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Conflicts Between Natural Gas Producers and Pipeline Purchasers

William D. Watson, Proceedings of 33d Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute (1987)

It is unlikely that anyone reading this paper will be unaware of the extensive conflicts, disputes, and litigation that characterize current relations between natural gas producers and pipeline purchasers. This paper will suggest some of the sources of those conflicts, including cultural differences. Some options for resolving these conflicts without litigation are discussed. The bulk of the paper is a status report on litigation of these conflicts. Cases not involving natural gas contracts usually have been ignored, even when they provide a more authoritative precedent than a natural gas contract case which is reported.