Speaking Engagement

FERC Regulation of Natural Gas: Enforcement and Compliance Issues

Energy Bar Association Energy Law Academy 101

Online Program

Blank Rome of counsel George D. Billinson will be a speaker at the Energy Bar Association’s Energy Law Academy 101: FERC Regulation of Natural Gas, being held online November 15 and 16, 2021.

George’s session, “Enforcement and Compliance Issues,” will take place on Tuesday, November 16, and will cover market manipulation, secondary market (shipper must have title requirement, prohibition on flipping and buy/sells), and other issues.

Other sessions include:

  • Historical Perspective and Natural Gas Industry Overview
  • Natural Gas Act Sections 4 & 5: Setting Rates and Terms and Conditions of Service 
  • Legal Overview: Key Statutes / Scope and Limits of FERC Jurisdictions
  • Key Regulatory Concepts
  • Regulation of Pipeline Safety/PHMSA
  • Natural Gas Act Section 3: Imports and Exports
  • Natural Gas Act Section 7: Constructing and Abandoning Pipelines 
  • Cost of Service Ratemaking
  • Emerging Rate Case Issues 


The goal of Course 101 is to provide an overview of the federal regulation of the natural gas industry by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”). Taught by industry practitioners and regulators from FERC, the course begins with a brief overview of the natural gas industry, including the production, gathering, transportation, distribution, and storage of natural gas. The course describes key statutes governing and affecting the interstate transportation of natural gas and discusses key legal milestones. Instructors explain important regulatory concepts, pipeline services, and the scope and limits of FERC jurisdiction. The course covers key sections of the Natural Gas Act (“NGA”), including imports and exports under Section 3; construction and abandonment under section 7; ratemaking under sections 4 and 5; and enforcement issues.

For more information, please visit the event webpage.