Category: Legal issues

Oil and gas ban spurs lawsuit in New Mexico county

A decision by one northern New Mexico county to prohibit oil and natural gas development has prompted a statewide industry group and three landowners to challenge the ban in federal court.  More »

Jury returns $20.2M verdict in pipe welder’s death

A Harris County jury handed down a $20.2 million verdict against a company it found negligence in a deadly blast at its Channelview plant in 2012.  More »

Guest Commentary: New wells, old lease

Deep-formation drillers buying up rights in the Eagle Ford shale area, the Permian Basin and elsewhere need to legally protect themselves from contract-ending lease inactivity if they have to wait for the equipment and personnel to be gathered to do their work.  More »

Crude traders sticking with Brent amid manipulation claims

Four energy traders claim in a lawsuit that some of the world’s biggest oil companies conspired with Morgan Stanley and energy traders such as Vitol Group to fix spot prices for Brent for more than a decade.  More »

Oil industry may invoke trade law to challenge export restrictions

The U.S. oil industry, riding a domestic energy boom, is preparing to challenge restrictions on crude exports, possibly by arguing that limits designed to keep petroleum in America may violate international trade rules.  More »

Southern Union must pay for RI environmental projects

U.S. District Judge Williams Smith was forced to resentence Southern Union Co. after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down his original penalty of $18 million.  More »

Ecuador lawsuit backer tells Chevron judge he advised settling

A lawyer who helped fund pollution litigation in Ecuador against Chevron Corp. that resulted in a $19 billion judgment told a New York judge he became concerned about how the case was being handled and recommended plaintiffs settle.  More »

Court hears arguments on BP oil spill settlement

A federal appeals court heard dueling arguments Monday on whether a judge should have approved BP’s multibillion-dollar settlement for compensating victims of its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

More mineral owners seek to join gas lawsuits

Lawyers say dozens of western North Dakota mineral owners have expressed interest in joining lawsuits seeking damages from oil drilling companies for natural gas that is lost when it is burned instead of being captured as a byproduct of oil production.  More »

Appeals court to review approval of BP settlement

Plaintiffs’ attorneys who brokered the deal want the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the class-action settlement.  More »

Ecuador judge says he exaggerated bribery claims to Chevron

A former Ecuadorean judge who testified he and a colleague received bribes from plaintiffs who won a $19 billion pollution judgment against Chevron Corp. told a U.S. court he initially exaggerated those claims.  More »

Ecuador judge testifies to taking bribes in Chevron suit

A former Ecuadorean judge who presided over a pollution case against Chevron Corp. testified that he and a colleague who issued a $19 billion judgment against the company in the environmental lawsuit were bribed.  More »

Melting Arctic easing access to fossil fuels

More direct northern sea routes may be opening up in the Arctic, as the melting of the ice has made previously unnavigable routes a growing possibility for large ships, including tankers carrying oil and gas, an expert said Wednesday at the Third Houston Shipping and Offshore Conference.  More »

Judge ends delay in Arkansas oil spill suit

A judge has granted federal prosecutors’ request to end a delay in a lawsuit over the ExxonMobil oil spill in central Arkansas.  More »

Dutch want tribunal to make Russia free Arctic drilling protesters

The Netherlands asked an international tribunal Monday to order Russia to release a Greenpeace protest ship and the activists who were on board.  More »