Category: Legal issues

Emails: BP knew of flare issues

With the world focused on a BP rig explosion in the spring of 2010 that caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history, a massive release of pollutants from the company’s Texas City refinery went largely unnoticed.  More »

Man in Texas pipeline incident pleads not guilty

A North Texas man accused of trying to blow up a natural gas pipeline in suburban Dallas has pleaded not guilty.  More »

U.S. says New York state can’t sue over fracking regulations

The U.S. said a New York State lawsuit seeking fuller review of the effects of hydraulic fracturing on the state’s water supply should be dismissed because the multistate commission responsible for the watershed isn’t a U.S. agency.  More »

Anadarko doesn’t reach settlement with U.S., trial to resume

A trial began May 15, with Anadarko facing testimony from more than 50 witnesses, and was scheduled to run until at least the end of July. On June 28, David Zott, a lawyer for the U.S. and Tronox, said the plaintiffs had presented their last witness, and U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper asked Anadarko how it would begin its defense.  More »

Former president of Port Arthur environmental company charged with conspiracy

The former president of Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Services is named in a 13-count federal indictment, charged with conspiracy to illegally transport hazardous materials, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  More »

Chevron settles pollution complaint at NJ plant

New Jersey officials say Chevron U.S.A. has agreed to pay nearly $500,000 to resolve allegations that its asphalt refinery in Perth Amboy violated air pollution laws.  More »

Anadarko to hold settlement talks as trial delayed

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) and its Kerr-McGee unit will hold settlement talks while a trial over a $25 billion lawsuit brought by the U.S. and Tronox Inc. is adjourned for a week, according to court papers. Anadarko rose as much as 4.3 percent.  More »

BP settles most remaining Texas City OSHA violations for $13 million

Update: The Department of Labor announced today that BP agreed to settle the remain fines for $13 million. The company agreed in 2010 to settle $50 million of the $87.4 million in fines that OSHA levied.  More »

Man suspected of gas main bombing indicted

A federal grand jury has indicted a man accused of trying to blow up a natural gas pipeline in suburban Dallas.  More »

Chesapeake told to pay $100 million over Texas gas lease claims

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) was ordered to pay more than $100 million to three Texas lease holders who claimed the second-largest U.S. gas producer reneged on agreements to purchase mineral rights.  More »

BP terminates deal with contractor after Azeri fraud allegations

BP Plc (BP/) said it will cancel a contract with a company following allegations of fraud related to a project in Azerbaijan.  More »

Dispersant’s use adds subplot to oil spill saga

As a federal judge considers a proposed settlement between BP and Gulf Coast residents harmed by the 2010 oil spill, a legal subplot has developed around workers who allege they were sickened by chemicals used to clean up the oil.  More »

BP part of serious fraud office bribery probe, report says

BP Plc (BP/) is part of a U.K. Serious Fraud Office investigation over bribery allegations relating to one of its engineering contractors in Azerbaijan, the Daily Telegraph reported, without saying where it obtained the information.  More »

Chesapeake Energy, Encana face U.S. probe over land deals

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) and Encana Corp. are under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for possible collusion, according to a person familiar with the probe.  More »

Court: Lawyers not responsible for fraud by client

When Paul Bennett, Frederick Clayton and others lost more than $4 million on an oil drilling investment in southern Kentucky, they sued the companies involved and their lawyer.  More »