Category: Legal issues

Oil trader’s ex-wife gets energy assets in divorce ruling

An oil trader’s ex-wife won a U.K. Supreme Court ruling giving her the right to force offshore companies owned by her former husband, Michael Prest, to turn over assets as part of a 17.5 million-pound ($27.4 million) divorce settlement.  More »

Salazar navigates ethical limits in new role

During the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, the law firm WilmerHale was winning concessions for BP during White House talks over a compensation fund, about the same time that then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar famously declared the Obama administration would keep a boot on the neck of the British oil giant. Three years later, Salazar has now joined the prominent firm.  More »

Ameren can’t transfer pollution waiver to Dynegy

Ameren Corp. cannot transfer a waiver from pollution controls at five coal-fired power plants when it sells the plants to Dynegy Inc., the Illinois Pollution Control Board said.  More »

Sierra Club sues BNSF over coal dust from trains

The Sierra Club is suing Burlington Northern Santa Fe in federal court in Seattle over coal dust that blows off trains into Washington rivers and Puget Sound.  More »

Class action recommended in Va. coal-gas claim

A federal magistrate judge recommended class-action status Wednesday for thousands of landowners in southwest Virginia who contend two energy companies cheated them out of tens of millions of dollars in royalty payments for natural gas they extracted from their properties.  More »

Private Sector Moving on Climate Change

  Yesterday, the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS), in partnership with NOAA’s National Climate Data Center, took a major step in trying to transmit data on a changing climate to a high level business audience. (Pictured above, representatives from CICS, Duke Energy (including Heath Shuler), and the Center for Law Environment, Adaptation and […]  More »

Company sues ATP Oil & Gas for misrepresenting royalty interests

Executives at ATP Oil & Gas Corp. (ATPAQ), the bankrupt energy producer that was auctioned last month to lenders led by Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN), were sued by Macquarie Investments LLC for about $32 million.  More »

Company forced to pay oil workers in labor dispute

An oil and gas equipment manufacturing company in Houston that is owned by one of the world’s largest land drilling rig makers has paid $687,469 in back overtime wages to 133 roughnecks and crane operators, the U.S. Department of Labor says.  More »

Chesapeake must face Ohio suit over royalties, court says

Chesapeake Energy Corp. must face an Ohio lawsuit over allegations the company underpaid gas royalties for years, an appeals court said, reinstating the case.  More »

Oil giant Total to pay $245 million in bribe case

Court papers indicate Total paid $60 million in bribes between 1995 and 2004 that allowed it to re-enter the Iranian oil and gas market.  More »

Supreme Court Gives Agencies Greater Power in City of Arlington v. FCC

Last week the Supreme Court ruled in the City of Arlington v. the FCC, that federal agencies should receive strong deference from courts in the agency’s determination of its own jurisdiction. In other words, when it isn’t clear whether a federal agency has the right to assert authority, we should defer to the agency’s own […]  More »

Tow vessel fuel problems preceded Shell grounding

Testimony in the grounding of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge off a remote Alaska island focused Thursday on why its towing vessel unexpectedly lost power in stormy conditions in the Gulf of Alaska.  More »