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Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline Company; Notice of Application

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Start Preamble March 21, 2008.

Take notice that on March 12, 2008, Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline Company (Williston Basin), P.O. Box 5601, Bismarck, North Dakota 58506-5601, filed an application pursuant to section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct and operate new natural gas facilities, the Sheyenne Expansion Project, consisting of compression, piping, and measurement facilities, located in various counties in North Dakota, all as more fully set forth in the application which 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 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, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free at (866) 208-3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502-8659.

Specifically, Williston Basin's proposed Sheyenne Expansion Project consists of: (i) The installation of a new 1,590 horsepower turbine-driven compressor unit, Unit #4, at the Bismarck Compressor Station, along with station piping modifications and a new gas cooler, located in Burleigh County, North Dakota; (ii) construction of the new Steele Compressor Station, located in Kidder County, North Dakota, consisting of one 1,750 horsepower electric-driven reciprocating compressor unit; (iii) install a control valve at the Cleveland Junction and a suction control valve for the Cleveland Compressor Station, located in Stutsman County, North Dakota; and (iv) construction of an approximately 6,400 foot, 8-inch diameter steel transmission lateral, the Casselton Ethanol Plant Lateral, and a measurement station, located in Cass County, North Dakota. Williston Basin estimates the cost of construction to be $7,487,160. Williston Basin states that the project would increase firm capacity into Williston Basin's subsystem by 9.65 MMcf/d, with approximately 96 per cent of the additional capacity for the Tharaldson ethanol plant.

Any questions regarding this Application should be directed to Keith Tiggelaar, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline Company, P.O. Box 5601, Bismarck, North Dakota 58506-5601or by telephone at (701) 530-1560 or e-mail at keith.tiggelaar@wbip.com.

On November 15, 2007, the Commission staff granted Williston Basin's request to utilize the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Pre-Filing Process and assigned Docket No. PF08-4-000 to staff activities involving the Williston Basin's expansion project. Now, as of the filing of Williston Basin's application on March 12, 2008, the NEPA Pre-Filing Process for this project has ended. From this time forward, Williston Basin's proceeding will be conducted in Docket No. CP08-89-000, as noted in the caption of this Notice.

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 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 Start Printed Page 16662the 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.

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: April 11, 2008.

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Kimberly D. Bose,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. E8-6312 Filed 3-27-08; 8:45 am]

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