A number of interstate pipelines and pipeline customers lastweek indicated they would oppose any FERC proposed rule requiringpipes to formally notify affected landowners about constructionprojects prior to filing applications, saying that changes toexisting practices were unnecessary, could further snarl thecertification process and might even aggravate what are alreadytense pipeline-landowner relationships. In late September, FERCsuggested in a notice of technical conference that it was leaningtoward such an initiative in order to involve landowners earlier inthe certification process.
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The FERC staff has indicated it may not be able to finish itsenvironmental review of the proposed New York-bound MillenniumPipeline in time for the Commission to issue a final certificate byJune 1, 1999, as the pipeline has requested. But even if this turnsout to be the case, project sponsor Columbia Gas Transmission saysit still intends to meet the planned in-service date of Nov. 1,2000. That would coincide with the start-up date for the AlliancePipeline.