Category: Legal issues

Supreme Court denies BP on spill payment freeze

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected BP’s emergency petition to halt oil spill payments while it considers whether or not to take up a broader dispute over allegedly fabricated economic-loss claims.  More »

Commentary: Court cases suggest Texas is heading to a subsurface lease market

With a subsurface trespass case pending before the Texas Supreme Court and a recent $3 million nuisance verdict what has been called the nation’s “first fracking trial,” the industry may be wondering whether Texas is headed toward a subsurface lease market.  More »

Louisiana parish to wage court fight against fracking

The St. Tammany Parish Council will go to court to fight a proposed oil drilling project near Mandeville.  More »

Jindal signs bill to scuttle levee board oil suit

The suit says drilling and dredging by oil, gas and pipeline companies are partially to blame for the degradation of coastal wetlands that serve as a natural hurricane buffer for New Orleans.  More »

Vermont sues refiners over use of gasoline additive

The Vermont Attorney General’s office is suing more than two dozen of the country’s largest refiners of gasoline over the use of the gasoline additive MTBE that it says has caused widespread groundwater pollution.  More »

Chesapeake faces new charges on Michigan leasing

Chesapeake has denied the allegations and has withdrawn from exploration in Michigan.  More »

PG&E expects new indictment over explosion

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. expects to be hit with a new federal indictment next month over a deadly pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban California neighborhood in 2010, a regulatory filing says.  More »

NY top court considers local bans on gas drilling

The cases being argued before the Court of Appeals involve bans in the small towns of Dryden and Middlefield in rural central New York.  More »

Kansas pushes back on lesser prairie chicken

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced Tuesday that he is pushing the federal government to assume some costs for protecting the lesser prairie chicken by expanding incentives for farmers to enroll their land in a longstanding conservation program.  More »

Let the complaints begin…

A day after the roll out of the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas control rule for existing power plants under the CAA, section 111(d), we have the usual complaints from the usual quarters that meeting the requirements will cause wide economic disruption, and that the proposal is not legally consistent with the 111(d) provisions of the […]  More »

Lawyers ask Scalia to throw out BP’s bid to stall spill payments

Plaintiffs’ attorneys on Monday called BP’s latest attempt to suspend oil spill payments “buyer’s remorse” for its $9.2 billion settlement and argued the oil company’s claims of fraud are bogus.  More »

And the Winner is….Cap and Trade

Today the EPA released its rules requiring reductions in greenhouse gases from existing fossil fuel fired electricity generating units (EGUs).  Nominally, the rules call for an overall 30% reduction in these emissions from 2005 by 2030.  The hallmark of the rule is “flexibility” as the EPA looked at the most promising tools for reducing GHGs […]  More »