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Atmos Pipeline and Storage, LLC; Notice of Application

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Take notice that on June 14, 2013, Atmos Pipeline and Storage, LLC. (Atmos), filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an application under section 7(b) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) to abandon: (1) Its certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing the construction and operation of the Fort Necessity Gas Storage Project (Project) and associated facilities originally issued in CP09-22-000 [1] ; (2) the blanket certificates issued to it under Parts 157 and 284, of the Commission's regulations; and (3) the exemption orders authorizing temporary acts and operations issued to it in CP08-34-000 and CP08-34-001 pursuant to 7(c)(I)(B) of the NGA (exemption orders) [2] .

Atmos has determined that its Project is no longer economically viable and does not plan to construct any of the facilities previously approved. The Project would have consisted of three 8.25 Bcf natural gas storage caverns, 7.4 miles of interconnecting pipeline and other appurtenant facilities located in Fort Necessity, Franklin Parish, Louisiana. With the exception of one test well approved in the exemption orders, no facilities associated with this project have been constructed. Atmos's application is on file with the Commission and open to 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 web at using the “eLibrary” link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC at or call toll-free, (886) 208-3676 or TYY, (202) 502-8659.

Any questions regarding the application should be directed to Kevin C. Frank, Esq., Atmos Energy Corporation, P.O. Box 650205, Dallas, TX, 75265-0205, by phone at (972) 855-3198 or by email at; or to James H. Jeffries IV, Moore & Van Allen, PLLC, Bank of America Corporate Center, 100 North Tryon Street, Suite 4700, Charlotte, NC, 28202-4003, by phone at (704) 331-1079 or by email at

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 seven copies of filings made in the proceeding with the Commission and must mail a copy to the applicant and to every other party. 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 Start Printed Page 39721Commission) 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 seven copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426.

Comment Date: July 17, 2013

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Dated: June 26, 2013.

Kimberly D. Bose,


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1.  Atmos Pipeline and Storage, LLC, 127 FERC ¶ 61,260 (2009).

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2.  Atmos Pipeline and Storage, LLC, 122 FERC ¶ 61, 100 (2008) and 125 FERC ¶ 61, 148 (2008)

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[FR Doc. 2013-15861 Filed 7-1-13; 8:45 am]