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Tallgrass Interstate Gas Transmission, LLC; Notice of Availability of the Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Pony Express Pipeline Conversion Project

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The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) of the Pony Express Pipeline Conversion Project (PXP Conversion Project) proposed by Tallgrass Interstate Gas Transmission, LLC, (TIGT) formerly known as Kinder Morgan Interstate Gas Transmission, LLC (KMIGT) in the above referenced docket.

The EA assesses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the proposed Project in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FERC staff concludes that approval of the proposed projects, with appropriate mitigating measures, would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.Start Printed Page 37216

TIGT proposes to: (1) Abandon certain natural gas pipeline facilities and the service by transfer to an affiliate, Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline, LLC (TPXP) for the purpose of converting the facilities to oil transportation facilities; and (2) construct and operate certain replacement type facilities necessary to continue service to existing natural gas firm transportation customers. TIGT also is seeking authorization to construct certain new compression, pipeline segments and interconnects and has agreed to enter into transportation arrangements with four natural gas transmission companies in order to maintain service for the long-term customer needs of approximately 104,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/day). The proposed activities include the following:

  • Abandonment of a 432.4-mile pipeline segment (20-inch and 24-inch diameter) to be transferred by sale to TPXP;
  • Abandonment and removal of three natural gas mainline compressor stations, four meter stations, and certain ancillary facilities;
  • Construction of a new mainline compressor station referred to as the Tescott Compressor Station in Ottawa County, Kansas;
  • Construction of a 4-inch-diameter, 4-mile-long lateral pipeline in Colorado;
  • Construction of a 22-mile-long, 4-inch-diameter lateral pipeline in Nebraska and Kansas;
  • Construction of two booster compressor units and certain ancillary facilities at the existing Glenrock Compressor Station in Wyoming and the existing Yuma Compressor Station in Colorado; and
  • Construction/conversion/modification of six meter stations to enable deliveries into and/or receipts from other interstate pipeline systems.

The FERC staff mailed copies of the EA have been mailed to federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes; potentially affected landowners and other interested individuals and groups; newspapers and libraries in the project area; and parties to this proceeding. In addition, the EA is available for public viewing on the FERC's Web site ( using the eLibrary link. A limited number of copies of the EA are available for distribution and public inspection at: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Public Reference Room, 888 First Street NE., Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426, (202) 502-8371.

Any person wishing to comment on the EA may do so. Your comments should focus on the potential environmental effects, reasonable alternatives, and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts. The more specific your comments, the more useful they will be. To ensure that the Commission has the opportunity to consider your comments prior to making its decision on this project, it is important that we receive your comments in Washington, DC on or before July 15, 2013.

For your convenience, there are three methods in which you can use to submit your comments to the Commission. In all instances, please reference the project docket numbers (CP12-495-000) with your submission. The Commission encourages electronic filing of comments and has expert staff available to assist you at (202) 502-8258 or

(1) You can file your comments electronically using the eComment feature on the Commission's Web site ( under the link to Documents and Filings. This is an easy method for submitting brief, text-only comments on a project;

(2) You can also file your comments electronically using the eFiling feature on the Commission's Web site ( under the link to Documents and Filings. With eFiling, you can provide comments in a variety of formats by attaching them as a file with your submission. New eFiling users must first create an account by clicking on “eRegister.” You must select the type of filing you are making. If you are filing a comment on a particular project, please select “Comment on a Filing”; or

(3) You can file a paper copy of your comments by mailing them to the following address: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First St. NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426.

Any person seeking to become a party to the proceeding must file a motion to intervene pursuant to Rule 214 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedures (18 CFR 385.214).[1] Only intervenors have the right to seek rehearing of the Commission's decision. The Commission grants affected landowners and others with environmental concerns intervenor status upon showing good cause by stating that they have a clear and direct interest in this proceeding which no other party can adequately represent. Simply filing environmental comments will not give you intervenor status, but you do not need intervenor status to have your comments considered.

Additional information about the project is available from the Commission's Office of External Affairs, at (866) 208-FERC, or on the FERC Web site ( using the eLibrary link. Click on the eLibrary link, click on “General Search,” and enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the Docket Number field (i.e., CP12-495). Be sure you have selected an appropriate date range. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at or toll free at (866) 208-3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502-8659. The eLibrary link also provides access to the texts of formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rulemakings.

In addition, the Commission now offers a free service called eSubscription which allows you to keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets. This can reduce the amount of time you spend researching proceedings by automatically providing you with notification of these filings, document summaries and direct links to the documents. Go to​esubscribenow.htm.

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Dated: June 14, 2013.

Kimberly D. Bose,


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1.  See the previous discussion on the methods for filing comments.

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[FR Doc. 2013-14728 Filed 6-19-13; 8:45 am]