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ANR Pipeline Company; Notice of Request Under Blanket Authorization

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Take notice that on April 7, 2017, ANR Pipeline Company (ANR), 700 Louisiana Street, Suite 700, Houston, Texas 77002-2700, filed in Docket No. CP17-135-000 a prior notice request pursuant to sections 157.205, and 157.208(f)(2) of the Commission's regulations under the Natural Gas Act (NGA), and ANR's blanket certificate issued in Docket No. CP82-480-000, to change the Maximum Operating Pressure (MOP) of Line 8230 from 870 pounds per square inch gage (psig) to 780 psig. The Line 8230 is a 15.8-mile-long, 20-inch-diameter lateral line, located in Clare County, Michigan. Natural gas is received on Line 8230 from the ANR mainline system at the Lincoln Compressor Station, and delivered at the Alpena and Harrison meter stations.

ANR states that due to an increase in population along certain discrete sections of Line 8230 in 2010, ANR was required, pursuant to Part 192 of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, to either upgrade the pipe in those sections or to lower the Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure, or MAOP, in those sections by January 12, 2012.

ANR has determined that it will not pursue an upgrade of the pipe in the affected sections, and therefore, ANR proposes to change the MOP of Line 8230 from 870 psig to 780 psig. ANR affirms that the MOP change will not adversely affect the quality or quantity of service otherwise provided to the existing transportation customers served from this line, and that there will be no termination or reduction in firm service to any existing customers as a result of the proposed lower MOP. ANR asserts that the lower MOP will insure the continued safe operation of the pipeline, will eliminate expenditures that would be required for the replacement of pipe, and will eliminate any potential environmental impacts that may result from pipe replacement, all as more fully set forth in the application which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection. The filing may also be viewed on the 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, please contact FERC Online Support at or toll free at (866) 208-3676, or TTY, contact (202) 502-8659.

Any questions concerning this application may be directed to Linda Farquhar, Manager, Project Determinations & Regulatory Administration, ANR Pipeline Company, 700 Louisiana Street, Suite 700, Houston, Texas 77002-2700, by telephone at (832) 320-5685, by facsimile at (832) 320-6487, or by email at

Any person or the Commission's staff may, within 60 days after issuance of the instant notice by the Commission, file pursuant to Rule 214 of the Commission's Procedural Rules (18 CFR 385.214) a motion to intervene or notice of intervention and pursuant to section 157.205 of the regulations under the NGA (18 CFR 157.205), a protest to the request. If no protest is filed within the time allowed therefore, the proposed activity shall be deemed to be authorized effective the day after the time allowed for filing a protest. If a protest is filed and not withdrawn within 30 days after the allowed time for filing a protest, the instant request shall be treated as an application for authorization pursuant to section 7 of the NGA.

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 Start Printed Page 18635completion 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.

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.

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.

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Dated: April 13, 2017.

Kimberly D. Bose,


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[FR Doc. 2017-07972 Filed 4-19-17; 8:45 am]