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The Sun Herald reports U.S. District Court Judge Louis Guirola Jr. found the evidence so voluminous that attorneys would need more time to prepare their defenses.
Claims against the companies include fraud, violation of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and civil conspiracy.
The Plaquemines Parish council voted to dismiss 21 suits it had pending against 68 oil companies, officials and a lawyer said.
In May, a corroded pipeline owned by Plains All American released crude near Santa Barbara, California.
State law prohibits elected officials from using state resources for personal purposes.
From New England to North Carolina, scattered insurgencies have formed in opposition to a spider web of pipelines up and down the Eastern Seaboard as the nation’s energy industry seeks to move pent-up natural gas supplies.
Marathon Oil EF, LLC, and Plains Exploration & Production Co. recently prevailed against landowners who claimed harm to their health and property from surrounding oil and gas operations in the Eagle Ford shale.
Prosecutors suggested no prison time for Mix, and a judge sentenced him to six months of probation.
The charges of conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, identity theft and aggravated identity theft involve 41 alleged victims, U.S. Attorney Gregory Davis said.