[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 199 (Monday, October 15, 2012)]
[Page 62499]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-25207]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CP12-526-000]

Leaf River Energy Center LLC; Notice of Application

    Take notice that on September 24, 2012, Leaf River Energy Center 
LLC (Leaf River), 53 Riverside Avenue, Westport, Connecticut, 06880, 
filed an application in Docket No. CP12-526-000 pursuant to Section 
7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and Part 157 of the Commission's 
Regulations, for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to 
expand the certificated storage capacities of three of its four 
existing caverns at its Leaf River Energy Center facility in Smith 
County, Mississippi near the town of Taylorsville. The proposed 
expansion would increase the aggregate working gas capacity of the Leaf 
River Energy Center from the current 32.0 Bcf to 48.0 Bcf while the 
total aggregate gas storage capacity would increase from about 41.9 Bcf 
to 62.8 Bcf. The expansion would be accomplished by additional leaching 
of three existing salt dome caverns and would not require the 
construction of any new facilities. Leaf River also requests 
reaffirmation of its authority to charge market based rates for the 
expanded storage services. A more detailed description of the project 
is available in the application which is on file with the Commission 
and open for 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 at http://www.ferc.gov using the ``e-Library'' link. Enter the docket number 
excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access 
the document. For assistance, contact FERC at 
FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call toll-free, (866) 208-3676, or for 
TTY, (202) 502-8659. Any questions regarding this application should be 
directed to Laura L. Luce, Leaf River Energy Center LLC, 700 Milam, 53 
Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT 06880, (203) 557-1000 (phone), 
lluce@ngsenergy.com or James F. Bowe, Jr., King & Spalding LLP, 1700 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20006, (202) 737-0500 
(phone), jbowe@kslaw.com.
    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 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 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 14 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 commenters 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 commenters will not be required to serve copies of filed 
documents on all other parties. However, the non-party commenters 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.
    Protests and interventions may be filed electronically via the 
Internet in lieu of paper; see, 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the 
instructions on the Commission's web site under the ``e-Filing'' link. 
The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings.
    Comment Date: October 25, 2012.

    Dated: October 4, 2012.
Kimberly D. Bose,
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