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Texas Railroad Commission sides with Eastman in Westlake pipeline dispute

HOUSTON, August 24, 2016 (PCW) -- The Texas Railroad Commission, which has the power to set pipeline rates, on Wednesday ruled that Houston-based Westlake Chemical cannot charge a free-market rate for use of its Texas pipeline, concluding a 3-year-old dispute.

The dispute centers on the cost of shipping ethylene 200 miles through Westlake’s pipeline from Longview, TX to Mont Belvieu, TX, near the Houston Ship Channel.

Eastman filed a complaint with the commission after Westlake nearly doubled its rate in 2013, to $3.50 per 100 pounds from $1.90. Westlake also removed a discount for shipping more than 320,000 pounds in a day.

The Railroad Commission, in a 2-1 vote, set a rate of $2.45 per 100 pounds. -- Donna Todd

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