Category: Legal issues

State Dept. gives agencies 2 weeks to comment on Keystone

Federal agencies have been given a Feb. 2 to provide advice on whether to move forward with the hotly debated Keystone XL pipeline.  More »

TransCanada sued again by Nebraska landowners over Keystone path

Dual complaints were filed Friday against the Calgary-based company in state courts in York and O’Neill, Nebraska, by David Domina, the lawyer whose prior effort to halt construction of the 1,179-mile conduit was defeated by a cadre of judges who ruled his clients hadn’t established their legal right to sue.  More »

Judge rules BP’s Macondo well spilled 3.19 million barrels of oil into Gulf

A federal judge ruled Thursday that BP’s runaway oil well in 2010 spewed 3.19 million barrels of crude in in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Former Petrobras executive held in Brazil corruption probe

Nestor Cervero is the third former Petrobras executive to be detained as part of a probe into allegations of kickbacks, inflated contracts and bribery.  More »

KiOR says Miss. seeks to destroy it in court ploy

Bankrupt biofuel maker KiOR and controlling shareholder Vinod Khosla say the state of Mississippi is using legal tactics in an attempt to squeeze money from the company.  More »

Jindal appeals ‘Big Oil’ suit to high court

A fight over whether oil companies may be sued over damage to Louisiana’s coastal marshes has been appealed to the state’s high court.  More »

Appeals court won’t rehear a BP oil spill liability argument

A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its 2014 ruling that BP cannot avoid federal penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by blaming another company’s failed equipment.  More »

Nebraska ruling upholds Keystone XL route

The ruling now shifts attention to the nation’s capital, where the State Department, Congress and the White House all are playing a role in deciding whether TransCanada Corp. wins a permit to build the $8 billion border-crossing pipeline.  More »

Continental CEO’s ex-wife cashes $1 billion check, his lawyer says

Oklahoma fracking billionaire Harold Hamm’s ex-wife cashed a check he sent her to cover the almost $1 billion awarded as alimony in their divorce, his lawyer said.  More »

Dispute over tanker’s Kurdish oil continues in Houston court

A Houston federal judge has asked for an update on settlement negotiations between Iraq and Kurdistan over a cargo of oil anchored in the Gulf of Mexico since July.  More »

Harold Hamm’s ex-wife rejects $975 million divorce check

The check delivered to her legal team would have paid off the full amount awarded to Sue Ann Arnall in a November divorce ruling.  More »

Commentary: Protecting World Heritage sites should be oil industry resolution for 2015

Only Royal Dutch Shell and Total have publicly committed to not carry out or support extractive activities in World Heritage sites.  More »

Exxon Mobil seeks to bar pipeline files

Exxon Mobil says it shouldn’t have to release any further information on a proposed but abandoned pipeline intended to run alongside the Pegasus pipeline that ruptured in 2013 in central Arkansas.  More »

Hamm’s $1 billion alimony bill looks bigger as oil stock sinks

As measured by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Harold Hamm’s net worth has been reduced by a third to $10.6 billion. Hamm said Arnall will now get a larger share of their combined wealth than intended by the judge.  More »

BP conducts internal review of its foreign currency trading unit

BP’s statement comes after Bloomberg reported late Monday that currency traders for the oil company allegedly got tips about upcoming trades and other confidential information from other market sources.  More »