Category: Legal issues

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 »

Regulator refunds utility’s fine for pipeline explosion

California regulators have refunded $375,000 to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. over concerns the fine payment could jeopardize a potentially larger penalty against the utility for the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion, a newspaper reported.  More »

Hyundai, Kia to pay millions in fuel settlement

Hyundai and its sister company Kia said Monday that they will pay up to $395 million to consumers as part of a proposed settlement over overstated gas mileage.  More »

Top officials leave BP oil spill claims office

BP’s latest full-page newspaper ad suggests the departure of two senior officials who administered payments to victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is evidence of “mounting problems” at the settlement program.  More »

Occidental agrees to pay former CEO $14M to settle termination

Occidental Petroleum Corp., the largest oil producer in the contiguous U.S., agreed to pay former Chairman Ray Irani $14 million as part of a settlement for his separation from the company.  More »

Company won’t be fined for pipeline without permit

A company that operated a natural gas pipeline for more than two years without a permit will not be fined by the state Public Service Commission.  More »

Pennsylvania court sides with towns in gas drilling fight

The state Supreme Court ruled the industry-friendly rules violated the state constitution.  More »

Chesapeake Energy agrees to settle W.Va. case

A Chesapeake Energy subsidiary has agreed to nearly $10 million in fines and restoration work to settle federal allegations over unauthorized discharges of fill material at more than two dozen natural gas extraction sites in West Virginia.  More »

Putin to pardon Khodorkovsky after decade in jail

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the jailed former owner of Yukos Oil Co., will receive a pardon, ending a case that symbolized the lack of rule of law in Russia since President Vladimir Putin came to power more than a decade ago.  More »

Railroad involved in fatal Quebec explosion to be auctioned

As the first trains rolled into a Quebec town devastated by a derailment and fire that killed 47 people, a federal bankruptcy judge approved bidding procedures Wednesday for the auction of the Maine-based railroad that owned the train.  More »