Subcommittee Hearing May Help Ferc Speed Up Actions

By Fers, Ronda | THE JOURNAL RECORD, June 19, 1990 | Go to article overview

Subcommittee Hearing May Help Ferc Speed Up Actions


Fers, Ronda, THE JOURNAL RECORD


Nothing happens quickly at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Projects can take years to come to a head, like the landmark Williams Pipe Line Co. oil pipeline case that spent a decade or more on the books at FERC before being resolved by settlement.

There are movements to speed things up, though.

Chairman Martin Allday of Midland, Texas, who took office late last year, has said on numerous occasions that one of his primary goals is to streamline procedures at the agency.

An oversight hearing planned by the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee of the House Government Operations Committee may help facilitate Allday's goal.

U.S. Rep. Mike Synar, D-Okla., who chairs the subcommittee, told the Natural Gas Roundtable two weeks ago that a hearing may take place late this year or early next. FERC procedures and operations will be the primary focus of the hearing, he said, rather than specific cases such as the Iroquois pipeline from Canada to New York, which was probed by the Senate Energy Committee in early May.

"We want to see what can be done to improve the opeations of FERC," Synar said. "We get complaints constantly."

Public comment along with industry and agency input will be sought for the hearing.

A Synar subcommittee aide said the hearing will concentrate on the resources of the agency plus procedures, and also look at the agency's policy and authorizations.

FERC has some 1,436 permanent employees. In fiscal 1989, the agency's appropriated budget totalled $108.8 million. During the year, the agency collected some $125 million in charges and fees.

Aside from natural gas matters, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission oversees oil pipelines, gas pipelines, hydroelectric projects and electric utilities. The agency is empowered by the Natural Gas Act and Natural Gas Policy Act, among other applicable laws.

Synar's aide said Synar, and others, also are concerned about the number of FERC decisions that have been overturned by the courts in recent months, especially natural gas cases such as Order 451 - the "old gas" decision.

The end goal of the subcommittee, Synar's aide said, is to fix FERC, whether by recommended legislation or an official report outlining remedial steps to be taken by the agency. This will not be a speedy process, either, but she said the subcommittee has been successful in implementing recommended changes in the past.

A report has not yet been issued by the Senate Energy Committee on its hearing on the Iroquois. Committee staff members have said, however, that allegations of ex parte meetings between Iroquois project sponsors and FERC staff will not be addressed.

An internal investigation continues at the agency into the alleged improper meetings. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Subcommittee Hearing May Help Ferc Speed Up Actions
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.