This book has benefitted from the wide variety of comments, suggestions, and efforts of many individuals both inside and outside of the Federal Trade Commission. First of all, I am grateful for the encouraging comments and suggestions of the outside reviewer. Within the Federal Trade Commission (as of August 1989), I would like to thank Keith Anderson, Denis Breen, David Dickey, Douglas Dobson, John Howell, John Morris, Paul Pautler, Charles Pidano, and Michael Wise for their comments on earlier drafts of this book. The complex computer programming requirements of the analysis were admirably performed by John Hamilton. I especially appreciate the time John took to understand the project and to continuously suggest ways to improve the analysis. Additional programming was provided by Richard Sogg. Excellent research assistance on each phase of the project was provided by Barbara Battle. Additional research assistance on specific projects was provided by Ernest Cowan, Delores Munson, Susan Painter, Carolyn Samuels, and Cheryl Williams. Word processing was ably performed by Betsy Zichterman. The pipeline map on the title page of Appendix B was creatively designed by Donald Cox.
I would like to thank former Federal Trade Commission staff who contributed to the book. The discussions and comments by Scott Harvey and Daniel Alger were always instructive. Nancy Cole was instrumental in developing the databases and provided the initial computer programming. Joseph Cholka drafted portions of Chapter 2 and computerized the data on supply contracts. Annette Shanklin performed all the word processing on numerous earlier drafts.
I would also like to recognize the helpful comments and assistance from Laurel Hyde and Frederick Lawrence of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Joan Heinkel of the Energy Information Administration.