Comments on Southern’s Cypress Project Address Interchangeability

Florida Power & Light Company and Peoples Gas System submitted comments this week on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Southern Natural Gas Company’s Cypress Pipeline Project, which would link the Elba Island LNG terminal in Georgia to Florida gas markets. Both parties are seeking removal of the FERC Staff conclusion in the DEIS, which states that “we do not believe the interchangeability of gas supplies would be a safety issue.” FPL and Peoples argue that this statement is inconsistent with FERC’s “Preliminary Determination on Non-environmental Issues,” issued November 22, 2005, in which the Commission deferred the LNG interchangeability and gas quality issues on the Cypress Pipeline for resolution in the existing AES Ocean Express LLC v. Florida Gas Transmission Co. complaint proceeding. Both comments and the November Preliminary Determination are available at the FERC e-Library in Docket CP05-388. The AES proceeding is at Docket No. RP04-249.

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