ENERGY BRIEFS

ENERGY BRIEFS

GAS SUPPLY ASSOCIATION

HITS ST. PAUL FEE PLANThe Natural Gas Supply Association Tuesday said it is filing a friend-of-the-court brief with the Minnesota Supreme Court opposing

plans by the city of St. Paul to impose a franchise fee on parties who sell natural gas to end users in the city.

NGSA said that if St. Paul can can extend its franchise requirements beyond its borders, any city in the country could do the same.

In the brief, NGSA said that St. Paul's action would cause "the interstate sale of natural gas to become an administrative nightmare."

NGSA's action Tuesday stems from a Jan. 23 decision in the Minnesota Court of Appeals that reversed an earlier court ruling that gas companies were not required to obtain a franchise to sell gas in the jurisdiction.

PLANS PIT BRITISH GAS

AGAINST GOVERNMENT

LONDON - British Gas PLC plans to import large amounts of Norwegian gas, starting in the mid-1990s, which will "set it on a collision course" with the U.K. government, The Financial Times said Tuesday.

The newspaper said the government fears that large imports could delay development of Britain's gas reserves and that there is sufficient gas in the U.K. sector to meet the country's needs.

The report said British Gas believes that starting in 1995, it could import up to 353 billion cubic feet of gas a year.