Underground Gas Storage: Economic Needs and a Proposed Statutory Resolution of Legal Obstacles

Gas storage is necessary to equate the supply and demand for gas in different parts of the United States. Most areas of the country lack sufficient native gas supplies to meet their own demands for consumption, and commercial natural gas produced mainly in the southwest must be shipped to all parts of the country. The primary and most economical means of shipment is by pipelines. But during the winter months pipelines carrying capacity loads are incapable of meeting the demand for gas, especially for residential space heating. Contrariwise, capacity far exceeds demand during the warmer periods. This Article will discuss a resolution to this problem.