[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 69 (Thursday, April 10, 2014)]
[Pages 19892-19893]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-08053]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP14-116-000]

Notice of Application for Certificate of Public Convenience and 
Necessity Great Lakes Gas Transmission Limited Partnership

    Take notice that on March 21, 2014 Great Lakes Gas Transmission 
Limited Partnership (Great Lakes), 717 Texas Street, Suite 2400, 
Houston, Texas 7700-2761, filed in the above referenced docket an 
abbreviated application pursuant to section 7(b) of the Natural Gas Act 
(NGA) and Sections 157.7 and 157.18 of the Commission's regulations 
requesting authorization for a temporary act or operation to 
temporarily deactivate the certified capacity associated with a 
temporary, phased reduction in the maximum operating pressure (MOP) 
from 974 psig to 897 psig of a portion of its natural gas pipeline 
system from the Canadian/United States border at Emerson to Great 
Lakes' Cloquet Compressor Station 5 in Minnesota. Great Lakes proposes 
this temporary action for a period of up to 36 month, 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 
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, please contact FERC Online Support 
at [email protected] or toll free at (866) 208-3676, or TTY, 
contact (202) 502-8659.
    Any questions concerning this application may be directed to 
Richard Parke, Manager, Certificates, at (832) 320-5516, Great Lakes 
Gas Transmission Limited Partnership, 717 Texas Street, Suite 2400, 
Houston, Texas, or by email [email protected].
    Specifically, beginning April 1, 2013 the MOP of the subject 
section of pipeline was temporarily reduced by five percent from 974 
psig to 925 psig to ensure system integrity and safety. Great Lakes 
proposes the second phase of temporary five percent MOP reduction from 
925 psig to 879 psig for April 1, 2015 until April 1, 2017. These 
proposed operational changes would result in an overall reduction in 
available capacity of approximately 226,000 dekatherms per day of firm 
winter and 191,000 dekatherms per day firm summer capacity for west to 
east flow. Great Lakes states that, during the 36-month period, it will 
determine if market conditions support the continued operation at 
certified levels of all lines and segments of its system from Canadian/
United States border to Great Lakes' Compressor Station 5, or whether 
it will instead seek authorization for permanent abandonment of a 
portion of the capacity and line segment(s) associated with this 
temporary action. Great Lakes states that the MOP reduction does not 
impact capacity on the east to west flow or Great Lakes' ability to 
meet any of its existing firm contractual commitments. Great Lakes 
states no construction or ground disturbance has or will occur for 
these modifications and therefore there is no associated cost.
    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.

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    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 7 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 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 5 copies of the protest or intervention to the 
Federal Energy regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, 
DC 20426.
    This filing is accessible on-line at http://www.ferc.gov, using the 
``eLibrary'' link and is available for review in the Commission's 
Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an ``eSubscription'' 
link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive email 
notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For 
assistance with any FERC Online service, please email 
[email protected], or call (866) 208-3676 (toll free). For 
TTY, call (202) 502-8659.
    Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on April 25, 2014.

    Dated: April 4, 2014.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2014-08053 Filed 4-9-14; 8:45 am]