Category: Legal issues

Environmental groups sue EPA over refinery emissions

Environmentalists have filed a lawsuit to force federal regulators to review the way they calculate emissions from petrochemical plants, oil refineries and other large industrial facilities.  More »

Gulf spill cases against former BP employees advance

A federal judge has barred prosecutors at the trial of a former BP engineer charged with obstruction of justice in connection with the investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill from telling jurors he was suspended from his job and that he retained a personal attorney.  More »

Canadian judge dismisses lawsuit against Chevron

An attempt by Ecuadorian villagers to have a Canadian court enforce a $19 billion judgment against multinational oil giant Chevron Corp has been dismissed by the Ontario Superior Court.  More »

Opposition to Icahn’s Transocean dividend proposal grows

Another independent shareholder advocacy group has come out against billionaire investor Carl Icahn’s proposal for Swiss drilling contractor Transocean to issue a $4-a-share dividend.  More »

Judge orders some BP attorney materials turned over in Gulf oil spill case

A judge has ordered BP to turn over to the U.S. government and Transocean some previously withheld documents that involve discussions by its lawyers about how to prepare the company’s responses to investigative inquiries about the amount of oil that was flowing after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.  More »

Chesapeake sues Cameron over fracking equipment

Cameron International Corp. is being sued by Chesapeake Energy Corp. for alleged wellhead equipment failure.  More »

Icahn’s Transocean board nominee faces pending criminal case in Spain

One of Carl Icahn’s three nominees to serve on Transocean’s board has been dogged for nearly a decade by a criminal complaint in Spain that accuses him of taking part in a multi-million dollar fraud against employees of a company where he used to be an executive.  More »

Transocean on defense as support grows for new directors

Swiss drilling contractor Transocean Ltd. is defending its board and business strategy anew amid a corporate governance advocacy group’s support for two of the three directors being put forth at the company’s annual meeting by dissident shareholder Carl Icahn.  More »

Texas farmer sues US Army Corps of Engineers over Keystone

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to hold required public hearings before illegally granting permits that let TransCanada Corp. begin installing its Keystone XL pipeline in Texas and Oklahoma, a Texas farmer claimed in a federal court lawsuit.  More »

Bill to lower oil severance taxes signed into law

Legislation to lower the Mississippi severance tax on hydraulically fractured oil wells from 6 percent to 1.25 percent for first 30 months of well production has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant.  More »

Gulf oil spill judge poses questions on gross negligence issue

The federal judge who must decide whether BP and its partners committed gross negligence in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is offering some clues as to how he will formulate his decision.  More »

What is the likelihood that the Supreme Court will take review of EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations?

On Friday, Texas lead a group of states in asking the Supreme Court to hear (and overrule) the DC Circuit case of last year upholding EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gases from stationary sources. A group of industry representatives have joined in asking for Supreme Court review. Given the DC case and Texas’s petition for certiorari, […]  More »