December 2015 Vol. 242, No. 12

Government

Government: Shippers Press for Pipeline Rate Reviews and Refunds

Natural gas consumers led by the Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA) have begun a campaign to encourage the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to get tough on pipeline rates. It is a two-pronged attack. One path seeks to persuade FERC to resume mandatory three-year reviews of interstate natural gas pipeline rates. The other aims to persuade Congress to amend Section 5 of the Natural Gas Act to provide FERC with refund authority. The letter sent to Congress states that FERC Chairman Norman Bay and past Chairs Cheryl LaFleur, Jon Wellinghoff and Joseph Kelliher openly acknowledged the problem of pipeline overcharges and the need for Congress to pass legislation to address i

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