Criminalize energy curtailment

08/20/2001
The article "California bill would criminalize energy curtailment," (OGJ, July 23, 2001, p. 34) outlines just the type of legislation the oil and gas industry has needed for years. I think all of the producer organizations should back this measure as proposed by California Assemblyman Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced).The proposed bill calls for prison terms, and fines based not on the severity of the crime, but on 10% of the offending corporation's gross assets. The loosely defined language of the bill criminalizes "any act that creates a shortage of fuel with the intent to raise fuel prices or materially adversely affect competition" in California's energy market.This bill should prove ...
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