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    FERC: Southern Natural Gas Seeks Blanket Authorization for Project in Monroe County, Miss.


    June 23, 2022 - Targeted News Service

     

      WASHINGTON, June 22 -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a notice, published in the Federal Register on June 22, 2022, entitled "Southern Natural Gas Company, L.L.C.; Notice of Request Under Blanket Authorization and Establishing Intervention and Protest Deadline".

      The notice was issued by Secretary Kimberly D. Bose.

      * * *

      Take notice that on June 6, 2022, Southern Natural Gas Company, L.L.C. (SNG), 569 Brookwood Village, Suite 749, Birmingham, Alabama 35209, filed in the above referenced docket a prior notice pursuant to sections 157.205, 157.206, and 157.216 (b) of the Commission's regulations under the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and its blanket certificate issued in Docket No. CP82-406-000 requesting authorization to (1) permanently abandon nine injection and withdrawal (I/W) wells, including associated surface facilities, (2) abandon in place the pipeline laterals associated with seven of the I/W wells totaling 1.95 miles of 3-inch-diameter to 12-inch-diameter laterals, and (3) abandon by removal the pipeline laterals associated with two of the I/W wells totaling 300 feet of 3-inch-diameter to 8-inch-diameter laterals at its Muldon Gas Storage Field located in Monroe County, Mississippi. SNG states that the project will eliminate future safety concerns associated with the casing in the wellbores of these existing nine I/W wells and with the associated pipeline laterals, as well as reduce unnecessary costs associated with the repair and operation of SNG's Muldon Storage Field. SNG estimates the cost of its proposal is $2.2 million, all as more fully set forth in the request which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection.

      In addition to publishing the full text of this document in the Federal Register , the Commission provides all interested persons an opportunity to view and/or print the contents of this document via the internet through the Commission's Home Page ( http://ferc.gov ) using the "eLibrary" link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. At this time, the Commission has suspended access to the Commission's Public Reference Room, due to the proclamation declaring a National Emergency concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), issued by the President on March 13, 2020. For assistance, contact the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call toll-free, (886) 208-3676 or TYY, (202) 502-8659.

      Any questions concerning this request should be directed to Tina Hardy, Director of Rates and Regulatory for Southern Natural Gas Company, L.L.C., 569 Brookwood Village, Suite 749, Birmingham, Alabama 35209, by telephone at (205) 325-3668, or by email at tina_hardy@kindermorgan.com.

      Public Participation

      There are three ways to become involved in the Commission's review of this project: you can file a protest to the project, you can file a motion to intervene in the proceeding, and you can file comments on the project. There is no fee or cost for filing protests, motions to intervene, or comments. The deadline for filing protests, motions to intervene, and comments is 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on August 15, 2022. How to file protests, motions to intervene, and comments is explained below.

      Protests

      Pursuant to section 157.205 of the Commission's regulations under the NGA,[1] any person[2] or the Commission's staff may file a protest to the request. If no protest is filed within the time allowed or if a protest is filed and then withdrawn within 30 days after the allowed time for filing a protest, the proposed activity shall be deemed to be authorized effective the day after the time allowed for protest. If a protest is filed and not withdrawn within 30 days after the time allowed for filing a protest, the instant request for authorization will be considered by the Commission.

      Protests must comply with the requirements specified in section 157.205(e) of the Commission's regulations,[3] and must be submitted by the protest deadline, which is August 15, 2022. A protest may also serve as a motion to intervene so long as the protestor states it also seeks to be an intervenor.

      Interventions

      Any person has the option to file a motion to intervene in this proceeding. Only intervenors have the right to request rehearing of Commission orders issued in this proceeding and to subsequently challenge the Commission's orders in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal.

      To intervene, you must submit a motion to intervene to the Commission in accordance with Rule 214 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure[4] and the regulations under the NGA[5] by the intervention deadline for the project, which is August 15, 2022. As described further in Rule 214, your motion to intervene must state, to the extent known, your position regarding the proceeding, as well as your interest in the proceeding. For an individual, this could include your status as a landowner, ratepayer, resident of an impacted community, or recreationist. You do not need to have property directly impacted by the project in order to intervene. For more information about motions to intervene, refer to the FERC website at https://www.ferc.gov/resources/guides/how-to/intervene.asp.

      All timely, unopposed motions to intervene are automatically granted by operation of Rule 214(c)(1). Motions to intervene that are filed after the intervention deadline are untimely and may be denied. Any late-filed motion to intervene must show good cause for being late and must explain why the time limitation should be waived and provide justification by reference to factors set forth in Rule 214(d) of the Commission's Rules and Regulations. A person obtaining party status will be placed on the service list maintained by the Secretary of the Commission and will receive copies (paper or electronic) of all documents filed by the applicant and by all other parties.

      Comments

      Any person wishing to comment on the project may do so. The Commission considers all comments received about the project in determining the appropriate action to be taken. To ensure that your comments are timely and properly recorded, please submit your comments on or before August 15, 2022. The filing of a comment alone will not serve to make the filer a party to the proceeding. To become a party, you must intervene in the proceeding.

      How To File Protests, Interventions, and Comments

      There are two ways to submit protests, motions to intervene, and comments. In both instances, please reference the Project docket number CP22-473-000 in your submission. The Commission encourages electronic filing of submissions.

      (1) You may file your protest, motion to intervene, and comments by using the Commission's eFiling feature, which is located on the Commission's website ( www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. New eFiling users must first create an account by clicking on "eRegister." You will be asked to select the type of filing you are making; first select General" and then select "Protest", "Intervention", or "Comment on a Filing."

      The Commission's eFiling staff are available to assist you at (202) 502-8258 or FercOnlineSupport@ferc.gov.

      (2) You can file a paper copy of your submission. Your submission must reference the Project docket number CP22-473-000.

      To mail via USPS, use the following address: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426.

      To mail via any other courier, use the following address: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 12225 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

      Protests and motions to intervene must be served on the applicant either by mail or email (with a link to the document) at: tina_hardy@kindermorgan.com, or Tina Hardy, Director of Rates and Regulatory for Southern Natural Gas Company, L.L.C., 569 Brookwood Village, Suite 749, Birmingham, Alabama 35209. Any subsequent submissions by an intervenor must be served on the applicant and all other parties to the proceeding. Contact information for parties can be downloaded from the service list at the eService link on FERC Online.

      Tracking The Proceeding

      Throughout the proceeding, additional information about the project will be available from the Commission's Office of External Affairs, at (866) 208-FERC, or on the FERC website at www.ferc.gov using the "eLibrary" link as described above. The eLibrary link also provides access to the texts of all formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rulemakings.

      In addition, the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription which allows you to keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets. This can reduce the amount of time you spend researching proceedings by automatically providing you with notification of these filings, document summaries, and direct links to the documents. For more information and to register, go to www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp.

      Dated: June 14, 2022.

      Kimberly D. Bose,

      Secretary.

      Footnotes

      1. 18 CFR 157.205.

      2. Persons include individuals, organizations, businesses, municipalities, and other entities. 18 CFR 385.102(d).

      3. 18 CFR 157.205(e).

      4. 18 CFR 385.214.

      5. 18 CFR 157.10.

      [FR Doc. 2022-13280 Filed 6-21-22; 8:45 am]

      BILLING CODE 6717-01-P

      The document was published in the Federal Register: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/06/22/2022-13280/southern-natural-gas-company-llc-notice-of-request-under-blanket-authorization-and-establishing

      TARGETED NEWS SERVICE (founded 2004) features non-partisan 'edited journalism' news briefs and information for news organizations, public policy groups and individuals; as well as 'gathered' public policy information, including news releases, reports, speeches. For more information contact MYRON STRUCK, editor, editor@targetednews.com, Springfield, Virginia; 703/304-1897; https://targetednews.com

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