The Department of Energy (DOE) is taking public comments on a proposed change in its gas import-export data collection program. In a Federal Register notice released on Thursday DOE said it is proposing to collect natural gas (including liquefied natural gas) import-export information only on a monthly basis, rather than on a monthly and quarterly basis.

The proposed change is designed to reduce the burden on authorization holders while providing information to the public on a more timely basis.

DOE currently collects some of the import-export information on a monthly basis and more detail information on a quarterly basis. Its new proposal is to collect all of the detailed information, including country of origin, destination, international point of entry/exit, pricing, transporter, purchaser, market served and contract term, only on a monthly basis.

In comments made to DOE about the proposed change, the agency requested input on the practical utility of the information, what enhancements could be made, details on the reporting burden and the costs of providing the information. Send comment on the proposed change to Yvonne Caudillo at or by fax to (202) 586-6050.

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