Category: Legal issues

BP poisoned neighbors in toxin release, Texas jury told

BP Plc (BP/) deliberately exposed neighbors of a Texas refinery to tons of cancer-causing gases for weeks without warning in 2010, a lawyer told a Texas jury.  More »

Pennsylvania files criminal charges against XTO Energy

Attorney General Kathleen Kane has filed criminal charges against XTO Energy, Inc. over a 2010 spill of natural gas drilling wastewater in Lycoming County.  More »

Feds oppose bid to delay BP rig supervisors’ trial

Justice Department prosecutors have urged a federal judge to reject a request to postpone the manslaughter trial of two BP supervisors who worked on the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.  More »

Report: China takes passports from oil managers

Executives of Chinese oil giant PetroChina Ltd. have been told to hand in their passports as an anti-corruption investigation of the industry spreads, a newspaper said Tuesday.  More »

Chevron says it won’t seek money from 2 Ecuadoreans

The trial is set to begin next month in federal court in Manhattan,  More »

BP Texas refinery neighbors seek billions at toxin trial

BP Plc (BP/) faces the first of almost 48,000 toxic exposure claims from neighbors of a Texas refinery who say they’ll give the billions of dollars in punitive damages they’re seeking to charity if they win at trial.  More »

Report: China questioning 5 more oil executives

Five more executives of Chinese oil companies are being questioned in a spreading anti-graft probe of the industry, a newspaper reported Monday. One of the companies rejected the report as inaccurate.  More »

Probe finds evidence of plot to corrupt BP spill settlement program

An independent probe led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh found evidence of a lawyers’ plot to “corrupt” the BP settlement program but nothing that warranted shutting down payments to victims of the company’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a report issued Friday.  More »

Ind. court takes up deal between state, utility

The Indiana Supreme Court is set to hear arguments over a contract that would require the state to buy synthetic natural gas from a private southwestern Indiana plant and resell it on the open market.  More »

Graft probe threatens PetroChina as executives targeted

PetroChina Co. (857), the oil producer that became the first $1 trillion company, is the target of a widening anti-corruption probe that threatens the biggest shakeup of China’s oil industry in 15 years.  More »

China fires official in oil giant corruption probe

The head of the commission that oversees China’s major state-owned companies was fired Tuesday in a spreading corruption investigation that appears to be an effort by the country’s new leaders to tighten control over government industries.  More »

JPMorgan energy probe records sought by Senate

Lawmakers are examining banks’ roles in commodities markets.  More »
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