Category: Legal issues

Chesapeake Energy agrees to settle W.Va. case

A Chesapeake Energy subsidiary has agreed to nearly $10 million in fines and restoration work to settle federal allegations over unauthorized discharges of fill material at more than two dozen natural gas extraction sites in West Virginia.  More »

Putin to pardon Khodorkovsky after decade in jail

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the jailed former owner of Yukos Oil Co., will receive a pardon, ending a case that symbolized the lack of rule of law in Russia since President Vladimir Putin came to power more than a decade ago.  More »

Railroad involved in fatal Quebec explosion to be auctioned

As the first trains rolled into a Quebec town devastated by a derailment and fire that killed 47 people, a federal bankruptcy judge approved bidding procedures Wednesday for the auction of the Maine-based railroad that owned the train.  More »

GUILTY: Ex-BP engineer convicted of destroying evidence after Gulf oil spill

A former BP drilling engineer was convicted Wednesday of one charge that he deleted text messages from his cellphone to obstruct a federal investigation of the company’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He was acquitted of a second charge.  More »

Jury at a standstill in ex-BP engineer’s trial

A federal jury has told a judge that they are having difficulty reaching a verdict in the trial of a former BP engineer charged with trying to obstruct a probe of the company’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Guest commentary: BP engineer’s trial shows worst outcome of failure to preserve evidence

The first criminal trial stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is about to conclude in the government’s obstruction case against former BP engineer Kurt Mix. With the jury set to decide Mix’ fate, his case is providing important lessons for all corporations.  More »

BP asks court to suspend seafood payments for fraud probe

BP Plc asked a U.S. judge to stop payments in the $2.3 billion seafood-industry portion of its settlement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, pending an investigation of a fraud claim against a plaintiffs’ attorney.  More »

Court won’t take Gulf spill moratorium case

The Supreme Court won’t decide if the Obama administration violated a judge’s order that struck down its temporary moratorium on deep water drilling after BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Jury deliberates in ex-BP engineer’s trial

federal jury is weighing the Justice Department’s case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting texts messages to obstruct a probe of the company’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Prosecutor: Former BP engineer destroyed Gulf spill evidence

A former BP Plc engineer deliberately destroyed evidence sought by the U.S. for a probe of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico well explosion and oil spill, a federal prosecutor said at the end of a trial in New Orleans.  More »

Anadarko shares tumble after $14B judgment

A federal bankruptcy judge’s ruling that Anadarko Petroleum Corp. may have to pay up to $14 billion in liabilities shocked Wall Street on Friday. Investors have erased nearly $4 billion from the company’s market capitalization Friday.  More »

Former gas drilling exec charged in $9.2M scam

A former Pennsylvania gas drilling company executive has been charged with stealing $9.2 million from his company.  More »

Judge holds Anadarko’s Kerr-McGee liable

The company may have to pay as much as $14 billion related to environmental cleanup and health claims.  More »

Ex-BP engineer isn’t expected to testify at trial

A former BP drilling engineer isn’t expected to testify at his trial on charges he deleted text messages about the company’s response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Texas proposes to take over GHG permitting under Clean Air Act PSD program

Last week the TCEQ issued a proposed rule to allow it to regulate greenhouse gas sources under the Clean Air Act’s Prevention of Significant Deterioration Program.  No surprise here.  Texas business asked the state legislature to “authorize” the TCEQ to do this because it is more streamlined to have one permitting authority, and because of […]  More »