WATCHING WASHINGTON SPOTLIGHT ON FERC PERMITTING

With Patrick Crow A congressional watchdog agency has agreed with the U.S. pipeline industry that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should speed its construction permitting process. Rep. Mike Synar (D-Okla.), chairman of the House environment, energy, and natural resources subcommittee, has been critical of FERC's Rip Van Winkle approach to permitting (OGJ, Nov. 5, 1990, p. 13). And at a recent subcommittee hearing, the General Accounting Office released an analysis of FERC

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