[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 44 (Friday, March 6, 2015)]
[Pages 12167-12168]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-05202]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP15-88-000]

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C.; Notice of Application

    Take notice that on February 13, 2015, Tennessee Gas Pipeline 
Company, L.L.C. (Tennessee) filed an application with the Federal 
Energy Regulatory Commission pursuant to sections 7(b) and 7(c) of the 
Natural Gas Act (NGA) requesting authority to abandon, construct and 
operate certain mainline pipeline facilities located in Louisiana, 
Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio, all as more 
completely described in the Application. 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 to John 
E. Griffin, Assistant General Counsel, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, 
L.L.C., 1001 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas 77002, phone: (713) 420-
3624, facsimile: (713) 420-1601, email: [email protected], 
or H. Milton Palmer, Jr., Rates and Regulatory Affairs, Tennessee Gas 
Pipeline Company, L.L.C., 1001 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas 77002, 
phone: (713) 420-3297, facsimile: (713) 420-1605, email: 
[email protected].
    Specifically, Tennessee requests authorization to abandon one of 
its multiple looped parallel pipelines that comprise approximately 964 
miles of mainline pipeline facilities between Natchitoches Parish, 
Louisiana, and Columbiana County, Ohio (Abandoned Line) by sale to 
Utica Marcellus Texas Pipeline LLC (UMTP), its affiliate. UMTP intends 
to use this pipeline, in part, for conversion to natural gas liquids 
service. In order to replace the capacity that would otherwise be lost 
by the sale of the Abandoned Line, Tennessee proposes to construct and 
operate approximately 7.6 miles of new pipeline looping in Kentucky and 
a total of 124,771 horsepower of compression at four new compressor 
stations in Ohio and two stations in Kentucky (collectively, the 

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Facilities). Prior to the abandonment and sale of the Abandoned Line, 
Tennessee will also undertake activities at a series of worksites along 
the length of the Abandoned Line to disconnect it from the remaining 
Tennessee system. The estimated cost for the abandonment and 
replacement is approximately $412 million. When UMTP ultimately 
acquires the abandoned line under the terms of the Purchase and Sale 
Agreement, UMTP will reimburse Tennessee for all of the costs 
associated with the abandonment and replacement activities, and UMTP 
will provide for the reimbursement of fuel costs for a period of 10 
    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 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 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 seven copies of the protest or intervention to 
the Federal Energy regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20426.
    Comment Date: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on March 23, 2015.

    Dated: March 2, 2015.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2015-05202 Filed 3-5-15; 8:45 am]