Category: Legal issues

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 »

Charges allege man dumped gas drilling waste

Federal prosecutors have charged a man with illegally dumping gas drilling waste into a tributary of the Chagrin River in northeast Ohio.  More »

Mineral owners’ lawsuits seek damages for burned, wasted gas

North Dakota mineral owners filed 10 lawsuits Wednesday 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 »

Chevron lawyer takes stand in trial over Ecuador verdict

In a trial that launched Tuesday, Chevron told a Manhattan federal judge that it will prove that it’s a victim rather than the villain in a legal drama over the environmental devastation.  More »

Ex-Halliburton manager pleads guilty

A former Halliburton manager pleaded guilty Tuesday to destroying evidence in the aftermath of the deadly rig explosion that spawned BP’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Diary of the legal drama in lawsuit against Chevron

In April 2007, New York lawyer Steven Donziger flew to Ecuador convinced he was on the brink of victory against a formidable foe — Chevron Corp. On Tuesday, he’ll go on trial in New York, accused by Chevron of masterminding a massive judicial fraud.  More »
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