Nos. 77-2728, 77-2746 and 77-2807.

587 F.2d 716 (1979)

PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY OF NORTH CAROLINA, INC., State of Texas, State of Louisiana, Petitioners, v. FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, Respondent, State of Alaska, State of New Mexico Energy Resources Board, Public Service Commission of the State of New York, Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America, Intervenors.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

Rehearing Denied February 8, 1979.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

R. Gordon Gooch, Bruce F. Kiely, Randolph Q. McManus, Washington, D. C., F. Kent Burns, Raleigh, N. C., for petitioner Public Service Co. of North Carolina, Inc.

John L. Hill, Atty. Gen. of Tex., David M. Kendall, First Asst. Atty. Gen., Austen H. Furse, Asst. Atty. Gen., Austin, Tex., for petitioner State of Texas.

James R. Patton, Jr., Harry E. Barsch, Linda Elizabeth Buck, David Robinson, Washington, D. C., for petitioner State of Louisiana.

Robert M. Maynard, Asst. Atty. Gen., State of Alaska, Dept. of Law, Avrum M. Gross, Atty. Gen., Juneau, Alaska, Cynthia L. Pickering, Asst. Atty. Gen., Anchorage, Alaska, for State of Alaska, intervenors objecting.

Vernon O. Henning, Asst. Atty. Gen., Toney Anaya, Atty. Gen., Santa Fe, N. M., for Energy Resources Board of State of New Mexico, intervenor objecting.

Robert R. Nordhaus, Gen. Counsel, F. E. R. C., Philip Telleen, Steven Taube, Attys., F. E. R. C., Howard E. Shapiro, Sol., Washington, D. C., for respondent.

Arthur S. Kallow, Chicago, Ill., for Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America, intervenors supporting.

Peter H. Schiff, Gen. Counsel, P. S. C. of State of N. Y., Albany, N. Y., Richard A. Solomon, Dennis Lane, Washington, D. C., for Public Service Comm. of State of N. Y., intervenor supporting.

Joseph M. Wells, Paul E. Goldstein, Richard E. Terry, Chicago, Ill., for Nat. Gas Pipeline, intervenor supporting.

Before BROWN, Chief Judge, GODBOLD and RONEY, Circuit Judges.

JOHN R. BROWN, Chief Judge:

This case presents the question whether a state, which is not a "natural gas company" under the Natural Gas Act (the Act), may nevertheless be made subject to the abandonment provisions of § 7(b) of the Act.1 We conclude that where the state has consented to the interstate dedication of its gas, the state must obtain FERC approval prior to abandoning the certificated service.


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