[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 93 (Monday, May 14, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 28331]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-11569]



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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

18 CFR Part 284

[Docket No. RM96-1-037]


Standards for Business Practices for Interstate Natural Gas 
Pipelines

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE.

ACTION: Request for additional comment.

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SUMMARY: On February 22, 2012, the Commission published in the Federal 
Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (77 FR 10415) (NOPR) proposing 
to amend its regulations to incorporate by reference the latest version 
(Version 2.0) of business practice standards adopted by the Wholesale 
Gas Quadrant of the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) 
applicable to natural gas pipelines. The Commission, however, did not 
propose to adopt two standards it found inconsistent with its 
regulations. Among the comments filed with the Commission were comments 
from NAESB explaining that its Wholesale Gas Quadrant Executive 
Committee was in the process of voting on two standards to rectify the 
inconsistency noted in the NOPR by the Commission. On May 4, 2012, 
NAESB filed a status report informing the Commission that it had 
finalized the two corrections.
    The Commission is providing interested parties an opportunity to 
file comments with respect to the two corrected standards adopted by 
NAESB and whether the Commission should incorporate these revised 
standards into its regulations.

DATES:  Comments are due June 4, 2012.

ADDRESSES:  You may submit reply comments, identified by Docket No. 
RM96-1-037, by any of the following methods:
     Agency Web Site: http://www.ferc.gov. Documents created 
electronically using word processing software should be filed in native 
applications or print-to-PDF format and not in a scanned format.
     Mail/Hand Delivery: Commenters unable to file comments 
electronically must mail or hand deliver an original of their comments 
to: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of the Secretary, 888 
First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Adam Bednarczyk (technical issues), Office of Energy Market Regulation, 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, 
DC 20426, (202) 502-6444, Email: adam.bednarczyk@ferc.gov.
Tony Dobbins (technical issues), Office of Energy Policy and 
Innovation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20426, (202) 502-6630, Email: tony.dobbins@ferc.gov.
Gary D. Cohen (Legal Information), Office of the General Counsel, 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, 
DC 20426, Telephone: (202) 502-8321, Email: gary.cohen@ferc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Request for Additional Comments

May 8, 2012

    On February 16, 2012, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking (NOPR) \1\ proposing to amend its regulations at 18 CFR 
284.12 to incorporate by reference the latest version (Version 2.0) of 
business practice standards adopted by the Wholesale Gas Quadrant of 
the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) applicable to natural 
gas pipelines. The Commission, however, did not propose to adopt two 
standards it found inconsistent with its regulations.
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    \1\ Standards for Business Practices for Interstate Natural Gas 
Pipelines, notice of proposed rulemaking, 77 FR 10415 (Feb. 22, 
2012), FERC Stats. & Regs. ] 32,686 (Feb. 16, 2012).
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    Among the comments filed with the Commission in this proceeding 
were comments from NAESB explaining that NAESB's Wholesale Gas Quadrant 
Executive Committee was in the process of voting on minor corrections 
to NAESB WGQ Standard Nos. 0.3.19 and 0.3.21 to rectify the 
inconsistency noted in the NOPR by the Commission. On May 4, 2012, 
NAESB filed a status report informing the Commission that it had 
finalized the two corrections.
    The Commission is providing interested parties an opportunity to 
file comments with respect to the two corrected standards adopted by 
NAESB and whether the Commission should incorporate the version of the 
standards that reflects these corrections into its regulations.
    By this notice, additional comments should be filed on or before 
June 4, 2012.

    Dated: May 8, 2012.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2012-11569 Filed 5-11-12; 8:45 am]
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