Category: Legal issues

Gulf spill judge says ruling could take months

The first phase of the civil trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill ended Wednesday after eight weeks of testimony.  More »

Former BP engineer says US withheld evidence related to Gulf spill

A lawyer for a former BP engineer accused of obstruction of justice in connection with the investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster is asking a judge to impose sanctions and has accused federal prosecutors of misconduct for allegedly withholding evidence that could clear her client.  More »

Potential bankruptcy renews debate on utility tax

The potential bankruptcy of Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings is being seized on by some groups to stir debate over taxes that power companies collect but don’t always pass on to the federal government.  More »

Parker drilling settles US bribery probes for $16 Million

Parker Drilling Co., a Houston- based oil services company, agreed to pay $15.9 million to settle U.S. allegations it tried to bribe a Nigerian government panel to reduce fines for violating the country’s customs laws.  More »

The Danger of Politics – Europe Fails to Support Carbon Market

The EU Parliament unexpectedly shot down a proposal to reduce the supply of greenhosue gas credits entering the EU market, going against the recommendation of the Environment Committee, the EU Climate Action Commissioner, and the European Commission itself. While some of the negative votes were expected (Poland has fought vociferously against any action that would […]  More »

Houston may sue BP for lost taxes after oil spill

Houston City Council on Wednesday will decide whether to sue BP for more than $23 million in connection with the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig and resulting oil spill.  More »

BP manager testifies at trial over Gulf oil spill

John Guide, a BP team leader who supervised managers on the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, says he was frustrated by last-minute changes to the drilling project but didn’t have any safety concerns before the deadly blast.  More »

Flatt out environmental comments on the last few months of the greenhouse gas regulatory world

It has been a while since my last blog post. In the climate change legal world, most of what has happened in the past few months has been of the utilitarian, and not the showy variety. California continues to implement its Global Warming Solutions Act (A.B. 32) and has already held two auctions of the […]  More »

Consultant’s flip-flop weakens pollution case against Chevron

Another player in the long-running, $19 billion pollution lawsuit against Chevron Corp. in Ecuador has switched sides — and accused former colleagues of hiding the truth.  More »

Chevron drops Colorado firm from fraud lawsuit

Chevron Corp. has agreed to drop a Colorado consulting firm and two of the firm’s employees from a fraud and racketeering lawsuit.  More »

Ex-BP engineer responds to feds’ ‘farcical’ claims

A former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company’s response to its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico claims federal prosecutors have tacked on “farcical” allegations that he also deleted dozens of voicemails to stymie a grand jury probe of the disaster.  More »

BP shareholders urge stronger fight against ‘extortionate’ Gulf spill claims

Angry British shareholders of oil giant BP urged the company Thursday to be more forceful in its legal fight against tens of billions of dollars in claims still being asserted by the U.S. government and several Gulf states affected by the 2010 oil spill. One suggested BP boycott Walt Disney World in Florida to get Americans “to come to their senses.”  More »

Exxon Mobil must pay $236M in pollution case

A New Hampshire jury has found ExxonMobil liable in a long-running lawsuit over groundwater contamination by the gasoline additive MTBE. The oil giant could pay hundreds of millions of dollars to clean it up.  More »

Fracking foes in California win in court

A federal magistrate has ruled that federal authorities broke the law when they leased land in Monterey and Fresno counties to oil drillers without studying the possible risks of hydraulic fracturing.  More »

NH’s $236M suit against Exxon Mobil to go to jury

Jurors in New Hampshire’s groundwater contamination case against Exxon Mobil were asked to decide whether the state is seeking a scapegoat or the oil company was protecting its profits, not the environment, when it added MTBE to its gasoline.  More »