(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Oil companies lose trans-Alaska pipeline case

The ruling states that the project to update four pump stations and control systems along the 800-mile line, known as Strategic Reconfigurations, was “imprudently” managed.
In this April 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Federal judge grants trial delay in BP oil spill fraud case

The Sun Herald reports U.S. District Court Judge Louis Guirola Jr. found the evidence so voluminous that attorneys would need more time to prepare their defenses.
Southwestern Energy Co.'s corporate headquarters near The Woodlands. (Southwestern Energy)

Houston company among oil firms sued by Arkansas royalty owners

Claims against the companies include fraud, violation of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and civil conspiracy.
Plaquemines Parish coastal zone director P.J. Hahn walks through oiled marsh grass in Bay Jimmy near the Louisiana coast on Oct. 14, 2010. (AP file photo/Patrick Semansky)

Louisiana parish drops suits against oil and gas companies

The Plaquemines Parish council voted to dismiss 21 suits it had pending against 68 oil companies, officials and a lawyer said.
A crew cleans oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, Calif.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Rhode Island pension system sues BP, Plains All American over oil spills

In May, a corroded pipeline owned by Plains All American released crude near Santa Barbara, California.
California Gov. Jerry Brown (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Oil and gas regulator lodged complaint over work for Gov. Brown

State law prohibits elected officials from using state resources for personal purposes.
In this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 photo, Carolyn Reilly, right, and Susan Worrell with her dog Radar talk outside the Franklin County Board of Supervisors meeting in Rocky Mount, Va. Carolyn and her husband Ian Reily left Florida and moved to Virginia in 2010 to farm a 58 acres. Then a year ago, they learned a natural gas pipeline would slice through their farm and their lives took another turn - to activism against the plan. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Keystone off the table, but back East, pipeline fight builds

From New England to North Carolina, scattered insurgencies have formed in opposition to a spider web of pipelines up and down the Eastern Seaboard as the nation’s energy industry seeks to move pent-up natural gas supplies.

Commentary: Success of nuisance suits against Texas oil and gas companies in limbo

Marathon Oil EF, LLC, and Plains Exploration & Production Co. recently prevailed against landowners who claimed harm to their health and property from surrounding oil and gas operations in the Eagle Ford shale.
Kurt Mix (center) arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.  (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Ex-BP engineer says he was ‘scapegoat’

On Sunday, Kurt Mix wrote in a first-person commentary posted on the Wall Street Journal website that was an oil spill scapegoat.
Kurt Mix arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans in December 2013. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Ex-BP engineer pleads guilty in Gulf oil spill probe

Prosecutors suggested no prison time for Mix, and a judge sentenced him to six months of probation.