Complete its environmental assessment (EA) and place it into the Commission's public record (eLibrary) for this proceeding; or issue a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review. If a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review is issued, it will indicate, among other milestones, the anticipated date for the Commission staff's issuance of the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) or EA for this proposal. The filing of the EA in the Commission's public record for this proceeding or the issuance of a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review will serve to notify federal and state agencies of the timing for the completion of all necessary reviews, and the subsequent need to complete all Federal authorizations within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff's FEIS or EA.
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 proceeding 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 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. The Commission's rules require that persons filing comments in opposition to the project provide copies of their protests only to the applicant. 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: April 11, 2007.Start Signature
Philis J. Posey,
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