The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s response to a request from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Committee) for information regarding CFTC oversight of, and enforcement efforts in, the natural gas markets was made available this week. By letter dated February 6, the Committee had requested information regarding the CFTC’s monitoring of trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) and the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and asked for specific information regarding potentially anomalous market behavior detected during 2006, including end-of-month trading that might have affected the accuracy of price indices published by Platts, Natural Gas Intelligence and ICE. In its response, dated February 22, the CFTC set out details regarding its surveillance of trading on NYMEX and ICE, including its issue of two “special calls” to ICE in late 2006 for position data in ICE’s most heavily traded gas swap contracts. However, the CFTC declined comment on specific anomalous trading patterns identified by its surveillance staff, citing confidentiality concerns.