The subpoenas reflect the regulators’ interest in determining whether companies are overstating how their gas wells perform and how much gas these companies can profitably extract over the long term.
It is not clear how many subpoenas were sent. John Nester, a spokesman for the commission, declined to comment.
“The use of subpoenas makes clear that the S.E.C. is taking a formal, not a casual, look at the matter,” said a market research report on Thursday by Robert W. Baird & Co., an international financial services firm. The report also noted that subpoenas do not mean that the commission intends to take action against any particular company, and that estimating reserves is not an exact science.Read Morehttp://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/30/us/30gas.html?_r=4&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha23