[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 108 (Friday, June 5, 1998)]
[Page 30736]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-14966]

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
[Docket No. SA98-76-000]

Edwin A. Cornell; Notice of Petition for Adjustment

June 1, 1998.
    Take notice that on March 16, 1998, as supplemented on May 29, 
1998, Edwin A. Cornell (Cornell), filed a petition, pursuant to Section 
502(c) of the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978 (NGPA), for relief from 
making Kansas as valorem tax refunds, with interest, to Northern 
Natural Gas Company (Northern), with respect to: (1) Cornell's 1.0 
percent working interest in the Bouziden oil and gas lease, that 
Cornell held from November 29, 1978 to August 27, 1984; and (2) 
Cornell's 0.76563 percent working interest in the McMinimy lease, that 
Cornell held from May 20, 1980 to August 27, 1984.\1\ Absent the relief 
requested, Cornell will have to make the refunds, as required by the 
Commission's September 10, 1997 order in Docket No. RP97-369-000 et 
al,\2\ on remand from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.\3\ That order 
directed First Sellers to make Kansas ad valorem tax refunds, with 
interest, for the period from 1983 to 1988. Cornell's petition is on 
file with the Commission and open to public inspection.

    \1\ Cornell's May 29 supplement indicates that the wells on the 
Bouziden and McMinimy leases were operated by Hummon Corporation 
    \2\ See 80 FERC para. 61,264 (1997); order denying rehearing 
issued January 28, 1998, 82 FERC para. 61,058 (1998).
    \3\ Public Service Company of Colorado v. FERC, 91 F.3d 1478 
(D.C. 1996), cert. denied, Nos. 96-954 and 96-1230 (65 U.S.L.W. 3751 
and 3754, May 12, 1997).

    Cornell's March 16, petition consists of a March 10, 1998, letter 
stating that Cornell filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on March 7, 1986, 
and that such bankruptcy was discharged by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court 
for the District of Kansas on September 23, 1986. Cornell's May 29, 
supplement consists of a May 19, 1998 letter, in which Cornell explains 
(a) that he seeks to be relieved from paying the Kansas ad valorem tax 
refunds claimed by Hummon ($572.24 in all), (b) that the court, in 
Cornell's August 27, 1984, divorce decree, entitled his ex-wife to all 
royalties, profits, proceeds, and interest in any mineral, oil, and/or 
gas leases, (c) that such divorce decree resulted in the loss of his 
business and subsequent bankruptcy, and (d) that, due to extended 
illness, he has been unable to work since 1992.
    Any person desiring to be heard or to make any protest with 
reference to said petition should on or before 15 days after the date 
of publication in the Federal Register of this notice, file with the 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, N.E., 
Washington, D.C. 20426, a motion to intervene or a protest in 
accordance with the requirements of the Commission's Rules of Practice 
and Procedure (18 CFR 385.214, 385.211, 385.1105, and 385.1106). All 
protests filed with the Commission will be considered by it in 
determining the appropriate action to be taken but will not serve to 
make the protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to 
become a party to a proceeding or to participate as a party in any 
hearing therein must file a motion to intervene in accordance with the 
Commission's Rules.
David P. Boergers,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. 98-14966 Filed 6-4-98; 8:45 am]