Accused

Pipelines Conceal ROR Data, Producer Charges

An executive with Conoco Inc. this week accused interstatepipelines of intentionally burying information that customers needto determine whether pipes are exceeding their authorized rates ofreturn on equity (RORs), which he strongly suspects is the case.

September 17, 1999

AZ Regulator Accused of Tampering with SW Gas Merger

The bloody battle over the right to merge with Southwest GasCorp. has recently claimed another victim: Arizona CorporationCommissioner (ACC) Jim Irvin. Federal and state authorities areinvestigating allegations that the state regulator illegallyinfluenced Southwest Gas to go with Oneok Inc. as a merger partnerinstead of rival suitor Southern Union Co.

August 23, 1999

AZ Regulator Accused of Tampering with Southwest Merger

The bloody battle over the right to merge with Southwest GasCorp. has recently claimed another victim: Arizona CorporationCommissioner (ACC) Jim Irvin. Federal and state authorities areinvestigating allegations that the state regulator illegallyinfluenced Southwest Gas to go with Oneok Inc. as a merger partnerinstead of rival suitor Southern Union Co.

August 23, 1999

OK Attorney General Accuses OCC of Ex Parte Discussions with ONG

Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson last week accusedOklahoma Corporation Commissioners of having improper discussionswith ONG during recent settlement negotiations and has asked eachcommissioner to recuse him/herself from the proceedings if suchdiscussions indeed happened. None of the three commissioners agreedto do so.

May 31, 1999

NGSA’s President Accused of Misappropriating $2.4 Million

The Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA), which represents thenation’s major gas producers, last week placed its president,Nicholas J. Bush, on administrative leave without pay in the wakeof an investigation and a subsequent lawsuit. The suit accuses himof fraud and misappropriating more than $2.4 million from the groupsince the late 1980s. The D.C. Superior Court, where the suit wasfiled, has issued a temporary restraining order against Bush andhas continued the case until Feb. 26 [Docket No. 1028-99].

February 22, 1999

NGSA’s Bush Accused of Misappropriating $2 Million

The Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA), which represents thenation’s major gas producers, earlier this week placed itspresident, Nicholas J. Bush, on administrative leave without pay inthe wake of an investigation and a subsequent civil lawsuitaccusing him of misappropriating more than $2 million from thegroup since the late 1980s. The D.C. Superior Court, where the suitwas filed, has issued a temporary restraining order against Bushand has continued the case until Feb. 26 [Docket No. 001028-99].

February 19, 1999

Arizona Muni Accuses Questar of Dampening Competition

An Arizona municipality, which seeks to start up its own gasdistribution system, has accused an out-of-state distributor ofhiding behind its Hinshaw status to justify its refusal totransport interstate gas for resale to the municipal’s potentialcustomers. Without the distributor’s transportation link, themunicipal says its dream of its own system will fizzle. Thedistributor, on the other hand, contends that its denial of transportation service is strictly a business decision.

November 16, 1998

Arizona Muni Accuses Questar of Stifling Competition

An Arizona municipality, which seeks to start up its own gasdistribution system, has accused an out-of-state distributor ofhiding behind its Hinshaw status to justify its refusal totransport interstate gas for resale to the municipal’s potentialcustomers. Without the distributor’s transportation link, themunicipal says its dream of its own system will fizzle. Thedistributor, on the other hand, contends that its denial of transportation service is strictly a business decision.

November 13, 1998

Hebert Lands on Anne Marie Mueser’s List

Environmental activist Anne Marie Mueser has accusedCommissioner Curt Hebert Jr. of potentially compromising hisimpartiality in a case involving Southern Natural Gas Co.’s (Sonat) northern Alabama project – a proceeding that is scheduled forrehearing at FERC’s bi-monthly meeting today. She thinks Hebertshould consider recusing himself from the case.

October 28, 1998

Complaint Against Front Range Pipeline Dismissed

FERC last week denied a complaint in which KN WattenbergTransmission LLC accused a western LDC and pipeline affiliates ofimproperly bifurcating their pipeline projects to sidestepCommission jurisdiction.

June 16, 1998