Category: Legal issues

India: 7 arrested for stealing, leaking energy documents

The men were caught leaving the ministry building Tuesday after authorities acted on a tip that some individuals were stealing and leaking documents from the ministry.  More »

Judge rejects BP appeal on cap for Gulf oil spill liabilities

Barbier said he hasn’t yet determined the actual amount of the civil penalty stemming from the Gulf of Mexico spill, which could run as high as $13.7 billion.  More »

Chesapeake Energy sues founder, former CEO McClendon

The lawsuit alleges McClendon took “confidential information and trade secrets from Chesapeake.”  More »

Court upholds Ohio’s power to regulate drilling

The decision came in a case brought by the Akron suburb of Munroe Falls against Beck Energy Corp. over a state law that gives Ohio “sole and exclusive authority” to regulate the location of wells.  More »

Commentary: Key energy industry lessons in billion-dollar trade secret case

The year’s biggest news in oil and gas litigation came last week when Fort Worth-based Moncrief Oil International voluntarily abandoned a billion-dollar trade secret lawsuit in the middle of trial against Russian energy giant OAO Gazprom, says one Texas energy attorney.  More »

TransCanada suspends efforts to seize Nebraska land for Keystone

A Holt County District judge issued a temporary injunction Thursday, keeping TransCanada from invoking eminent domain along the proposed Keystone Pipeline route in northern Nebraska.  More »

Steelworkers strike extends to BP plants outside Texas

The United Steelworkers union is broadening its nationwide walkout to include two more refineries. Early Sunday, the union is planning to go on strike against two BP facilities in the Midwest, union spokeswoman Lynne Hancock confirmed. That will bring the total number of plants on strike to 11, after union members walked out of nine facilities, including […]  More »

Brazil makes third round of searches and arrests in Petrobras kickback scheme

Those involved may be charged with fraud, corruption, money laundering and criminal associations, police said.  More »

Lucas Energy defaults on debt, weighs sale or outside investment

The company’s debt default comes after oil prices have been cut in half since their 2014 peak in June.  More »

Anadarko didn’t pay cleanup costs for Gulf of Mexico oil spill, U.S. witness says

The statement may undermine the company’s argument that it shouldn’t be fined for the spill, while the U.S. government seeks more than $1 billion from Anadarko.  More »

Moncrief Oil drops $1.37 billion claim against Russian energy company in middle of trial

Lawyers for Moncrief told Tarrant County District Judge Melody Wilkinson over the weekend that they wanted to dismiss its claims against OAO Gazprom, which is the world’s largest extractor of natural gas and has annual revenues exceeding $350 billion.  More »

Legal battles from 2010 spill to unfold in 2 U.S. courtrooms

On Monday, trial resumes in a federal district courtroom where BP and a minority partner in its ill-fated Macondo well are trying to fend off billions in Clean Water Act penalties.  More »

Shell planning to restart Arctic drilling this year

Shell is planning on spending $1 billion to drill exploratory oil wells in Arctic waters north of Alaska this year — as long as it clears legal and permitting hurdles, said CEO Ben Van Beurden.  More »

BP turns to environmental impact, financial state in oil spill penalty trial

BP will continue to build its case for lower environmental fines Tuesday in the long-running legal fight over how much it should pay for fouling the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.  More »

Spill trial: BP makes its case for lower pollution fines

BP’s fourth and final witness, Robert Cox, a practicing physician and toxicologist at the University of Mississippi Medical School, said he found the oil spill and the efforts to clean it up left no significant adverse human health impacts or threats to public health, based on his analysis of exhaustive state and federal data.  More »
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