RH energytrans, LLC – Docket No. CP18-6-000


(October 26, 2017)

Take notice that on October 16, 2017, RH energytrans, LLC (RH), 558 West 6th Street, Erie, PA 16507, filed an application pursuant to section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and Parts 157 and 284 of the Commission’s Regulations requesting authority to construct and operate a new interstate natural gas pipeline system (referred to as the Risberg Line), including pipeline facilities, two compressor stations, metering and regulating stations and appurtenant facilities in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Specifically, the project would include a total of 59.9 miles of pipeline incorporating 31.6 miles of existing 8-inch and 12-inch diameter gas pipeline currently used as gathering facilities and 28 miles of new 12-inch diameter pipeline. The pipeline facilities begin at a new point of interconnection with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC adjacent to the Meadville Compressor Station in Crawford County, Pennsylvania and extend to a new delivery point interconnection with the distribution facilities of Dominion Energy Ohio (DEO) in North Kingsville in Ashtabula County, Ohio. The project also includes the reconstruction and conversion of two compressor stations totaling 1,862 hp. The Risberg Line would provide for 55,000 Dth/d of firm transportation service to northeast Ohio markets. The estimated cost to construct the project and to acquire the existing gathering pipeline is about $88 million.

The filing may 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, contact FERC at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call toll-free, (886) 208-3676 or TYY, (202) 502-8659.

Any questions concerning this application may be directed to James F. Bowe, Jr., King & Spalding LLP, 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20006, Phone (202) 626-9601, email 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 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 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 5 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 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.

The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings of comments, protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the “eFiling” link at the FERC website. 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: November 16, 2017

Kimberly D. Bose,