Category: Legal issues

Texas farmer sues US Army Corps of Engineers over Keystone

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to hold required public hearings before illegally granting permits that let TransCanada Corp. begin installing its Keystone XL pipeline in Texas and Oklahoma, a Texas farmer claimed in a federal court lawsuit.  More »

Bill to lower oil severance taxes signed into law

Legislation to lower the Mississippi severance tax on hydraulically fractured oil wells from 6 percent to 1.25 percent for first 30 months of well production has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant.  More »

Gulf oil spill judge poses questions on gross negligence issue

The federal judge who must decide whether BP and its partners committed gross negligence in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is offering some clues as to how he will formulate his decision.  More »

What is the likelihood that the Supreme Court will take review of EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations?

On Friday, Texas lead a group of states in asking the Supreme Court to hear (and overrule) the DC Circuit case of last year upholding EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gases from stationary sources. A group of industry representatives have joined in asking for Supreme Court review. Given the DC case and Texas’s petition for certiorari, […]  More »

Anadarko seeks dismissal of investor suit over Gulf spill

Anadarko Petroleum Corp., a partner in the BP Plc (BP/) well that was the source of the largest U.S. offshore spill, is set to ask a federal judge in Texas to throw out a lawsuit claiming the company misled investors over the project’s risks before and after the blowout.  More »

Harvard report slams fracturing chemical website

A new Harvard report sharply criticizes the industry-backed website FracFocus, where hydraulic fracturing companies voluntarily disclose fracking chemicals they use in oil and natural gas production.  More »

Florida becomes 4th state to sue BP over oil spill

The state of Florida filed a lawsuit Saturday against oil company BP and cement contractor Halliburton over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, becoming the fourth state to seek damages for the 2010 disaster.  More »

Keystone challenge rejected by Texas Supreme Court

TransCanada Corp.’s power to condemn land as a common carrier won’t be reviewed by the Texas Supreme Court in one of four state-court challenges against the Keystone XL pipeline, which will carry Canadian tar-sands oil to the Texas coast  More »

Galveston Park Board OKs BP lawsuit

Citing lost tourism revenues, the Galveston Park Board of Trustees voted Friday to pursue a lawsuit against BP stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.  More »

BP still uncertain over spill cost at third anniversary

BP Plc (BP/) faces the third anniversary of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico tomorrow with no sure knowledge of how much more it will have to pay government and private plaintiffs over the disaster.  More »

Environmentalists appeal decision in fracking suit

A coalition of environmental and landowner groups is appealing a district judge’s decision that individual ingredients used in hydraulic fracturing can be protected under Wyoming’s trade secrets law.  More »

Gulf spill judge says ruling could take months

The first phase of the civil trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill ended Wednesday after eight weeks of testimony.  More »