Vanderbilt Law Review


Jerome M. Alper

First Page



The Natural Gas Act,' enacted in 1938, gives to the Federal Power Commission the power of comprehensive regulation over the transportation of natural gas in interstate commerce and over the sale in interstate commerce of natural gas for resale. Under this statute the Commission has regulated the activities of the interstate pipelines which link the distant market points with the producing fields. One of the most controversial questions arising in the administration of the Act has been whether the producers and processors which sell the natural gas to the interstate transmission lines are subject to the Act. The question remained open until the opinion of the Supreme Court on June 7, 1954, in "Phillips Petroleum Company v. Wisconsin," resolved the issue in the affirmative.