GOVERNMENT: Yardstick for Gas

Ever since the Federal Power Commission set out eleven years ago to regulate the nation's 3,000-odd independent natural gas producing companies (those not owning their own pipelines), a battle has raged over the question: What is a fair profit for independents? Last week the FPC finally had an answer. In a test case involving the Phillips Petroleum Co. of Bartlesville, Okla., FPC Presiding Examiner Joseph Zwerdling recommended that Phillips be permitted a 9.25% return on its investment. The rate was a compromise between the 18% return asked by Phillips and the 6% return that FPC has been allowing integrated...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!