Tax, environment, safety issues loom for US gas processors

Issues with major economic implications currently facing the U.S. gas-processing industry include federal tax treatment of gas gathering lines as defined by the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the initiative by the Department of Transportation's Office of Pipeline Safety (DOT-OPS) to propose a rule defining gas-gathering lines, and pipeline safety legislation and initiatives at the federal and state levels.Each issue can significantly affect future development of the industry.Tax treatmentProper treatment of natural gas gathering lines for purposes of depreciation has vast economic consequences.At issue is whether such lines are assets used in the exploration for and production of ...

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