Category: Legal issues

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 »

NM reaches $920K settlement with gas processor

State environment officials have reached a settlement with the operator of a natural gas processing plant in southeastern New Mexico over alleged pollution violations.  More »

BP asks court to suspend spill payouts pending investigation

BP is asking a federal court to suspend payments under a settlement arising from the 2010 Gulf oil spill pending completion of an independent probe into the claims administration process.  More »

Anadarko to face investor suit over BP spill, judge says

Anadarko Petroleum Corp., a partner in the BP (BP/) Plc well that blew up in 2010 and triggered the largest U.S. offshore oil spill, must face a lawsuit claiming it misled investors, a judge said.  More »

BP looks to shave more money off Gulf oil spill fines tab

BP is asserting that roughly 10 percent of the crude that entered the water during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill should not be counted in the civil fines it faces because the oil dissolved before reaching the surface, the U.S. government said in court papers Monday objecting to the argument.  More »

Shell reaches settlement in Houston pollution case

Shell Oil Co. on Wednesday agreed to spend about $160 million to settle legal complaints about chronic pollution problems at its refinery and petrochemical plant along the Houston Ship Channel.  More »

Total SA executives acquitted in Iraq oil-for-food trial

A French court on Monday acquitted oil giant Total SA, its chief executives and a raft of former French officials of corruption-related charges linked to the scandal-ridden U.N. oil-for-food program for Iraq.  More »

BP asks court to end ‘feeding frenzy’ in Gulf oil spill settlement

BP’s class-action settlement in the Gulf oil spill case didn’t require businesses to prove their losses were caused by the disaster. Now the British oil giant says the open-ended set-up has spiraled into a “feeding frenzy.”  More »