Category: Legal issues

Shell planning to restart Arctic drilling this year

Shell is planning on spending $1 billion to drill exploratory oil wells in Arctic waters north of Alaska this year — as long as it clears legal and permitting hurdles, said CEO Ben Van Beurden.  More »

BP turns to environmental impact, financial state in oil spill penalty trial

BP will continue to build its case for lower environmental fines Tuesday in the long-running legal fight over how much it should pay for fouling the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.  More »

Spill trial: BP makes its case for lower pollution fines

BP’s fourth and final witness, Robert Cox, a practicing physician and toxicologist at the University of Mississippi Medical School, said he found the oil spill and the efforts to clean it up left no significant adverse human health impacts or threats to public health, based on his analysis of exhaustive state and federal data.  More »

U.S. witness: Spill response removed far less crude than BP expert estimates

A retired Coast Guard official testified Wednesday the massive oil spill response BP managed out of Houston in 2010 fell short of typical efforts to remove crude from the ocean.  More »

Oil spill intensified Gulf inequality amid economic damage, U.S. witness says

Gushing oil in the Gulf of Mexico caused serious and widespread sociocultural destruction in Louisiana and other states and exacerbated inequality in a region marked by economic immobility, the U.S. government’s second witness in BP’s oil spill case said Tuesday.  More »

First U.S. witness gives BP oil spill response high grade

Coast Guard Rear Admiral Meredith Austin noted that BP personnel had inappropriately packed up equipment at various branches of the response effort before the runaway Macando well was finally killed in September.  More »

BP, U.S. attorneys clash in opening statements in oil spill trial

A U.S. prosecutor said in court Tuesday that BP shouldn’t see its environmental fines reduced much from the maximum $13.7 billion just for complying with the law.  More »

BP penalty trial begins in New Orleans

A federal judge on Tuesday will hear arguments from BP and U.S. government attorneys and experts in the long-running civil case over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Canadian drilling services firm files bankruptcy

A Canadian company that expanded into South Texas in 2012 with a pioneering waterless technique to fracture shale rock has filed for bankruptcy protection as it seeks to reorganize.  More »

Anadarko oil spill fines cut by $1.1 billion after ruling

The Woodlands-based oil company had owned 25 percent of the doomed Macondo well and is on the hook for up to $1,100 in fines for every barrel that reached the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.  More »

U.S. judge: BP’s lies about flow rate didn’t hinder Gulf oil spill response

“There is no dispute that BP lied,” about how much oil flowed from the Macondo well during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said, but that didn’t factor in to the effort to stop the blowout.  More »

State Dept. gives agencies 2 weeks to comment on Keystone

Federal agencies have been given a Feb. 2 to provide advice on whether to move forward with the hotly debated Keystone XL pipeline.  More »

TransCanada sued again by Nebraska landowners over Keystone path

Dual complaints were filed Friday against the Calgary-based company in state courts in York and O’Neill, Nebraska, by David Domina, the lawyer whose prior effort to halt construction of the 1,179-mile conduit was defeated by a cadre of judges who ruled his clients hadn’t established their legal right to sue.  More »

Judge rules BP’s Macondo well spilled 3.19 million barrels of oil into Gulf

A federal judge ruled Thursday that BP’s runaway oil well in 2010 spewed 3.19 million barrels of crude in in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Former Petrobras executive held in Brazil corruption probe

Nestor Cervero is the third former Petrobras executive to be detained as part of a probe into allegations of kickbacks, inflated contracts and bribery.  More »
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