|Statement: September 20, 2007||View Printable PDF Version|
|Docket No: RM07-9-000|
Chairman Joseph T. Kelliher's statement on revisions to forms, statements, and reporting requirements for Natural Gas Pipelines
"Today the Commission acts to strengthen the ability of shippers, customers and state commissions to file section 5 complaints alleging that gas pipeline rates have become unjust and unreasonable. We do so by issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking that proposes to modify the information required to be submitted to the Commission and available to the public in FERC Form No. 2
This rulemaking has its genesis in a series of five informal out-reach sessions held last year by the Office of Enforcement and the experience gained from two complaints filed with the Commission based, in part, on Form 2 data. In both the National Fuel and Southwest Gas cases, pipelines argued that Form 2 information, by itself, was an inadequate basis for a complaint. In my view, it is essential that public information suffice as a foundation for a section 5 complaint. Otherwise, the ability of shippers to file complaints will be significantly curtailed.
The proposals we set forth today should dispel any concern about the adequacy of Form 2 information as the foundation for a section 5 complaint. The NOPR fulfills our duty to guard shippers and strikes the proper balance, assuring shippers have the information they need, but also guarding against undue burden on pipelines."
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