Curtis

FERC ALJ Issues Split El Paso Ruling

In his much-awaited initial decision, FERC Chief Administrative Law Judge Curtis Wagner Jr. ruled Tuesday that El Paso Natural Gas engaged in “blatant collusion” by rigging the bidding process for a large block of transportation capacity on its system to favor its merchant-power affiliate. However, he recommended dismissal of the charge that El Paso Merchant Energy Co. illegally exercised market power to drive up prices for natural gas delivered to southern California beginning in mid-2000.

October 10, 2001

Initial ALJ Decision in Transwestern Case Delayed

FERC Chief Administrative Law Judge Curtis Wagner Jr. has extended by two weeks the deadline for an initial decision in the case in which Transwestern Pipeline is alleged to have arranged more lucrative negotiated-rate deals last winter prior to posting available firm transportation capacity to its web site — a move that extracted higher rates and limited the capacity availability for recourse-rate shippers for service to California.

October 8, 2001

Initial ALJ Decision in Transwestern Case Delayed

FERC Chief Administrative Law Judge Curtis Wagner Jr. has extended by two weeks the deadline for an initial decision in the case in which Transwestern Pipeline is alleged to have arranged more lucrative negotiated-rate deals last winter prior to posting available firm transportation capacity to its web site — a move that extracted higher rates and limited the capacity availability for recourse-rate shippers for service to California.

October 4, 2001

FERC ALJ: Parties Have Three Weeks to Settle El Paso Dispute

As was expected, FERC Chief Administrative Law Judge Curtis Wagner Jr. last Thursday refused to appoint a judge to oversee negotiations of a money settlement in the high-profile dispute in which two El Paso Corp. affiliates are accused of illegally rigging bids for pipeline capacity and violating the Commission’s affiliate standards. He said the parties have three weeks to settle the dispute on their own.

September 17, 2001

FERC ALJ: Parties Have Three Weeks to Settle El Paso Dispute

As was expected, FERC Chief Administrative Law Judge Curtis Wagner Jr. yesterday refused to appoint a judge to oversee negotiations of a money settlement in the high-profile dispute in which two El Paso Corp. affiliates are accused of illegally rigging bids for pipeline capacity and violating the Commission’s affiliate standards. He said the parties have three weeks to settle the dispute on their own.

September 14, 2001

ALJ Advocates Money Settlement in El Paso Dispute

FERC Chief Administrative Law Judge Curtis Wagner Jr. yesterday “strongly encourage[d]” parties to reach a monetary settlement in the high-profile case in which California regulators have accused El Paso Natural Gas and El Paso Merchant Energy Co. (EPME) of illegally manipulating natural gas prices in California and committing affiliate violations.

August 31, 2001

FERC ALJ Admits ‘Sensitive’ Memo into El Paso Case

FERC Chief Administrative Law Judge Curtis Wagner has ordered El Paso Merchant Energy Co. (EPME) to produce a copy of a highly sensitive internal memorandum, which allegedly reveals the intimate working relationship between parent El Paso Corp. and affiliates El Paso Natural Gas and EPME, into the record of a high-profile case exploring charges of affiliate and market-power abuse.

August 27, 2001

FERC ALJ Admits ‘Sensitive’ Memo into El Paso Case

FERC Chief Administrative Law Judge Curtis Wagner has ordered El Paso Merchant Energy Co. (EPME) to produce a copy of a highly sensitive internal memorandum, which allegedly reveals the intimate working relationship between parent El Paso Corp. and affiliates El Paso Natural Gas and EPME, into the record of a high-profile case exploring charges of affiliate and market-power abuse.

August 23, 2001

ALJ Short Circuits El Paso Affiliate-Abuse Hearing

FERC Chief Administrative Law Judge Curtis L. Wagner stunned his courtroom last week when he abruptly ended the affiliate-abuse phase of the hearing exploring charges against El Paso Natural Gas and affiliate El Paso Merchant Energy after attorneys refused to put El Paso Corp. Chairman William Wise and other top corporate executives on the stand to be questioned by California regulators.

August 13, 2001

ALJ Short Circuits Hearing After El Paso Refuses to Testify

FERC Chief Administrative Law Judge Curtis L. Wagner stunned his courtroom yesterday when he abruptly adjourned the affiliate-abuse phase of the hearing exploring charges against El Paso Natural Gas and affiliate El Paso Merchant Energy after the company refused to put El Paso Corp. Chairman William Wise and other top corporate executives on the stand to respond to questions from Wagner.

August 7, 2001