Category: Legal issues

La. man to be sentenced for plot to defraud BP

A federal judge is set to sentence a Covington businessman who pleaded guilty to fraudulently billing BP for roughly $1.4 million for use of a helicopter after the company’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Dolphin deaths still high after Gulf oil spill, environmentalists say

Dolphin deaths and sea turtle strandings in the waters affected by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill continue to occur at elevated rates nearly three years after the disaster, the National Wildlife Federation said in a new report Tuesday.  More »

Mishaps shouldn’t impede energy expansion, industry economist says

The recent oil pipeline rupture in Arkansas and other mishaps shouldn’t stand in the way of the Keystone XL pipeline, the American Petroleum Institute’s chief economist said Tuesday.  More »

Gulf spill claims administrator says BP complaint lacks merit

The claims administrator overseeing the multi-billion dollar settlement reached last year between BP and victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says BP’s complaint that he is violating the terms of the deal should be thrown out because he has immunity from being sued and he is simply following court directives.  More »

Ex-BP engineer can skip Gulf spill arraignment

A former BP engineer from Katy, Texas has filed a notice of his intent to plead not guilty to new accusations contained in a superseding indictment related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and a judge has granted him permission not to show up at his scheduled arraignment this week.  More »

Three years after Gulf spill, BP faces big week in court

BP faces legal challenges on multiple fronts that intersect this week in federal court. Big bucks and reputations are on the line and investors will be watching.  More »

Texas man faces sentencing in biodiesel scam

A West Texas businessman who pleaded guilty to federal fraud and money laundering charges stemming from a $42 million biodiesel scam is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.  More »

Testimony ends in marathon gasoline additive trial

Testimony has ended in a marathon trial over whether Exxon Mobil Corp. should pay the state of New Hampshire hundreds of millions of dollars to monitor and treat private wells and public drinking supplies contaminated by the gasoline additive MTBE.  More »

Halliburton calls BP’s sanctions request a ‘sideshow’ in Gulf spill trial

Halliburton asked a federal judge Tuesday to throw out BP’s request for sanctions in the Gulf oil spill trial in a dispute over key evidence in the case, saying the cement contractor has not violated any court order.  More »

Hedge funds in Chesapeake bond fight seek to end intervention

Hedge funds holding $250 million in Chesapeake Energy Corp. debt asked a judge to withdraw from litigation between the company and bond trustee Bank of New York Mellon Corp. over redemption of bonds.  More »

Hackers hit energy companies more than others

A Houston network security company reports that electronic attacks hit a much higher percentage of its energy company customers than ones in other sectors.  More »

Judge sides with Wyoming in fracking chemical suit

A Wyoming judge has ruled against environmentalists who sought to make public the lists of ingredients that go into hydraulic fracturing fluids.  More »