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A concept with many different interpretations depending on which federal law is being considered. Usually relevant in determining if an activity has a sufficient connection to interstate commerce,and thus the Commerce Clause of the Constitution,to warrant federal intrusion or oversight of the activity. Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the United States Constitution is known as the Commerce Clause and empowers the United States Congress “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.”Representative areas of federal power may include

• Matters in interstate commerce
• Matters affecting interstate commerce
• Agencies and instrumentalities of interstate commerce
• Local laws that discriminate against interstate commerce
• Crimes that interfere with or obstruct interstate commerce

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Because the commission's existing pipeline posting regulations do not apply to non-interstate pipelines, market observers cannot determine the availability of natural gas and transportation on a non-interstate pipeline to the same extent as they could for an interstate pipeline.
An Energy Information Administration study named 28 national market centers of which 13 are served by a combination of interstate and non-interstate pipelines.

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