Category: Legal issues

Rig victim’s widow says Gulf disaster caused ‘inferno of grief’

Shelley Anderson says Transocean waited three days to to tell her that her husband was lost in the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion. Days later, their young daughter, Lacy, said her father told her he was in heaven. Read Shelley’s victim impact statement, detailing the family’s ordeal.  More »

BP oil spill settlement payments exceed $1B mark

Businesses and individuals who claim BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money have been paid more than $1 billion through the company’s class-action settlement with a team of private plaintiffs’ attorneys, court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau said.  More »

Transocean to be arraigned on criminal charge in Gulf disaster

Transocean will be arraigned Wednesday before a federal judge in New Orleans on a misdemeanor criminal charge stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips sued by California over tanks

ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66 (PSX) were sued by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who accused the oil producer and the refiner it spun off last year of environmental violations at more than 560 gasoline stations.  More »

Judge won’t block suit against Neb. pipeline law

A Lancaster County district judge has refused to block a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Nebraska’s new pipeline siting law.  More »

Government accuses BP of being evasive on Gulf spill flow rate

The Justice Department is accusing BP anew of being evasive on information about the amount of oil that spewed from its undersea well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico nearly three years ago.  More »

Edison International units sued by Chevron over oil fields

Units of Edison International were sued by affiliates of Chevron Corp. (CVX), which asked a bankruptcy judge to help facilitate their attempted $82.5 million purchase of a joint oil-field support venture near Bakersfield, California.  More »

Deckhands go it alone in BP case

Many fishing boat deckhands who lost months of work when the 2010 oil spill cut into the Gulf of Mexico’s seafood bounty have decided to fare for themselves rather than accept a legal settlement they say won’t cover their damages.  More »

Ailing Calif nuke plant faces questions on restart

Federal regulators pressed the operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant for more analysis on its damaged steam generators, as the government considers when, or if, one of the seaside reactors can be restarted safely.  More »

Transocean seeks Gulf disaster trial delay if reports not admitted

Swiss offshore drilling contractor Transocean wants a federal judge to delay the civil trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico rig explosion and oil spill for at least six months if the court refuses to admit the reports of a key expert who won’t be able to testify because he recently died in a car crash.  More »

Judge delays manslaughter trial for 2 BP employees

Two BP rig supervisors charged with manslaughter in the death of 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig will go on trial in 2014.  More »

Rig worker’s dad says BP should pay $45 billion fine for Gulf blast

The father of one of the 11 rig workers killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 tells a federal judge that British oil giant BP should be forced to pay $45 billion — 10 times the proposed penalty in the company’s plea agreement with the U.S. government to resolve manslaughter and other charges.  More »