The transportation of natural gas has been defined by some as the movement or conveyance of natural gas from the area of production to the market or ultimately the consumer. The subject paper describes the evolution of state and federal regulations imposed on the transportation of natural gas. The paper also discusses in detail the various FERC transportation programs which producers, pipelines, local distribution companies, and brokers can use to transport natural gas to markets throughout the United States. Finally, the paper discusses Chevron's participation in this evolving transportation environment as seen from the largest producer of natural gas.
In conclusion, with the natural gas industry changing its structure for transportation programs so quickly, it is imperative that an understanding of today's transportation programs and regulation be achieved. This paper outlines the structure of transportation regulation as well as develops an understanding for the FERC transportation program available today.