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NOTICE OF FILING AND RESCHEDULED PUBLIC HEARING - D.P.U. 17-172 - January 17, 2018

Jan 19, 2018

D.P.U. 17-172                                                                                            January 17, 2018

Petition of Bay State Gas Company d/b/a Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, for Approval of a Firm Transportation Agreement and Related Contracts, pursuant to G.L. c. 164, § 94A.



On November 2, 2017, Bay State Gas Company d/b/a Columbia Gas of Massachusetts (“Company”) filed a petition with the Department of Public Utilities (“Department”) seeking approval of three contractual arrangements, pursuant to G.L. c. 164, § 94A: (1) a 20-year firm transportation agreement with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC (“Tennessee”) (“Tennessee Agreement”); (2) a 20-year firm transportation agreement with Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (“PNGTS”) (“PNGTS Agreement”), which requires PNGTS to acquire firm transportation with TransCanada Pipelines Limited (“TCPL”) and Union Gas Limited (“Union Gas”), and a letter agreement with PNGTS extending two existing firm transportation service agreements; and (3) two ten-year firm winter season supply agreements with Repsol Energy North America Corporation (“Repsol”) (“Repsol Agreements”).

The Company states that the Tennessee Agreement will provide up to 96,400 Dth/day of firm transportation capacity with primary receipt points at Dracut and Haverhill, MA, and deliveries to city-gate points in the Company’s Lawrence and Springfield Divisions. Three construction projects are required to provide the capacity under the Tennessee Contract: (1) a new gate station called West Longmeadow to provide a new point of delivery into Springfield; (2) replacement of existing compression at Tennessee’s Agawam Compressor Station; and (3) a two-mile pipeline loop within an existing right of way which will be dedicated for service at the Company’s Agawam gate station. The Company states that the PNGTS Agreement and Repsol Agreements will provide seasonal peaking capacity backed by imported liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) through Repsol’s St. John’s New Brunswick LNG import terminal and year round firm pipeline capacity with access to supplies at the Dawn, Ontario Hub through PNGTS, TCPL and Union Gas. The Department has docketed this petition as D.P.U. 17-172.

On December 6, 2017, the Department issued a Notice of Filing and Public Hearing and scheduled a public hearing for January 4, 2018. The Department subsequently cancelled the public hearing due to inclement weather. In order to receive comment on the Company’s filing, the Department has rescheduled the public hearing to Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at the Department’s offices, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. Any person who desires to comment may do so at the time and place noted above or submit written comments to the Department not later than the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Reasonable accommodations at public or evidentiary hearings for people with disabilities are available upon request. Include a description of the accommodation you will need, including as much detail as you can. Also include a way the Department can contact you if we need more information. Please provide as much advance notice as possible. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may not be able to be accommodated. Contact the Department’s ADA Coordinator at DPUADACoordinator@state.ma.us or (617) 305-3642.

All comments on the Company’s petition must be addressed to: Mark D. Marini, Secretary, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. Receipt by the Department, not mailing, constitutes filing.
In addition to the above filing requirement, one (1) copy of all materials filed with the Department must be sent to each of the following: (1) David Biele, Hearing Officer, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110; (2) Shaela McNulty Collins, NiSource Corporate Services Company, 4 Technology Drive, Suite 250, Westborough, Massachusetts 01581 (counsel for Company); (3) Kenneth Christman, NiSource Corporate Services Company, 121 Champion Way, Suite 100, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania 152317 (counsel for the Company); and (4) Matthew E. Saunders, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, Office of Ratepayer Advocacy, One Ashburton Place, Boston, Massachusetts 02108.

Further, in addition to paper filings with the Department, all documents must be submitted to the Department in electronic format using one of the following methods: (1) by e-mail attachment to dpu.efiling@state.ma.us and the Hearing Officer,david.biele@state.ma.us; or (2) on a CD-ROM. The text of the e-mail or CD-ROM must specify: (1) the docket number of the proceeding (D.P.U. 17-172); (2) the name of the person or company submitting the filing; and (3) a brief descriptive title of the document. The electronic filing must also include the name, title, and telephone number of a person to contact in the event of questions about the filing. All documents submitted in electronic format will be posted on the Department’s website: http://www.mass.gov/dpu.

Copies of the Company’s petition and accompanying exhibits and this Notice are available for inspection during regular business hours at the Department’s offices, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110 and on the Department’s website at http://www.mass.gov/dpu. The documents are also available on the Department’s website and may be accessed by docket number (D.P.U. 17-172) in the file room at http://web1.env.state.ma.us/DPU/FileRoom/dockets/bynumber. To request materials in accessible formats (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), contact the Department’s ADA Coordinator at DPUADACoordinator@state.ma.us or (617) 305-3642.

Any person desiring further information regarding the Company’s filing should contact Shaela McNulty Collins, Esq. at (508) 836-7038 or Kenneth Christman, Esq. at (724) 416-6315. Any person desiring further information regarding this notice should contact David Biele, Hearing Officer, Department of Public Utilities, at (617) 305-3653.