What is the difference between a Marketing Affiliate and a Marketer?

A Marketing Affiliate is usually a marketing company with corporate ties to a pipeline or distributor. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 497 regulates any relationships an interstate pipeline marketing affiliate might have with either the transportation or sales departments of the pipeline. A Marketer is a company, other than the pipeline or LDC that buys and resells gas or brokers gas for a profit. Marketers also perform a variety of related services, including arranging transportation, monitoring deliveries and balancing. An independent marketer is not affiliated with a pipeline, producer or LDC.