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The Interior Department last month said it plans to cancel the 6,200-acre lease. It was granted in 1982 on land considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada.
The Sierra Club and others say the rules should be allowed to take effect to protect land and water from practices including hydraulic fracturing.
The explosion on the BP-operated drilling rig killed 11 workers and set off the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster.
A federal judge on Monday said Anadarko Petroleum Corp. must pay $159.5 million in environmental penalties for its part in “the polluting enterprise” that caused a massive 87-day oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago.
Gov. Jerry Brown directed a state official in 2014 to investigate and map out the oil and gas potential and history of the Brown family ranch.
The ruling states that the project to update four pump stations and control systems along the 800-mile line, known as Strategic Reconfigurations, was “imprudently” managed.
The Sun Herald reports U.S. District Court Judge Louis Guirola Jr. found the evidence so voluminous that attorneys would need more time to prepare their defenses.
Claims against the companies include fraud, violation of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and civil conspiracy.
The Plaquemines Parish council voted to dismiss 21 suits it had pending against 68 oil companies, officials and a lawyer said.
In May, a corroded pipeline owned by Plains All American released crude near Santa Barbara, California.