Doggett Questions Longhorn Stability
Doggett also describes at some length the current financial troubles of the pipeline's backers -- specifically the Williams Companies, reportedly near bankruptcy. "With Longhorn keeping the financial resources of the limited liability partnership hidden," Doggett wrote, "it appears at this point that the only authority to access financial responsibility is through the Office of Pipeline Safety's regulatory responsibility" under the Dept. of Transportation. Doggett urged Mineta to "withhold approval of Longhorn's spill response plan until the financial wherewithal of this partnership and its limited partners has been thoroughly aired, with a full opportunity for public input."