Rehearing of EDI Rule Sought by Gas Groups
Four major gas associations last week urged FERC to reconsider
"as soon as possible" an April rule requiring interstate pipelines
to conduct electronic communication using only electronic data
interchange (EDI) over the Internet by June 1, 1999.
Until the Commission acts on rehearing, which it assured the
trade groups in June it will do, the natural gas industry remains
committed to converting from electronic bulletin boards (EBBS) to
the EDI format by the 1999 deadline, the associations told Chairman
James Hoecker in a letter. It was signed by the presidents of the
American Gas Association, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of
America, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, and the
Natural Gas Supply Association.
"The industry is seriously concerned about the deadline, given
the time commitment necessary to create standards to comply with
the final rule. As you well know, the industry is also committed
during this period to resolving the Year 2000 compliance concerns.
Therefore, it is of paramount importance that the Commission issue
its order on rehearing in the near future," they wrote.
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