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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Workshop, Better Stakeholder Involvement: How To Make It Work

The Office of Energy Projects will host the third workshop in its second phase of its “Better Stakeholder Involvement-How to Make it Work” series on Thursday, November 21, 2002 at the Doubletree Riverfront Hotel, 50 Warren Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 01852, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number at the hotel is 978-452-1200. You may also go to the hotel’s website for more detailed directions at www.doubletree.com. This meeting will focus on interagency communications and agreements, alternative dispute resolution, and benefits and opportunities for local stakeholders in the pre-filing arena. FERC is inviting interstate natural gas companies; Federal, state and local agencies; landowners and other non-governmental organizations interested in developing strategies for involving people in the pre-filing planning process for natural gas pipelines. Discussions will continue to be based on the ideas outlined in staff’s December 2001 report, “Ideas for Better Stakeholder Involvement In The Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline Planning Pre-Filing Process.” This report can be downloaded from the FERC web-site at www.ferc.gov or requested by e-mail at: gasoutreach@ferc.gov.

Please consider, and forward to FERC, issues and/or questions you would like to have addressed at the meetings. If you have any questions, you may contact any of the staff listed below: Richard Hoffmann 202/502-8066, Lauren O’Donnell 202/502-8325, Jeff Shenot 202/502-8329, Howard Wheeler 202/502-8688. If you plan to attend or have suggestions for the agenda, please respond by Monday, November 18, 2002 via facsimile to Roberta Coulter at 202/208-0353, or you may email: gasoutreach@ferc.gov. Please include in the response the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all attendees from your organization.