• Natural Gas Act Pipeline Maps
  • March 24, 2015
  • Law Firm: Leech Tishman - Pittsburgh Office
  • Natural Gas Act Pipeline Maps

    On November 20, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued their Final Rule (“Rule”) pertaining to natural gas pipeline system maps under the Natural Gas Act, simplifying the process of updating pipeline maps. The Rule, which aims to reduce the regulatory burden on the pipeline industry and enhance transparency, features two main changes:
    • The Rule permanently eliminates the requirement that pipelines include system maps in their tariffs, along with the requirement to file updated maps as part of their tariffs by the following April 30 for any year in which there is a major change in the pipeline’s system
    • The Rule requires companies to update the[ir] online maps no later than the end of the next calendar quarter after a major system change
    This Rule eliminates any regular requirements to update system maps with FERC. Instead, the burden shifts to simply maintaining a system map online and updating it on a quarterly basis. As a result, updated maps will be more readily available to FERC and will be easier to maintain without the added burden of additional filings and paperwork. The Rule was published in the Federal Register on December 17, 2014, and will go into effect on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.