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.

Susan Parker

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