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The rule, which is set to go into effect Wednesday, also is the subject of lawsuits filed earlier this month, including a joint suit by the states of Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota, as well as another filed by the Western Energy Alliance and Independent Petroleum Producers on behalf of 46 trade associations and royalty-owners groups.
The painstaking task at Refugio State Beach marks a new front in the cleanup after an underground pipeline leaked last month.
Yukos, once Russia’s top oil producer, was dismantled amid billions of dollars of back-tax claims that former owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky called a response to his political activities.
A frustrated U.S. District Judge Richard Leon called the delay “troubling” and a “nightmare” during a recent court hearing.
A state department says methane was detected in private water supplies and a stream following drilling and hydraulic fracturing at a Lycoming County site in 2011. It cited the company in 2013 and again in May for failing to repair the well and devise a remediation plan.
The sentence came a day after he pleaded guilty in federal court in Camden, New Jersey, to conspiring to bribe an official at Colombia’s state-controlled oil company, Ecopetrol SA.
Sabine is just the latest U.S. oil producer to show signs of financial stress in the oil market crash. Oil producers Quicksilver Resources, Dune Energy, BPZ Resources and American Eagle Energy have all filed for bankruptcy protection this year.
Chesapeake Energy is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit that alleges it took oil and gas from a property without a lease agreement with the owners.
Encana Corp. has sued WPX Energy, saying WPX knowingly drilled a well that passed horizontally through Encana’s mineral estate in the Parachute Creek area without getting Encana’s permission.