Watching Government: Two views of line proposal

04/13/2009
A proposal by US Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) to amend a section of the Natural Gas Act so interstate gas pipelines would be subject to the same refund procedures as electricity suppliers has drawn differing reactions.“Simply put, the current system is broken. It favors pipelines over consumers by allowing pipelines to keep overcharges rather than giving consumers their money back when their rates are shown to be excessive,” said the American Public Gas Association and 19 other groups in an Apr. 6 letter to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman.The issue is much more complex, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America said on Apr. 2. It g...
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