NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- I was speaking with Jim Cramer today about Linn Energy (LINE), a holding in his charitable trust as well as a holding in my portfolio. He wanted to respond to what he's seen as unfair criticism of the company, particularly a very negative piece written in last week's Barron's magazine.

One of the major complaints in that article was an accounting device used by Linn, which hedges 100% of its production, of taking options contracts and booking them as an asset in their financial filings.

I agreed with Jim that the accounting practice, while not done by other energy companies of which I am aware, seemed a logical and proper activity considering LINE's structure as a master limited partnership and its use of financial instruments to fully hedge its physical production.

I talk more about Linn Energy and the possible motivations for the selling pressure with Jim in the video above.

At the time of publication the author had no position in any of the stocks mentioned.

This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

Dan Dicker has been a floor trader at the New York Mercantile Exchange with more than 25 years of oil trading experience. He is a licensed commodities trade adviser.

Dan is currently President of MercBloc LLC, a wealth management firm and is the author of "Oil's Endless Bid," published in March of 2011 by John Wiley and Sons.

Dan Dicker has appeared as an energy analyst since 2002 with all the major financial news networks. He has lent his expertise in hundreds of live radio and television broadcasts on CNBC, Bloomberg US and UK and CNNfn.

Dan obtained a bachelor of arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1982.

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