Category: Legal issues

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 »

Sierra Club sues DTE over coal-fired power plants

Environmentalists have filed a lawsuit against DTE Energy and two subsidiaries over emissions from their coal-fired power plants.  More »

Tactics divide agencies in Chevron probe

A grand jury probe targeting Chevron in last year’s Richmond refinery fire has created a rift between the federal agency investigating the incident and environmental regulators seeking possible criminal charges against the oil giant  More »