El Paso defends actions during California crisis to FERC

El Paso Corp., Houston, concluding its defense of an affiliate abuse complaint pending at the US Federal Energy Regula- tory Commission, claimed its units El Paso Natural Gas and El Paso Merchant Energy Co. did not withhold pipeline capacity from the California market and complied with all FERC regulations.The California Public Utility Com- mission last year alleged that affiliate abuse allowed El Paso companies to control most of the pipeline capacity delivering gas into southern California. CPUC charged that El Paso's units conspired to withhold capacity from the market, driving up prices. An administrative law judge is expected to rule in the case before Oct. 8.Sorting out causesEl...

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