TransTexas Gas Corp. of Houston said following discussions witha group representing a majority of its parent company’s noteholders it voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The companysaid it believes the filing will allow for completion of itsrecapitalization involving TransTexas and parent, TransAmericanEnergy Corp. Details of the recapitalization plan are expected tobe filed in bankruptcy court within 30 days.
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Georgia deregulation proved it is in full throttle last week asthe municipality representing the city of Marietta formed analliance with Columbia Energy’s Georgia affiliate, Columbia EnergyRetail Corp. The alliance calls for a 10-year deal with the city ata guaranteed base price of 39.9 cents per therm for one year and acontractual promise to be competitive for the other nine. Themunicipality includes between 30,000 and 40,000 gas customers.
A group representing municipal- and government-owned utilitieslast week renewed its call for FERC to impose a moratorium onelectric utility mergers that threaten competition while theindustry is undergoing transition. At a minimum, it proposed thatthe Commission only approve mergers that could show “clearbenefits” that would result from such combinations.