[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 69 (Thursday, April 10, 2014)]
[Pages 19893-19894]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-08032]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP14-112-000]

Notice of Application: Empire Pipeline, Inc. and National Fuel 
Gas Supply Corporation

    Take notice that on March 18, 2014, Empire Pipeline, Inc. (Empire) 
and National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation (NFG) filed a joint 
application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission pursuant to 
sections 7(b) and 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) requesting 
authority to construct and operate the Tuscarora Lateral Project in 
Steuben County, New York and Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Specifically, 
Empire requests authorization to: (i) Lease storage and transportation 
capacity from National Fuel; (ii) construct approximately 17 miles of 
12 and 16-inch diameter pipeline; (iii) construct an interconnection 
and related facilities to connect Empire's system to National Fuel's; 
(iv) if required, perform rewheeling of compressor units at the 
existing Oakfield Compressor Station; (v) provide new firm and 
interruptible storage and transportation services; and (vi) lease 
capacity from National Fuel. National Fuel seeks authorization to (i) 
lease storage and transportation capacity to Empire; (ii) construct and 
operate additional facilities at its Tuscarora Compressor Station; and 
(iii) make tariff revisions that recognize leased capacity. The total 
cost of the project would be approximately $43.7 million, and is more 
fully explained in the application which 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 
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, contact FERC at 
[email protected] or call toll-free, (886) 208-3676 or TYY, 
(202) 502-8659.
    Any questions regarding the application should be directed David W. 
Reitz, Deputy General Counsel National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation and 
Attorney for Empire Pipeline, Inc., 6363 Main Street, Williamsville, 
New York 14221, by phone at (716) 857-7949, by fax at (716) 857-7206 or 
by email at [email protected].
    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

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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 
    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 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 http://www.ferc.gov. 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: April 23, 2014.

    Dated: April 2, 2014.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2014-08032 Filed 4-9-14; 8:45 am]