Natural Gas Pipeline Co. v. Panoma Corp.
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349 U.S. 44 (1955)
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U.S. Supreme Court
Natural Gas Pipeline Co. v. Panoma Corp., 349 U.S. 44 (1955)
Natural Gas Pipeline Co. v. Panoma Corporation
Argued March 28-29, 1955
Decided April 11, 1955*
349 U.S. 44
APPEAL FROM THE SUPREME COURT OF OKLAHOMA
A State may not fix a minimum price to be paid for natural gas, after its production and gathering has ended, by a company which transports the gas for resale in interstate commerce, because such .sale and transportation are subject to regulation by the Federal Power Commission exclusively.
271 P.2d 354 and 272 P.2d 425 reversed.
In this case, Oklahoma has attempted to fix a minimum price to be paid for natural gas, after its production and gathering has ended, by a company which transports the gas for resale in interstate commerce. We held in Phillips Petroleum Co. v. Wisconsin, 347 U. S. 672, that
such a sale and transportation cannot be regulated by a State, but are subject to the exclusive regulation of the Federal Power Commission. The Phillips case therefore controls this one. We disagree with the contention of the appellees that Cities Service Gas Co. v. Peerless Oil and Gas Co., 340 U. S. 179, and Phillips Petroleum Co. v. Oklahoma, 340 U. S. 190, are applicable here. In those cases, we were dealing with constitutional questions, and not the construction of the Natural Gas Act. The latter question was specifically not passed upon in those cases.
MR. JUSTICE DOUGLAS, being of opinion that State regulation of price is permissible until the Federal price regulation permitted by Phillips Petroleum Co. v. Wisconsin, 347 U. S. 672, is imposed, dissents. MR. JUSTICE HARLAN took no part in the consideration or decision of these cases.
* Together with No. 321, Natural Gas Pipeline Co. v. Corporation Commission of Oklahoma et al., also on appeal from the same court, argued March 29, 1955.