Category: Legal issues

Britain goes to bat for BP in Supreme Court brief

The British government is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to show mercy on BP as the London oil company faces steep costs for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Punitive damages question lingers in BP oil spill case

The question of whether BP can be charged for punitive damages for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill could compel the Supreme Court to take up the matter, legal experts say.  More »

It’s not just oil, power due to be overhauled in Mexico

Mexico’s landmark energy reforms have mostly been discussed from the perspective of oil and gas production, but industry experts are also hoping the changes will prove transformative for Mexico’s electric power industry.  More »

Judge rules BP was grossly negligent in oil spill

A federal judge on Thursday ruled that BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico four years ago was the result of gross negligence or willful misconduct by the London oil company.  More »

Halliburton reaches $1.1 billion Gulf spill settlement

Halliburton said Tuesday it reached a $1.1 billion settlement with a majority of plaintiffs who sued the Houston oil field service company in the wake of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Hilcorp drops bid to force drilling on holdouts

The Houston-based company had sought to use a 1961 Pennsylvania law to drill under the property of a few holdout landowners in New Bedford, near the Ohio border north of Pittsburgh.  More »

Green Dragon Gas settles with ConocoPhillips for $40 million

Green Dragon Gas Ltd., a Chinese producer of coal-bed methane gas, has agreed to pay ConocoPhillips a $40 million arbitration settlement to end a contract dispute.  More »

Plaintiffs likely to appeal ruling in BP Atlantis case, lawyer says

An attorney for plaintiffs who sued BP for $256 billion said Thursday he expects to appeal a federal judge’s decision to throw out a lawsuit over alleged safety compliance issues at one of BP’s deep-water production platforms.  More »

Tanker reappears on tracking system, and it’s still in the area

A tanker of oil at the center of a dispute between Kurdistan and Iraq apparently is still in Galveston-area waters despite two days of absence from maritime tracking systems.  More »

Cyberattacks on energy companies create new insurance needs

A Houston litigator whose specialties include insurance issues says cyberattacks are presenting energy companies with new insurance needs.  More »

Exxon Mobil to pay civil penalty for 2012 oil spill

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday the company will pay the penalty to resolve the government’s claim.  More »

Guest commentary: Eight steps to plug cybersecurity holes

Since governmental guidelines and voluntary practices of today can quickly turn into the requirements of tomorrow, the oil and gas pipeline industry can prepare now.  More »

Judge tosses suit claiming BP misled regulators about Gulf platform

Plaintiffs who brought a $256 billion lawsuit against BP have “no facts” to back up their claim the company misled regulators about the safety of a deep-water production platform, a federal judge has ruled.  More »

Kansas town loses bid for new trial over BP pollution suit

The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday rejected the request from residents and officials of Neodesha, who sued in 2004 for more than $478 million in cleanup costs plus damages.  More »

Feds say firm pumped up stock with false claims about fracturing technolgy

Houston-based Chimera Energy and four individuals pumped up the company’s stock prices by falsely claiming to have technology for a water-free alternative to hydraulic fracturing, federal regulators allege.  More »