Category: Legal issues

Halliburton manager from Katy sentenced in Gulf spill case

A former Halliburton manager has been sentenced to one year of probation for destroying evidence after BP’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Worry and debate follow Pennsylvania court’s drilling decision

Business advocates consider the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision backing cities’ rights to fight the state’s new gas drilling law a major setback. Environmentalists cheered the decision, saying it strengthens the hand that environmental considerations will play in government decisions.  More »

FBI plan to put agents in Bakken Shale sparks flap

Crime on both sides of the states’ border has spiked as thousands of new workers brings drug traffickers in their wake.  More »

BP can’t stop seafood payments, plaintiffs attorneys say

BP Plc should keep paying more than $2.3 billion to seafood-industry interests as part of a settlement of claims over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while a fraud probe tied to the accord is pending, plaintiffs’ attorneys said.  More »

Prosecutor sought for N. Dakota oil patch drug cases

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem hopes to have the position filled within two months.  More »

Anadarko unit pushes court to slash billions from its liability in Tronox case

Investors boosted Anadarko Petroleum’s market value by $1.4 billion on Tuesday, a day after the company’s Kerr-McGee unit pushed back on a federal court’s ruling that it owes up to $14 billion in environmental and tort liabilities.  More »

Biofuels scam allegations against company widen to fraud

A company whose president was indicted last fall in an alleged biofuels scam prosecutors say cost the government and investors more than $100 million now faces a separate investigation by federal environmental regulators.  More »

Court upholds 2012 oil spill settlement

A federal appeals court has upheld a judge’s approval of a multibillion-dollar settlement between BP PLC and lawyers for Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim the company’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill cost them money.  More »

Houston company appeals big fine in N. Dakota

Stallion Oilfield Services was fined $2.6 million for allegedly operating illegal temporary housing.  More »

Pennsylvania lawyers ask court to rethink gas drilling case

Lawyers for two state agencies on Thursday asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to reconsider its decision last month that struck down key components of a state law that regulates natural gas drilling.  More »

Energy lawyer leaves firm he co-founded

By Mark Curriden The Texas Lawbook Prominent Houston energy lawyer Donald Looper and the law firm he co-founded 28 years ago, Looper Reed & McGraw, announced this week they are parting ways. Looper Reed Managing Partner J. Cary Gray said in a written statement said that Looper left the firm on Tuesday over “managerial differences” […]  More »

Russia grants Greenpeace activist amnesty

One of the Greenpeace activists detained in Russia’s Arctic has been granted amnesty, the environmental group said Tuesday.  More »