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90 STAT. 2915

Policy and Conservation Act, except that in addition to the require- 42 USC 6212. ments of such Acts, before any Alaska natural gas in excess of 1,000 Mcf per day may be exported to any nation other than Canada or Mexico, the President must make and publish an express finding that Presidential such exports will not diminish the total quantity or quality nor finding. increase the total price of energy available to the United States. publication.

EQUAL ACCESS TO FACILITIES Sec. 13. (a) There shall be included in the terms of any certificate, 15 USC 719k. permit, right-of-way, lease, or other authorization issued or granted pursuant to the directions contained in section 9 of this Act, a provision that no person seeking to transport natural gas in the Alaska natural gas transportation system shall be prevented from doing so or be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of service on the basis of degree of ownership, or lack thereof, of the Alaska natural gas transportation system.

(b) The State of Alaska is authorized to ship its royalty gas on the approved transportation system for use within Alaska and, to the extent its contracts for the sale of royalty gas so provide, to withdraw such gas from the interstate market for use within Alaska ; the Federal Power Commission shall issue all authorizations necessary to effectuate such shipment and withdrawal subject to review by the Commission only of the justness and reasonableness of the rate charged for such transportation.

ANTITRUST LAWS

Sec. 14. Nothing in this Act, and no action taken hereunder, shall 15 USC 7191 imply or effect an amendment to, or exemption from, any provision of the antitrust laws.

AUTHORIZATION

Sec. 15. There is hereby authorized to be appropriated beginning 15 USC 719m. in fiscal year 1978 and each fiscal year thereafter, such sums as may be necessary to carry out the functions of the Federal inspector appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate under section 7.

SEPARABILITY

Sec. 16. If any provision of this Act, or the application thereof, 15 USC 719n. is held invalid, the remainder of this Act shall not be affected thereby.

CIVIL RIGHTS

Sec. 17. All Federal officers and agencies shall take such affirmative Discrimination, action as is necessary to assure that no person shall, on the grounds prohibition. of race, creed, color, national origin, or sex, be excluded from receiv- 15 USC 7190. ing, or participating in any activity conducted under, any certificates, permit, right-of-way, lease, or other authorization granted or issued pursuant to this Act. The appropriate Federal officers and agencies Rules. shall promulgate such rules as are necessary to carry out the purposes of this section and may enforce this section, and any rules promulgated under this section through agency and department provisions and rules which shall be similar to those established and in effect under title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

42 USC 2000d

et seq.

90 STAT. 2916

REPORT ON THE EQUITABLE ALLOCATION OF NORTH SLOPE CRUDE OIL

Sec. 18. Within 6 months of the date of enactment of this Act, the President shall determine what special expediting procedures are necessary to insure the equitable allocation of north slope crude oil to the Northern Tier States of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio (hereinafter referred to as the “Northern Tier States") to carry out the provisions of section 410 of Public Law 93–153 and shall report his findings to the Congress. In his report, the President shall identify the specific provisions of law, which relate to any determination of a Federal officer or agency as to whether to issue or grant a certificate, permit, right-of-way, lease, or other authorization in connection with the construction of an oil delivery system serving the Northern Tier States and which the President finds would inhibit the expeditious construction of such a system in the contiguous States of the United States. In addition the President will include in his report a statement which demonstrates the impact that the delivery system will have on reducing the dependency of New England and the Middle Atlantic States on foreign oil imports. Furthermore, all Federal officers and agencies shall, prior to the submission of such report and further congressional action relating thereto, expedite to the fullest practicable extent all applications and requests for action made with respect to such an oil delivery system.

Report to
Congress.
43 USC 1651
note.

43 USC 1651
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ANTITRUST STUDY

Report to Congress. 15 USC 719 note.

Sec. 19. The Attorney General of the United States is authorized and directed to conduct a thorough study of the antitrust issues and problems relating to the production and transportation of Alaska natural gas and, not later than six months following the date of enactment of this Act, to complete such study and submit to the Congress a report containing his findings and recommendations with l'espect thereto.

EXPIRATION Sec. 20. This Act shall terminate in the event that no decision of the President takes effect under section 8 of this Act, such termination to occur at the end of the last day on which a decision could be, but is not, approved under such section.

Approved October 22, 1976.

15 USC 719 note.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
HOUSE REPORT No. 94-1658, Pt. 1 (Comm. on Interstate and Foreign Commerce).
SENATE REPORT No. 94-1020 (Comm. on Commerce and Comm. on Interior and Insular

Affairs).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 122 (1976):

July 1, considered and passed Senate.
Sept. 30, considered and passed House, amended.

Oct. 1, Senate agreed to House amendments.
WEEKLY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS, Vol. 12, No. 44:

Oct. 22, Presidential statement.

NATURAL GAS POLICY ACT OF 1978

NATURAL GAS POLICY ACT OF 1978

An Act

Nov. 9. 1978 (H.R. 5289)

For the relief of Joe Cortina of Tampa, Florida.

Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

[Private relief matter relating to Joe Cortina not shown.] SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

(a) SHORT TITLE.—This Act may be cited as the “Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978”. (b) TABLE OF CONTENTS.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.
Sec. 2. Definitions.

TITLE I-WELLHEAD PRICING

Subtitle A-Wellhead Price Controls
Sec. 101. Inflation adjustment; other general price ceiling rules.
Sec. 102. Ceiling price for new natural gas and certain natural gas produced

from the Outer Continental Shelf.
Sec. 103. Ceiling price for new, onshore production wells.
Sec. 104. Ceiling price for sales of natural gas dedicated to interstate commerce.
Sec. 105. Ceiling price for sales under existing intrastate contracts.
Sec. 106. Ceiling price for sales under rollover contracts.
Sec. 107. Ceiling price for high-cost natural gas.
Sec. 108. Ceiling price for stripper well natural gas.
Sec. 109. Ceiling price for other categories of natural gas.
Sec. 110. Treatment of State severance taxes and certain production-related

costs.

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Subtitle B—Decontrol of Certain Natural Gas Prices
Sec. 121. Elimination of price controls for certain natural gas sales.
Sec. 122. Standby price control authority.
Sec. 123. Report to the Congress.

TITLE II—INCREMENTAL PRICING
Sec. 201. Industrial boiler fuel use.
Sec. 202. Amendment expanding application for other industrial uses.
Sec. 203. Acquisition costs subject to passthrough.
Sec. 204. Method of passthrough.
Sec. 205. Local distribution company passthrough requirements.
Sec. 206. Exemptions.
Sec. 207. Treatment of certain imports.
Sec. 208. Alaska natural gas.
TITLE III-ADDITIONAL AUTHORITIES AND REQUIREMENTS

Subtitle A--Emergency Authorities
Sec. 301. Declaration of Emergency.
Sec. 302. Emergency purchase authority.
Sec. 303. Emergency allocation authority.
Sec. 304. Miscellaneous provisions.

Subtitle B-Other Authorities and Requirements
Sec. 311. Authorization of certain sales and transportation.
Sec. 312. Assignment of contractual rights to receive surplus natural gas.
Sec. 318. Effect of certain natural gas prices on indefinite price escalator clauses.
Sec. 314. Clauses prohibiting certain sales, transportation, and commingling.
Sec. 315. Contract duration; right of first refusal; filing of contracts and

agreements.

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