Category: Legal issues

Judge approves $5.15 billion Anadarko environmental settlement

The settlement is the largest environmental enforcement payment in U.S. history.  More »

In Denton fracking ban, scenes from the campus campaign

In the post-campaign campaign, opponents of the Denton hydraulic fracturing ban say the results were tilted by college students who have no permanent stake in the city. Here are scenes from the electioneering on campus at the University of North Texas, taken by a student. .  More »

Judge denies BP request to oust oil spill claims boss

A federal judge on Monday refused to oust the claims administrator in charge of dispensing BP’s oil spill settlement money to Gulf Coast claimants, despite BP’s criticisms in recent months.  More »

Continental CEO Hamm to pay nearly $1B divorce settlement

Sue Ann Hamm has already received $25 million since the case was filed in 2012.  More »

Court reaffirms BP is liable in Gulf oil spill

BP is facing $18 billion in penalties stemming from the 2010 oil spill.  More »

Investors lose bid to stop vote on Kinder Morgan deal

A Delaware state judge denied a request by investors to delay a shareholder vote on Kinder Morgan’s $44 billion deal to fuse all of its companies.  More »

Swiss prosecutors contact oil traders in Nigeria fuel scam probe

Fraudulent payments related to subsidized fuel imports are estimated to cost the continent’s biggest economy as much as $7 billion a year.  More »

After fracking ban, a long fight ahead

The Texas Oil and Gas Association filed its challenge in federal court on Wednesday morning, arguing that the city has no right to override state policy favoring subterranean mineral extraction.  More »

Denton voters pass fracking ban

The vote made Denton, which sits atop a large natural gas reserve, the first city in Texas to pass such a ban. It sets up a legal showdown between the city and industry groups that have warned the ban could be followed by lawsuits and a severe hit to Denton’s economy.  More »

Cheniere’s tentative settlement could restrict stock grants through 2017

Cheniere Energy has reached a pre-settlement pact with investors that will put restraints on pay after CEO Charif Souki’s $142 million annual takehome had outpaced every other U.S. CEO’s last year.  More »

Plaintiffs accuse Exxon of stifling Arkansas oil spill case

In 2013, the Pegasus pipeline ruptured in central Arkansas, spilling thousands of gallons of oil in a Mayflower neighborhood.  More »

Layne Christensen to pay SEC $5.13M over bribery allegations

The Securities and Exchange Commission alleged the Woodlands-based company had spent nearly $800,000 to pay off foreign government officials in Mali, Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  More »

Blackfeet urge government to cancel energy leases

Blackfoot tribal leaders from Canada and Montana are calling on the U.S. government to cancel oil and gas leases on sacred land near Glacier National Park, as a lawsuit works its way through the federal courts.  More »

Key testimony in BP oil spill ruling wasn’t excluded, DOJ says

That evidence played prominently in the judge’s finding that BP, owner of the Macondo well, was grossly negligent, a ruling that raises the stakes for the oil major  More »

Hunt’s death revives memory of fortune lost on silver bet

To Nelson Bunker Hunt, the world was full of enemies.  More »
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