December 2012, Vol. 239 No. 12


Sen. Wydens Ascendency Causing Concern

The results of the presidential and congressional elections portend “more of the same” with regard to issues of interest to the gas transmission industry. Regulatory dockets already under way will continue along their current track. Those dockets concern greenhouse gas emissions, the integrity management program and fracking. But the most significant result of the election may be legislative, meaning the retirement of Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). Sen. Ron Wyden’s (D-OR) ascension to the chairmanship brings a legislator who has been sometimes critical of pipeline operations to a position where he can, to put it politely, cause

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