Buckeye rejects allegations it overcharges to transport jet fuel


Oct 11 (Reuters) - Buckeye Partners LP rejectedallegations by four major U.S. airlines that it wasovercharging to transport jet fuel to New York City areaairports and requested that the Federal Energy RegulatoryCommission dismiss the complaint.

Delta Air Lines Inc , JetBlue Airways Corp ,United Continental Inc and US Airways Group Incfiled the complaint last month alleging a Buckeye unit ofcharging "unjust and unreasonable" rates to transport fuel tothe Newark Liberty, John F. Kennedy and La Guardia airports.

Buckeye said the complaints were irrelevant because ratescharged by Buckeye Pipe Line Co LP were set under anFERC-approved program that ties rates to competitive levels.

Buckeye shares closed at $47.39 on the New York StockExchange on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Sunayan Bhattacharjee in Bangalore; Editing bySaumyadeb Chakrabarty)

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