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East Tennessee Natural Gas, LLC; Notice of Application

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Take notice that on August 14, 2013, East Tennessee Natural Gas, LLC (East Tennessee), 5400 Westheimer Court, Houston, Texas 77056-5310, filed an application pursuant to Section 7(b) and 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and Part 157 of the Commission's regulations, for authorization to construct, own, and operate the Kingsport Expansion Project (Project) located in Sullivan County, Tennessee and Washington County, Virginia. This filing may also 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, call (866) 208-3676 or TTY, (202) 502-8659.

The Project is designed to provide natural gas service to Eastman Chemical Company's (Eastman) existing manufacturing facility in Sullivan County, Tennessee. East Tennessee and Eastman have executed a precedent agreement for 61,000 Dth/day of firm transportation service for a primary term of 25 years from the service commencement date. East Tennessee proposes to construct approximately 6.5 miles of new 16-inch diameter natural gas pipeline mainline extension and related facilities in Sullivan County, Tennessee. East Tennessee proposes to abandon in place, removal, and relay of 8-inch diameter pipeline with 24-inch diameter pipeline and construct approximately 3.3 miles, 16-inch diameter loop of the existing Nora Line in Washington County, Virginia. Also, East Tennessee will construct approximately 5.7 miles of pipeline in Smyth County, Virginia. East Tennessee estimates that the proposed project will cost approximately $113.5 million and proposes an initial incremental recourse rate for firm transportation service on the Kingsport Project under Rate Schedule FT-A. East Tennessee proposes an in-service date for the Project being January 1, 2015.

Any questions regarding this application should be directed to Lisa A. Connolly, General Manager, Rates & Certificates, East Tennessee Natural Gas, LLC, 5400 Westheimer Court, P.O. Box 1642, Houston, Texas 77251-1642, by telephone at (713) 627-4102, or by email at laconnolly@spectraenergy.com.

On January 23, 2013, the Commission staff granted East Tennessee's request to use the pre-filing process and assigned Docket No. PF13-6-000 to staff activities involving the Project. Now, as of the filing of this application on August 14, 2013, the NEPA Pre-Filing Process for this project has ended. From this time forward, this proceeding will be conducted in Docket No. CP13-534-000, 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.

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 5 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: September 12, 2013.

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Dated: August 22, 2013.

Kimberly D. Bose,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2013-21205 Filed 8-29-13; 8:45 am]

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