Category: Legal issues

Dallas pipeline giant sues landowners over Michigan pipeline

ET Rover said the lawsuits are a reluctant action taken by the company so crews can conduct civil and environmental surveys. The filings cite Michigan law allowing surveyors and those supervised by surveyors to enter onto property for the purpose of a survey.  More »

Noble Energy doubles down in Falkland Islands

The Houston-based oil company announced Monday that it has scooped up additional acres offshore the Falkland Islands and plans to start drilling there this year despite opposition from Argentina’s government.  More »

Shell wins restraining order against Greenpeace

WASHINGTON — Hours after stormy weather forced Greenpeace activists to climb off an Arctic drilling rig in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Shell won a temporary restraining order blocking the group from similar protests. The ruling, by U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason, bars Greenpeace and its activists from boarding, barricading or interfering with the […]  More »

Houston oil company among five caught in legal battle over new U.K.-Argentina Falkland Islands fight

Argentina filed criminal charges Thursday at the general prosecutor’s office in Buenos Aires against five U.K. and U.S. oil companies.  More »

Shell files lawsuit against Arctic drilling protesters

The complaint, lodged in a federal district court in Alaska, comes one day after the activists climbed aboard Shell’s contracted Polar Pioneer drillship while it is traveling across the Pacific Ocean toward the United States.  More »

A pipeline developer is suing 103 West Virginia property owners to get access to their lands

Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC’s lawsuit seeks access to the properties to conduct a survey for a possible pipeline route.  More »

Engineer of oil tanker train sues BNSF for Casselton crash

The accident about 30 miles west of Fargo happened when a train carrying soybeans derailed in front of a BNSF oil train, causing that train to also derail and set off a fire that could be seen from nearly 10 miles away.  More »

Petrobras investors claim PwC ignored red flags of fraud

Petrobras and its senior executives violated provisions of U.S. and Brazilian corporate law, according to a complaint in Manhattan federal court.  More »

A Houston oil company’s foiled Venezuelan sale is prompting reorganization talk

The company’s stock was down slightly less than a cent in trading Monday — 0.008 or 1.67 percent — to $0.448.  More »

BP says paying a fraction of oil spill bill could put its U.S. unit in trouble

Fines for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster could reach as high as $13.7 billion against BP.  More »

DOJ: Schlumberger violated Iran sanctions, will pay $232 million fine

The deal marks the end of a six-year federal probe into the company’s activities in two Middle Eastern countries, which found the U.S.-based subsidiary “took steps to disguise” its overseas dealings for several years.  More »

Duke Energy to appeal $25.1M fine by NC regulators

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources previously called the penalty the state’s largest for environmental damages.  More »

Ex-W.Va. coal boss pleads not guilty in mine safety case

Blankenship entered his plea on Tuesday at an arraignment hearing in U.S. District Court in Beckley.  More »

Northeast gas pipeline progresses, to some landowner dismay

Of 651 landowners in New York and Pennsylvania affected by the $700 million pipeline project, 125 refused to sign right of way agreements.  More »

Cheniere settles investor suits over nearly $2 billion in pay

Cheniere CEO Charif Souki’s take home in 2011 climbed to $142 million, the highest amount for any U.S. public-company chief executive  More »
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