Securing Pipeline Capacity in Today’s Turbulent Gas Markets

June 2016, Vol. 243, No. 6

By Barbara S. Jost and Glenn S. Benson, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Washington, D.C.

The combination of hydraulic fracking and horizontal drilling technology has revolutionized domestic gas markets. Pipelines have been scrambling to expand, reconfigure and modify their systems in response. Prospective shippers, faced with these changes, benefit from an often unprecedented multitude of expansion options. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has detailed rules governing what commercial terms pipelines can and cannot offer. An understanding of these rules, and how they typically come into play, helps shippers evaluate the risks and benefits of competing projects and develop strategies for bidding on capacity and negotiating on an equal footing…

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