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BP tried to manipulate gas market, alleges trader

The Guardian -- Former employee claims Houston office dismissed him unfairly and was trying to bully the natural gas liquids market

BP faces new embarrassment in America with a court case brought by one of its former traders, who claims the company was trying to manipulate the natural gas liquids market. Drew Sickinger, who joined BP's Houston office in 2009, says the company "created a pretext" for disciplining him late last year and then unfairly dismissing him.

Filed this week in a Texan court, a lawsuit for breach of contract includes allegations that BP was trying to rig the markets "by establishing a dominant and controlling position". The court papers do not explain the basis for the rigging claims, which were immediately denied by BP. But the case is highly unwelcome for an oil company fined $30


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 11:01:04 PM

Chris: doubtful. BP is already having to pay a ton of money. Not likely they will be paying a lot more than they have, so cases will be harder to win for a plaintiff.
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Chris46
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 9:08:01 PM

Yet anyone can claim anything about a company. A disgruntled worker perhaps?
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 4:54:06 AM

wait... BP not playing by the rules? Hmmm... and that suprises anyone?!
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:57:14 AM

Not surprised.
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 7:28:30 PM

Unreal.
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Bas~tards...
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:42:20 PM

What else is new.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:35:46 PM

They think they are above the law.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:18:00 PM

BP wants all the Money.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:15:39 PM

uff
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Bush again.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:13:37 PM

Big Oil manipulate? LOL
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:12:48 PM

How else can BP recoup their loses in the Gulf?
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Gosh...
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:11:47 PM

Hmm.
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really
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:09:29 PM

probably true?
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Must be a first.
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Astonishing - not.
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No They wouldn't do that.
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doubt it
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Greed strikes again.
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Bad.
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Nooooo....really??? I can't believe it.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:59:59 PM

Greed much...?
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:59:52 PM

Unhappy ex-employee with a grudge, or a good guy who kept quiet while he was getting paid? Wish he had had the backbone to report while he was still working there.
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Um, uh, oh, it's all Bush's fault!!
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Run them out of town.
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crucify them.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:57:48 PM

Not surprised.
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Awaiting the outcome.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:52:08 PM

Whistle blowers pay a price. They know it beforehand, yet they feel it is so important they are willing to pay the price.

Rigging markets needs to be exposed.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:51:44 PM

Please explain how the Obama administration is friends with BP, @5Golfer8.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:51:42 PM

Glad I don't any stock in BP, or any major media companies either. War of words, expensive too.
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There are always so bad people arouind.
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If Jim Carrey wants to do another "Liar Liar" movie, he should play an oil company spokesman.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:49:13 PM

surprise surprise bp at it again
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:47:08 PM

Will be interesting to see what the facts are..
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:45:47 PM

Why not?
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:44:35 PM

No way
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:44:24 PM

Go figure
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:43:51 PM

Could be another example of the greedy, rapacious behaviors of BP management that have been previously exposed.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:43:40 PM

more oil and gas produced than before but higher prices.
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Meh . . .
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:37:34 PM

I don't doubt that, but I don't think they are the only one. I read of some energy companies trying to capture contracts with other countries to export LNG to them. I got this notice in an e-mail yesterday from an Energy promoter. It will put more money in the pockets of Big Energy, establish a world price for liquified natural gas exports, and we will pay world demand prices here at home. Just like management by OPEC isn't it?

"Thanks to booming natural gas production, the U.S. has an historic opportunity to begin supplying the world with liquefied natural gas.

Unfortunately, red tape is standing in the way of letting this happen. The Administration is asking for comments to decide whether they will allow LNG exports and create new demand for U.S. natural gas. This will lead to more production and more jobs across the nation."
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:33:18 PM

right
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I'm shocked, shocked I tell you!
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Not a surprise here. Doubt anything will happen
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:31:30 PM

surprise
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:30:16 PM

Crooks will be crooks especially when their Obama's buddies why else would they get away with the damage they caused in the gulf.

[Edited by: 5Golfer8 at 2/2/2013 11:31:22 PM EST]
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