Apache, Williams exchange charges in gas gathering dispute

Apache Corp., Houston, and Williams Cos. Inc., Tulsa, exchanged swipes concerning a nearly year-old dispute over Williams's attempt to transfer ownership of a gas gathering system in South Texas from a subsidiary regulated by the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to an unregulated affiliate.Apache officials opened Aug. 14 with a press release in which they accused Williams of making an "end run" through a court challenge in order to "subvert federal regulators' limited remaining authority to protect consumers from monopoly pricing on Williams's gas pipelines." They said Williams filed suit in a federal court to overturn an unfavorable ruling by an administrative law judg...

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