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Commission Information Collection Activities, Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Extension

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE.




In compliance with the requirements of section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3507, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and extension of this information collection requirement. Any interested person may file comments directly with OMB and should address a copy of those comments to the Commission as explained below. The Commission did not receive any comments in response to an earlier Federal Register notice of March 7, 2007 (72 FR 10192-10193) and has made this notification in its submission to OMB. Copies of the submission were also submitted to the commenters.


Comments on the collection of information are due by July 13, 2007.


Address comments on the collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. Comments to OMB should be filed electronically, c/o and include the OMB Control No. as a point of reference. The Desk Officer may be reached by telephone at 202-395-4650. A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of the Executive Director, ED-34, Attention: Michael Miller, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. Comments may be filed either in paper format or electronically. Those persons filing electronically do not need to make a paper filing. For paper filings an original and 14 copies, of such comments should be submitted to the Secretary of the Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426 and should refer to Docket No. IC07-547-001.

Documents filed electronically via the Internet must be prepared in WordPerfect, MS Word, Portable Document Format, or ASCII format. To file the document, access the Commission's Web site at and click on “Make an E-Filing,” and then follow the instructions for each screen. First time users will have to establish a user name and password. The Commission will send an automatic acknowledgement to the sender's e-mail address upon receipt of comments. User assistance for electronic filings is available at 202-502-8258 or by e-mail to Comments should not be submitted to this e-mail address.

All comments may be viewed, printed or downloaded remotely via the Internet through FERC's homepage using the “eLibrary” link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For user assistance, contact or toll-free at (866) 208-3676. or for TTY, contact (202) 502-8659.

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Michael Miller may be reached by telephone at (202) 502-8415, by fax at (202) 273-0873, and by e-mail at

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The information collection submitted for OMB review contains the following:

1. Collection of Information: FERC 547 “Gas Pipeline Rates: Refund Report


2. Sponsor: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

3. Control No. 1902-0084.

The Commission is now requesting that OMB approve and extend the expiration date for an additional three years with no changes to the existing collection. The information filed with the Commission is mandatory.

4. Necessity of the Collection of Information: Submission of the information is necessary for the Commission to carry out its responsibilities in implementing the statutory provisions of the sections 4, 5 and 16 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) (15 U.S.C. 717-717w). Sections 4 and 5 authorize the Commission to order a refund, with interest, on any portion of a natural gas company's increased rate or charge that is found to be not just or reasonable. Refunds may also be instituted by a natural gas company as a stipulation to a Commission-approved settlement agreement or provision under the company's tariff. Section 16 authorizes the Commission to prescribe the rules and regulations necessary to administer its refund mandates. The Commission's refund and reporting requirements are set forth 18 CFR 154.501 and 154.502.

The data collected allows the Commission to monitor the refunds owed by the natural gas companies and to ensure the passage of the refunds, with applicable interest, to the appropriate natural gas customers.

5. Respondent Description: The respondent universe currently comprises 60 companies (on average) subject to the Commission's jurisdiction.

6. Estimated Burden: 4,500 total hours, 60 respondents (average), 1 response per respondent, and 75 hour per response (rounded off and average time)

7. Estimated Cost Burden to respondents: 4,500 hours/2080 hours per years × $122,137 per year = $264,238. The cost per respondent is equal to $4,404.

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Statutory Authority: Statutory provisions of sections 4, 5 and 16 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) (15 U.S.C. 717-717w).

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Kimberly D. Bose,


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[FR Doc. E7-11363 Filed 6-12-07; 8:45 am]