Category: Legal issues

Tribe: Nevada coal plant falsified pollution data

Representatives of an Indian tribe fighting to force the closure of a coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas said Wednesday they uncovered evidence that from 2006 to 2011, the state’s dominant electric utility submitted “phony” reports to the state about pollution levels near the plant, and avoided any penalty when the problem was discovered.  More »

NY appeals court to consider local fracking bans

A state appeals court was to hear two cases that pit the right of towns to control land use through zoning against the drilling industry and landowners who say state law trumps local authority when it comes to oil and gas development in New York.  More »

Gulf oil spill judge tosses claims against M-I Swaco, Cameron

A federal judge Wednesday threw out all claims against one of the companies that provided services to the ill-fated Macondo well project and tossed punitive damages claims against a second, but he refused to dismiss claims against the three main firms involved _ BP, Transocean and Halliburton.  More »

Steffy: Accountants warned that felonies are forever

As Helen Sharkey stepped to the lectern, it became clear what she was about to say would be no ordinary accounting lecture.  More »

Chesapeake faces April trial over $1.3 billion bond call

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) and Bank of New York Mellon Corp. are scheduled to face off at trial beginning April 23 over the gas producer’s disputed claim it met a deadline to redeem $1.3 billion in bonds early at par, or 100 cents on the dollar.  More »

Halliburton official destroyed notes of cement test related to Gulf oil spill

A former Halliburton lab manager testified Tuesday that a company official asked him not to record results of a cement stability test related to the well in the 2010 Gulf oil spill disaster.  More »

Judge sets hearing for ‘fictitious claims’ in Gulf oil spill

A federal judge has scheduled a hearing next month on BP’s request to prevent payments on inflated or fictitious claims under a class-action settlement reached with victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Inside the Gulf oil spill trial courtroom

See the latest witness-stand comments from Transocean CEO Steve Newman, as FuelFix reporter Harry Weber live tweets testimony in the Gulf oil spill.  More »

BP withheld data from rig crew in Gulf disaster, expert says

The crew on the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 was “trying to get it right,” a Transocean drilling expert testified Monday. But, he added, BP withheld critical information from them.  More »

BP seeks injunction over Gulf oil spill settlement dispute

BP wants an injunction to prevent the administrator handling claims under a class-action settlement reached with victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill from paying inflated or fictitious claims that could cost the British oil giant billions of dollars.  More »

Chesapeake may still make early call without as much risk

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) still has the option to issue a notice by today to redeem $1.3 billion in bonds early, at par, after a judge ruled it would probably win in court over any demand to pay $400 million in extra interest.  More »

BP contractor finds cement samples midtrial

A lawyer for the cement contractor on the Deepwater Horizon drilling project says the company has found cement samples possibly associated with BP’s Macondo well that weren’t turned over to the Justice Department for testing.  More »

Plaintiffs’ lawyer resigns amid BP oil spill trial

A Texas lawyer has resigned from the team of plaintiffs’ attorneys who brokered a multibillion-dollar settlement with BP PLC and are facing the company at trial over the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Worker: Rig was bustling before BP well blowout

Choking back tears on the witness stand, Deepwater Horizon rig worker Joseph Keith said he doesn’t have any regrets about his actions the night of the explosion. He said a flurry of activity on the rig hindered his ability to monitor BP’s well for signs of trouble before the fatal explosion.  More »

Energy companies lose appeals court bid over parcel leasing

A group of oil and gas companies failed to persuade an appeals court to compel the U.S. to issue parcel leases on which they were the high bidders within 60 days of payment.  More »