NGSA seeks minor adjustment in FERC gas pipeline flow posting rules

Calling it a small, but important, adjustment, the Natural Gas Supply Association asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to slightly change gas pipeline flow posting requirements.

May 8th, 2009

Calling it a small, but important, adjustment, the Natural Gas Supply Association asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to slightly change gas pipeline flow posting requirements.

In an Apr. 30 filing, NGSA asked FERC to consider adopting a "sole-feed" exclusion. This would exempt major non-interstate gas pipelines from reporting if the pipeline has no, or very small volume end-users with total receipts of less than 15,000 million BTUs daily, or if the pipeline feeds into another major pipeline, the trade association said.

Taking this step would reduce the burden and cost of compliance for small-volume pipelines while continuing to provide clear information to regulators and the public, it added.

It said that FERC issued an order, No. 720, in November which requires certain non-interstate and interstate gas pipelines to post design capacity and daily scheduled gas flow information. The rule also imposed posting requirements on interstate gas pipelines which provide no-notice service.

Jenny Fordham, NGSA's energy markets and government affairs director, said that the association believes FERC got the new reporting process "about 98% right" when it changed the pipeline reporting requirements last year.

"Our 'sole-feed' proposal would further simply the process and capture the same data, just a few miles further downstream. A sole-feed exclusion is consistent with the commission's desire to establish rules that will increase transparency without additional cost," she said.

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com

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