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Battle rages over pipeline rules that can cost a bundle to read

The beleaguered federal agency that oversees oil and gas pipelines meets today to consider lobbying push-back against congressional orders that it stop charging the public up to $995 to read one of its industry-developed safety standards. At issue is a little-known government practice called "incorporation by reference," the inclusion of lengthy industry standards into federal laws without publishing their full text. So anyone who wants a copy must pay a hefty fee.

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