WATCHING WASHINGTON GAO BACKS ORDER 636

With Patrick Crow A long awaited General Accounting Office report has endorsed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Order 636, which forces U.S. gas pipelines to unbundle their rates. That was a relief for the gas pipeline industry because most lines have submitted new rates to FERC, which has accepted 22 plans. A strongly negative report could have stalled the process and given Congress or the courts a reason to undo the rule. Order 636 is being challenged in federal appeals court.

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