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Halliburton reaches $1.1 billion Gulf spill settlement

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Halliburton said Tuesday it reached a $1.1 billion settlement with a majority of plaintiffs who sued the Houston oil field service company in the wake of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Hilcorp drops bid to force drilling on holdouts

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The Houston-based company had sought to use a 1961 Pennsylvania law to drill under the property of a few holdout landowners in New Bedford, near the Ohio border north of Pittsburgh.
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Green Dragon Gas settles with ConocoPhillips for $40 million

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Green Dragon Gas Ltd., a Chinese producer of coal-bed methane gas, has agreed to pay ConocoPhillips a $40 million arbitration settlement to end a contract dispute.
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Plaintiffs likely to appeal ruling in BP Atlantis case, lawyer says

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An attorney for plaintiffs who sued BP for $256 billion said Thursday he expects to appeal a federal judge’s decision to throw out a lawsuit over alleged safety compliance issues at one of BP’s deep-water production platforms.
The United Kalavryta, shown in the Gulf in late July, about 60 miles off Galveston's coast. (Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard)

Tanker reappears on tracking system, and it’s still in the area

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A tanker of oil at the center of a dispute between Kurdistan and Iraq apparently is still in Galveston-area waters despite two days of absence from maritime tracking systems.
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Glenn Legge, a partner at Houston law firm Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown, specializes in commercial litigation areas including energy and insurance coverage.

Cyberattacks on energy companies create new insurance needs

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A Houston litigator whose specialties include insurance issues says cyberattacks are presenting energy companies with new insurance needs.
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Exxon Mobil to pay civil penalty for 2012 oil spill

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The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday the company will pay the penalty to resolve the government’s claim.
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Guest commentary: Eight steps to plug cybersecurity holes

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Since governmental guidelines and voluntary practices of today can quickly turn into the requirements of tomorrow, the oil and gas pipeline industry can prepare now.
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Judge tosses suit claiming BP misled regulators about Gulf platform

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Plaintiffs who brought a $256 billion lawsuit against BP have “no facts” to back up their claim the company misled regulators about the safety of a deep-water production platform, a federal judge has ruled.
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Kansas town loses bid for new trial over BP pollution suit

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The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday rejected the request from residents and officials of Neodesha, who sued in 2004 for more than $478 million in cleanup costs plus damages.