NEWS BULLETIN

March 21, 2008 --- Vol. 14, No. 35March 2008

Alaska Supreme Court upholds RCA decision

The Alaska Supreme Court said in a decision issued today that it supports a decision by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska that a 2003 protest of 1986-1996 trans-Alaska oil pipeline rates by Tesoro Alaska Petroleum and Williams Alaska Petroleum was untimely.

Tesoro and Williams appealed the decision to the Alaska Superior Court, which remanded the case to RCA for further proceedings.

The owners of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and the State of Alaska appealed that decision to the Alaska Supreme Court, which reversed the order of the Superior Court and directed that the decision of RCA be affirmed.

The Supreme Court said claims by Tesoro and Williams that RCA must complete every rate investigation that it initiates, “and therefore has no ability to accept a settlement … has no support in the statutes, case law, or regulations.”

The court also said that claims by Tesoro and Williams “that their petitions to intervene and protest were timely is also unpersuasive.”

See complete story in March 30 issue of Petroleum News, available to subscribers online at noon Friday, March 28 at www.petroleumnews.com.


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