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Civil Penalty Actions – 2009


Subject of investigation and ORDER and DATE Total payment
Civil Penalty,
Disgorgement,
Other
Explanation of payments (civil penalty under the NGA, FPA, or NGPA; DISGORGEMENT OF PROFITS; other PAYMENTS) and compliance plans
Florida Blackout, 129 FERC ¶ 61,016 (October 8, 2009) $25,000,000 Civil Penalty Civil penalty resulting from violations of Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk Power System Order No. 693, FERC Stats & Regs ¶ 31,342 (2007).
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., 128 FERC 61,269 (September 21, 2009) $5,000,000 Civil Penalty
$25,000,000 Disgorgement
Civil penalty resulting from violations of market behavior rule 18 C.F.R. 284.403(a) (2005).
Enserco Energy, Inc., 128 FERC 61,173 (August 24, 2009) $1,400,000 Civil Penalty Civil penalty resulting from violations of the Commission's open access transportation program, including, improper release and acquisition of discounted rate capacity through flipping transactions, and violations of the shipper-must-have-title requirement.
In re Amaranth Advisors., et al 128 FERC 61,154 (July 8, 2009) $7,500,000 Civil Penalty Civil penalty resulting from violations of 18 C.F.R. 1C.1 (Natural Gas Anti-Market Manipulation Rule).
In re Southern Company Services, Inc., 128 FERC 61,013 (July 8, 2009) $350,000 Civil Penalty Civil penalty and compliance reporting resulting from violations of buy-sell transactions and shipper-must-have-title requirements.
In re Wasatch Oil & Corp. and Wasatch Energy LLC, 127 FERC 61,322 (June 30, 2009) $320,000 Civil Penalty Civil penalty and compliance reporting resulting from violations of 284.8(h) posting and bidding requirements, improper release and acquisition of discounted rate capacity through flipping transactions.
In re ProLiance Energy, LLC, 127 FERC 61,321 (June 30, 2009) $3,000,000 Civil Penalty $195,959.44 Disgorgement Civil penalty and compliance reporting resulting from violations of 284.8(h) posting and bidding requirements, improper release and acquisition of discounted rate capacity through flipping transactions, violations of shipper-must-have-title requirements and violations of buy-sell transaction rules
In re Sequent Energy Management, L.P. and Sequent Energy Marketing, L.P., 127 FERC 61,320 (June 30, 2009) $5,000,000 Civil Penalty $53,728.18 Disgorgement Civil penalty and compliance reporting resulting from violations of 284.8(h) posting and bidding requirements, improper release and acquisition of discounted rate capacity through flipping transactions, violations of shipper-must-have-title requirements and violations of buy-sell transaction rules.
In re Piedmont Natural Gas Co. Inc., 127 FERC ¶ 61,319 (June 30, 2009) $1,250,000 Civil Penalty Civil penalty and compliance reporting resulting from violations of 284.8(h) posting and bidding requirements, improper release and acquisition of discounted rate capacity through flipping transactions.
In re Puget Sound Energy, 127 FERC 61,070 (April 22, 2009) $800,000 Civil Penalty Civil penalty and compliance reporting resulting from violations of 18 C.F.R. 284.8(h) posting and bidding requirements, improper release and acquisition of discounted rate capacity through flipping transactions and self-reported violations of shipper-must-have-title requirements.
In re Anadarko Petroleum Corp., 127 FERC 61,069 (April 22, 2009) $1,100,000 Civil Penalty $232,423.40 Disgorgement Civil penalty, disgorgement and compliance reporting resulting from violations of 18 C.F.R. 284.8(h) posting and bidding requirements, improper release and acquisition of discounted rate capacity through flipping transactions.
In re Louisville Gas and Electric Co., 127 FERC 61,068 (April 22, 2009) $350,000 Civil Penalty Civil penalty and compliance reporting resulting from violations of 18 C.F.R. 284.8(h) posting and bidding requirements, improper release and acquisition of discounted rate capacity through flipping transactions.
In re Jefferson Energy Trading, LLC, Wizco, Inc., Golden Stone Resources, LLC, 126 FERC 61,040 (January 15, 2009) $585,000 Civil Penalty Civil penalty and compliance reporting resulting from violations of 18 C.F.R. § 1c.1, in connection with an attempt to engage in multiple affiliate bidding to impair the pro rata allocations in an auction.
In re Klabzuba Oil & Gas, F.L.P., 126 FERC 61,040 (January 15, 2009) $300,000 Civil Penalty Civil penalty and compliance reporting resulting from violations of 18 C.F.R. § 1c.1, in connection with an attempt to engage in multiple affiliate bidding to impair the pro rata allocations in an auction.
In re ONEOK, Inc., 126 FERC 61,040 (January 15, 2009) $4,500,000 Civil Penalty
$1,914,945 Disgorgement
Civil penalty, disgorgement and compliance monitoring resulting from violations of 18 C.F.R. § 1c.1, in connection with the submission of multiple affiliate bids to impair the pro rata allocation mechanism in an auction.  Also violations of shipper-must-have-title requirements and open access transportation requirements.
In re Tenaska Marketing Ventures, 126 FERC 61,040 (January 15, 2009) $3,000,000 Civil Penalty
$1,972,842 Disgorgement
Civil penalty, disgorgement and compliance monitoring resulting from violations of 18 C.F.R. § 1c.1, in connection with the submission of multiple affiliate bids to impair the pro rata allocation mechanism in an auction.  


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Updated: October 12, 2011