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Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company; Notice of Application

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Take notice that on March 9, 2011, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (Tennessee), filed an application in Docket No. CP11-133-000 pursuant to section 7(b) and (c) of the Natural Gas Act and Part 157 of the Commission's Regulations, for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to upgrade and modify compression facilities to be located in New York (Station 230C Project).

Tennessee proposes to replace two compressor units with two larger compressor units, as well and make other enhancements at its compressor Station 230C near Lockport, New York, in order to enhance the operational flexibility of the Niagara Spur Loop Line (NSLL), a Canadian border crossing, and thereby enhance the flexibility and reliability of transportation services provided to shippers on the interstate pipeline systems owned by National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation (National Fuel) and Tennessee. As operator of jointly-owned facilities, Tennessee proposes the Station 230C Start Printed Page 18748enhancements in order to operate the NSLL and the Canadian border crossing bi-directionally. In a related application, National Fuel filed on March 7, 2011 in Docket No. CP11-128-000, seeking authorization to enhance and modify facilities on its system to offer bi-directional flow, and for the transportation of natural gas to, and on the NSLL facilities for delivery to the facilities of TransCanada PipeLines, Ltd. at Niagara (Northern Access Project). Both the Northern Access Project and the Station 230C Project enhancements will allow for bi-directional firm transportation service for National Fuel's shipper to the facilities of TransCanada PipeLines, Ltd. at Niagara, all as more fully set forth in the applications which are on file with the Commission and open for public inspection. Tennessee estimates the cost of the Station 230C Project to be $20,055,000.

Any questions concerning this application may be directed to James D. Johnston, Associate General Counsel, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, 1001 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas 77002, phone: (713) 420-4998, fax: (713) 420-1601, e-mail:, or Thomas Joyce, Manager, Rates and Regulatory Affairs, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, 1001 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas 77002, phone: (713) 420-3299, fax: (713) 420-1605, e-mail:

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 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 7 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 Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 7 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426.

This filing is accessible on-line at, using the “eLibrary” link and is available for review in the Commission's Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an “eSubscription” link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive e-mail notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please e-mail, or call (866) 208-3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502-8659.

Comment Date: April 7, 2011.

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Dated: March 17, 2011.

Kimberly D. Bose,


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[FR Doc. 2011-7990 Filed 4-4-11; 8:45 am]