March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

Government

FERC Investigates Possible Overcharging at 4 Pipelines

It is not unprecedented for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to investigate potential overcharging at pipelines, as it announced it was doing in January. But it doesn’t happen frequently, just three other times since 2009. The agency announced Jan. 21 that it will initiate Natural Gas Act, Section 5 investigations of the rates charged by Tuscarora Gas Transmission Co., Empire Pipeline, Inc., Iroquois Gas Transmission System, LP and Columbia Gulf Transmission. The commission charged each pipeline is collecting revenue substantially in excess of the pipeline’s actual cost of service, including a reasonable return on equity. FERC directed each pipeline to file a cost and revenu

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