Criminalize energy curtailment

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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