Tensions between Commissioner Curt Hebert Jr. and some fellowcommissioners, which have been rumored to be running high over thepast months, boiled over in the public meeting last week when thecombative regulator publicly labeled as “disingenu[ous] andintellectually dishonest” the majority’s decision in ahydroelectric dam decommissioning case.
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Wednesday’s last-day plunge in June futures had cash sellersrunning scared, sources said. However, basis differentials did notappear to be changing much if any, a Gulf Coast producer said, sobidweek deals done prior to Wednesday afternoon will tend to beanywhere from 6 to 10 cents above the current market. He was makingsales Wednesday at $2.00-02 for Henry Hub and $1.99-2.00 forColumbia Gulf-onshore.
The April aftermarket got off to a running start with swingdeals being done Tuesday often 2-3 cents above bidweek averages,with a few points even stronger than that. Sources were virtuallyunanimous in attributing the cash strength to a further run-up onthe futures screen. In fact, traders were buzzing all day about thedizzying heights being hit by the May contract, often withquestions like, “What the heck is driving this thing?”