Lawyer Steven Donzinger (in suit) stands between (from left to right) Eduardo Silvio Chapal Quintera, Camilo Taremo Huamoni Coba, Toribo Aguinoa,      and Wilmer Marbin Piaguaje as the group presents a letter for Texaco Chevron CEO David O'Reilly to a representative of the oil company in May 2003. Donzinger represented  the Equadorians in a legal saga over ChevronTexaco's toxic dumping in the Ecuadorian rainforest. (Michael Maloney / The Chronicle)

Chevron lawyer takes stand in trial over Ecuador verdict

In a trial that launched Tuesday, Chevron told a Manhattan federal judge that it will prove that it’s a victim rather than the villain in a legal drama over the environmental devastation.
(James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle)

Ex-Halliburton manager pleads guilty

A former Halliburton manager pleaded guilty Tuesday to destroying evidence in the aftermath of the deadly rig explosion that spawned BP’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
From left to right : Eduardo Silvio Chapal Quintera, Camilo Taremo Huamoni Coba, Toribo Aguinoa, Steven Donzinger and Wilmer Marbin Piaguaje present a letter for Texaco Chevron CEO David O'Reilly to a representative of the oil company. Donzinger is a lawyer representing the Equadorians. (MICHAEL MALONEY / The Chronicle)

Diary of the legal drama in lawsuit against Chevron

In April 2007, New York lawyer Steven Donziger flew to Ecuador convinced he was on the brink of victory against a formidable foe — Chevron Corp. On Tuesday, he’ll go on trial in New York, accused by Chevron of masterminding a massive judicial fraud.

Oil spill legal worries still haunt BP investors

Even though BP has sold off $40 billion in assets — mostly for liquidity to pay for oil spill costs — the resumption of a civil trial in New Orleans has stirred up renewed investor anxiety about the possibility of $18 billion in pollution fines.
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As Bakken booms, drug arrests spike

Authorities have released mugshots of twelve people indicted on federal charges alleging they were involved in a ring that distributed methamphetamine in the Bakken oil patch along the North Dakota border

Judge won’t dismiss ex-BP engineer’s indictment

A federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss obstruction-of-justice charges against a former BP engineer accused of deleting text messages and voicemails about the company’s response to its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Jury absolves BP in gas leak trial

A massive release of noxious gas from a former BP refinery in Texas City caused no harm or nuisance to three people who lived nearby, a Galveston County jury said Tuesday.
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A member of Exxon Mobil's cleanup crew is reflected in water and oil in a drainage ditch along State Highway 365 in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Log Cabin Democrat, Courtney Spradlin)

Feds seek stay in lawsuit over Arkansas oil spill

Federal prosecutors in Arkansas asked a judge on Wednesday to stay proceedings in their lawsuit against ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. because of the federal government shutdown.
The Texas City Refinery is shown in March 2005. The facility now belongs to Marathon Petroleum. (AP file photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Jurors to start deliberations Tuesday in BP refinery case

Jurors should set an example for other companies that put profit ahead of safety by punishing BP with a multibillion dollar fine for spewing toxic gases from its former Texas City refinery, an attorney said Monday at the end of a month-long trial.

Chevron’s Ecuador case to be heard by judge, not jury

Chevron Corp. won a request to have a judge rather than a jury decide its case over alleged fraud in an Ecuadorian pollution verdict.