WATCHING WASHINGTON UNBUNDLING RULE DRAWS NEAR
With Patrick Crow The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission plans to vote before Apr. 8 on the final version of its "mega-NOPR," the rulemaking to unbundle natural gas pipeline services. But the regulation still has a long way to go, judging from the commissioners' discussion of the "restructuring rule" at a recent meeting (OGJ, Feb. 17, p. 23). The rule will be issued as Order 636. Commissioners will continue marathon private negotiations via written and oral proposals and counterproposals.