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Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC; Notice of Application

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Take notice that on September 20, 2011, Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC (Natural), 3250 Lacey Road, 7th Floor, Downers Grove, Illinois 60515-7918, filed in Docket Number CP11-547-000, pursuant to sections 7(b) and 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA), an application to abandon and construct certain facilities located in Washington County, Iowa; Effingham, Clinton, and Piatt Counties, Illinois; and Harrison County, Texas. Natural's proposal is referred to as the 2012 NGPL Storage Optimization Project. The project has a total cost $57,585,839 plus $6,292,904 for the proposed Start Printed Page 62396abandonment, and Natural proposes rolled-in treatment for the costs of the project. 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.

The 2012 NGPL Storage Optimization Project includes the following:

(1) In Washington County, Iowa, at its Compressor Station No. 205 (CS 205), Natural proposes to construct a new 3,550 horsepower (hp) gas fired compressor unit, abandon dual 6-inch meter runs, and install new dual 10-inch meter runs. At its Keota St. Peter Reservoir, Natural proposes to increase the peak day withdrawal at full inventory by 35 MMcf/d for a total peak day withdrawal rate of 100 MMcf/d.

(2) In Effingham County, Illinois, Natural proposes to construct a new “greenfield” compressor station (CS 206A) consisting of a 22,000 hp electric motor driven centrifugal compressor unit, and associated facilities.

(3) In Clinton County, Illinois, Natural proposes to abandon in place two 2,800 hp gas fired compressor units at CS 310.

(4) In Piatt County, Illinois, Natural proposes to abandon in place three 2,800 hp gas fired compressor units at CS 311; and

(5) In Harrison County, Texas, Natural proposes to reduce the cushion gas inventory by 5 Bcf at its North Lansing Storage Field and retain the 5 Bcf of cushion gas capacity for operational needs, without changing the certificated total capacity, certificated working gas capacity, or certificated cushion gas capacity of the field.

Any questions regarding this Application should be directed to Bruce H. Newsome, Vice President, Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America, LLC, 3250 Lacey Road, 7th Floor, Downers Grove, Illinois 60515-7918, phone (630) 725-3070 or bruce_newsome@kindermorgan.com.

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 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 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: October 21, 2011.

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Dated: September 30, 2011.

Kimberly D. Bose,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2011-25961 Filed 10-6-11; 8:45 am]

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