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Northern Border Pipeline Company; Notice of Application

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Start Preamble July 12, 2010.

Take notice that on July 2, 2010, Northern Border Pipeline Company (Northern Border), 717 Texas Street, Houston, Texas, filed in the above referenced docket an application pursuant to section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act seeking authorization of the construction, ownership and operation of a new interstate natural gas pipeline lateral and related facilities (Princeton Lateral) designed to transport approximately 120 million cubic feet per day of natural gas from the existing Kasbeer side valve located on Northern Border's mainline system in Bureau County, Illinois, to a point of interconnection with the facilities of Central Illinois Light Company d/b/a AmerenCILCO (CILCO) near Princeton, Illinois, all as more fully set forth 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 http://www.fer.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, Northern Border seeks certificate authorization to: (1) Construct a new 8.65-mile lateral of 16-inch-outside-diameter pipeline; (2) construct an inline inspection tool launcher facility near the Northern Border Kasbeer side valve site; (3) construct one 8-inch ultrasonic meter and related pipeline facilities and inline inspection tool at the CILCO delivery location; and (4) establish new lateral line rate schedules, including applicable tariff provisions and initial recourse rates for transportation service on the Princeton Lateral. Northern Border estimates the cost of the project to be approximately $18,415,000.

Any questions regarding the application may be directed to Robert Jackson, Director, Certificates and Regulatory Administration, Northern Border Pipeline Company, 717 Texas Street, Houston, Texas, at phone number: (832) 320-5487, or by e-mail: robert_jackson@transcanada.com.

On November 12, 2009, the Commission staff granted Northern Border's request to utilize the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Pre-Filling Process and assigned Docket Number PF10-2-000 to staff activities involving the Princeton Lateral. Now, as of the filing Northern Border's application on July 2, 2010, the NEPA Pre-Filling Process for this project has ended. From this time forward, Northern Border's proceeding will be conducted in Docket No. CP10-468-000, 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.Start Printed Page 41843

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 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 commentors 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 commentors will not be required to serve copies of filed documents on all other parties. However, the non-party commentors 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 in lieu of paper using the “eFiling” link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 14 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426.

Comment Date: August 2, 2010.

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Kimberly D. Bose,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2010-17551 Filed 7-16-10; 8:45 am]

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