Category: Legal issues

TransCanada wins right to build Keystone XL through Texas family farm

TransCanada Corp. won a state appeals court ruling allowing it to lay the Keystone XL pipeline across a family farm in northeastern Texas, eliminating one of the last obstacles to completion of the southern leg of the Canadian tar-sands line.  More »

Victims’ attorneys attack BP’s effort to block spill payments

Attorneys for victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill say BP’s latest effort to halt payments from its multibillion-dollar class action settlement should be denied because the company has failed to present any evidence that any claim has been improperly calculated or paid.  More »

Exxon Mobil agrees to $2.4M in fines, improvements

Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality says Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $2.4 million in fines, improvements and other payments to settle violations at Baton Rouge-area plants.  More »

Coastal group asks levee board to drop suit

The state’s coastal restoration authority voted Wednesday to ask a New Orleans-area flood control board to drop its lawsuit seeking damages from nearly 100 oil and gas companies over coastal erosion allegedly caused by dredging and digging for canals and pipelines.  More »

FBI taking a role in JPMorgan Energy probe

The inquiry focuses on conduct at issue in the bank’s $410 million civil settlement last month with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,  More »

Pollution lawsuit against Pa. plant is revived

A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit Tuesday against a western Pennsylvania power plant, ruling that two women who live nearby can sue over alleged fly ash pollution even though the plant meets state and federal air pollution standards.  More »

Judge: EPA may have tried to skirt disclosure law

A federal judge says the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of personal email accounts may have been aimed at skirting public disclosure requirements.  More »

BP asks judge to deny investors’ bid to sue as group

BP Plc (BP/) asked a federal judge to deny U.S. investors the right to pursue a class action, or group, lawsuit claiming the company misled them before and after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

State coastal chief assails suit against oil, gas

A south Louisiana flood prevention board’s lawsuit against oil and gas companies is an assault on a vital job-producing industry and throws a monkey wrench into a coordinated state effort to save and restore Louisiana’s eroding coast, the state’s top coastal official told a legislative panel Wednesday.  More »

Baker Botts looks to Brazil to grow its energy business

Among the firm’s ongoing strategic objectives: extend its network to clients in energy centers worldwide.  More »

Pa. family in drilling lawsuit still gets royalty

A family that settled a lawsuit over the impacts of natural gas drilling still collects royalties from the gas production, according to documents made public this week.  More »

BP: Halliburton’s expected guilty plea undermines Gulf spill arguments

BP said Tuesday that Halliburton’s admission that it destroyed evidence after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill undermines key claims by the U.S. government in a civil trial over the disaster.  More »

Attorney blasts firing from BP settlement program

An attorney who was fired by the court-supervised administrator of BP’s settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents is demanding to be reinstated with back pay.  More »

Deadline set for responses to BP fraud allegations

A federal judge has set an Aug. 26 deadline for court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau to respond to BP’s allegations that it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside a settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents.  More »

US firm in Quebec rail tragedy granted protection

A Canadian judge has granted creditor protection to a rail company whose runaway oil train caused an explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec, a day after the company filed for bankruptcy.  More »