The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010, the day after the blowout of BP's Macondo well. (Associate Press photo)

Date set for BP investors’ trial over spill losses

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BP Plc investors claiming as much as $2.5 billion in market losses caused by company misrepresentations about the severity of the 2010 oil spill will make their case to a jury next May 18, a judge ruled today.
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in Houston in 2012. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Judge throws out conviction of ex-BP engineer

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A federal judge has thrown out the conviction of a former BP engineer who was convicted of deleting company text messages related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The Securities and Exchange commission charged a Houston oil-and-gas exploration and production company with making false claims about its oil reserves.

SEC Probe of Key Energy may expand

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Houston-based Key Energy Services for possible violations of federal bribery laws involving its operations in Mexico and Russia, according to corporate documents filed with the SEC.
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Supreme Court denies BP on spill payment freeze

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The Supreme Court on Monday rejected BP’s emergency petition to halt oil spill payments while it considers whether or not to take up a broader dispute over allegedly fabricated economic-loss claims.
Leslie Ritchie Robnett is a member of the government affairs practice at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP in Austin. Her practice focuses on regulatory and litigation matters, with an emphasis on regulatory appeals.

Commentary: Court cases suggest Texas is heading to a subsurface lease market

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With a subsurface trespass case pending before the Texas Supreme Court and a recent $3 million nuisance verdict what has been called the nation’s “first fracking trial,” the industry may be wondering whether Texas is headed toward a subsurface lease market.
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Louisiana parish to wage court fight against fracking

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The St. Tammany Parish Council will go to court to fight a proposed oil drilling project near Mandeville.
Louisiana. Gov. Bobby Jindal and oil industry leaders condemned the suit as an attack on a vital industry. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

Jindal signs bill to scuttle levee board oil suit

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The suit says drilling and dredging by oil, gas and pipeline companies are partially to blame for the degradation of coastal wetlands that serve as a natural hurricane buffer for New Orleans.
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Vermont sues refiners over use of gasoline additive

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The Vermont Attorney General’s office is suing more than two dozen of the country’s largest refiners of gasoline over the use of the gasoline additive MTBE that it says has caused widespread groundwater pollution.
Flowers grow in front of a sign at the Chesapeake campus in Oklahoma City.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Chesapeake faces new charges on Michigan leasing

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Chesapeake has denied the allegations and has withdrawn from exploration in Michigan.
A massive fire from a PG&E pipeline explosion roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in Sept. 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

PG&E expects new indictment over explosion

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Pacific Gas & Electric Co. expects to be hit with a new federal indictment next month over a deadly pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban California neighborhood in 2010, a regulatory filing says.