Natural Gas Deregulation: Review and Perspective


  • Allan L. McLarty
  • David A. Holgate



Energy Law, Petroleum Law


This paper presents a review of the development of the statutory framework for implementing natural gas regulation in Canada and the steps in the process of "deregulation "followed by a discussion of some of the major outstanding issues arising directly from the process of deregulation. Some of the issues discussed in the context of deregulation include the federal and Alberta surplus tests, the pressure on existing long term gas contracts being exerted by consumer provinces, the bypass option and Alberta gas removal permit procedures.