Category: Legal issues

BP mounts heavy media campaign as judge weighs spill case

BP’s unrelenting attacks against how the Gulf oil spill civil settlement it agreed to is being handled aims to win over the public, but the strategy risks antagonizing a key constituent who is following every word — the federal judge overseeing the case.  More »

Denbury pays big fine for 2011 oil well blowout

Denbury Resources’ oil fields have seen a series of uncontrolled carbon dioxide blowouts and one of the biggest resulted in Denbury agreeing to pay a large fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.  More »

Halliburton to plead guilty to destroying evidence in Gulf spill case

The Justice Department said Thursday that oil field services firm Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Halliburton also contacted in antitrust probe of fracturing

The company gave no details about the information requested by the government.  More »

Governor: Lawsuit against oil companies is a ‘trial lawyer windfall’

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East has filed a lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.  More »

Baker Hughes says feds have opened antitrust probe of fracturing

The company received a Civil Investigative Demand from the Justice Department.  More »

Halliburton: Gulf spill settlement talks have ‘slowed’

Oil field services firm Halliburton said Monday its settlement talks with victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill have “recently slowed” and it is unclear if a deal will ultimately be reached.  More »

EPA, XTO Energy reach Pa. gas drilling settlement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with XTO Energy over alleged violations of the Clean Water Act stemming from a spill of gas drilling wastewater in central Pennsylvania.  More »

BP chief: Oil spill settlement has been ‘hijacked’

BP CEO Bob Dudley says the company’s settlement agreement with victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been hijacked and turned into a caricature by the administrator overseeing the settlement payouts.  More »

Phillips 66 pays $17K for Montana water violations

Phillips 66 has paid $17,075 to resolve pollution violations involving wastewater from the company’s Billings refinery.  More »

Calif. seeks record fine in pipeline explosion

California regulators on Tuesday called on Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to pay at least $300 million in fines in connection with a deadly 2010 gas pipeline blast in what they said would amount to the largest fine ever levied by the state Public Utilities Commission.  More »

Barclays pledges to fight US energy fine

Barclays has vowed to fight a fine by U.S. regulators, who allege the bank manipulated the electricity prices in California and other western states to make money off of trades.  More »