Watching Government - GTI debates

08/16/2004
It's up to the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to decide, possibly this year, if industry should keep paying a government-mandated surcharge to fund natural gas research and development at the Gas Technology Institute.Under a 1998 agreement, the industry surcharge is supposed to end this year, but GTI recently asked FERC to extend the required fee another 5 years. The American Gas Association and the US Department of Transportation support GTI's proposal to extend funding. Major and independent producers, as well as industrial gas consumers, oppose it.AGA, DOTDOT told FERC that GTI's $48 million proposal would help industry meet a congressionally mandated pipeline rese...
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