HOUSE MOVE TO LIMIT STATES' GAS PRORATIONING RULES DRAWS FIRE

A federal move to curb states' authority to prorate gas production has drawn sharp criticism from U.S. independent operators. Under fire is an amendment by Reps. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and James Scheuer (D.-N.Y.) to the House energy bill. Gas industry spokesmen said the Markey-Scheuer amendment is an invasion of states' rights that would bring chaos to U.S. gas markets by challenging proration laws in effect for more than 60 years. Among the critics of the proposal:

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