In response to last week’s article entitled “ALJ Upholds Natural Gas Manipulation Charges Against BP by FERC” (click here to access), the following statement was received on behalf of Geoff Morrell, BP’s Senior Vice President of US Communications & External Affairs: “We strongly disagree with today's decision by the FERC Administrative Law Judge. As BP demonstrated at the hearing, the FERC enforcement staff’s allegations are entirely without merit. The evidence overwhelmingly demonstrated that BP’s natural gas traders did not engage in any market manipulation, and FERC has no jurisdiction over the trading at issue in any event. As the leading marketer of natural gas in North America, BP is committed to adhering to the highest ethical standards, conducting all trading in compliance with all laws and regulations, and maintaining a strong control and compliance environment. BP will appeal this decision to the full Commission, as required by federal administrative procedure law.”