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Building Your Own Underground Gas Storage Project: From Leasing to Open Season Under FERC Order No. 636

Jerry R. Fish, Robert A. Nelson, Proceedings of 40th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute (1994)

Following Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order No. 636, the underground storage of natural gas, employed in the United States since early this century, has become more valuable than ever as an alternative to building new interstate pipeline capacity. Further, development of storage projects is no longer the exclusive domain of interstate gas pipeline companies and local gas distribution companies. Underground gas storage can now be developed by producers, marketers, and large industrial gas users as well. This paper attempts to survey the technical and legal issues involved in developing a new underground gas storage project.