Category: Legal issues

Ex-BP engineer isn’t expected to testify at trial

A former BP drilling engineer isn’t expected to testify at his trial on charges he deleted text messages about the company’s response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Texas proposes to take over GHG permitting under Clean Air Act PSD program

Last week the TCEQ issued a proposed rule to allow it to regulate greenhouse gas sources under the Clean Air Act’s Prevention of Significant Deterioration Program.  No surprise here.  Texas business asked the state legislature to “authorize” the TCEQ to do this because it is more streamlined to have one permitting authority, and because of […]  More »

Judge denies mistrial request in spill case

A New Orleans judge ordered jurors to disregard some testimony, but declined to declare a mistrial in the case of a former BP drilling engineer from Katy who is accused of obstruction of justice in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Family of killed pickup rider gets $281M

A Dimmitt County jury has awarded $281 million to the family of a man killed when he was struck by a drive shaft that broke off a truck involved in activity in the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »

BP investors can’t sue as group over losses, judge says

BP ’s U.S. investors can’t pursue as a group claims that the company inflated its shares with misleading statements before and after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a judge ruled, citing a recent Supreme Court decision.  More »

Judge suspends BP spill payments to businesses

A federal judge has temporarily suspended BP oil spill settlement payments to businesses while he reconsiders the company’s arguments against compensating those that cannot trace losses directly to the nation’s worst offshore oil spill.  More »

Oil group sues Colorado cities over fracking bans

The Colorado Oil & Gas Association sued the cities of Fort Collins and Lafayette claiming their voter-enacted bans on the extraction of oil and natural gas are preempted by state laws regulating those resources.  More »

Jury selection continues Tuesday in case against ex-BP engineer

Jury selection began Monday for the Justice Department’s case against a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages and voicemails about the company’s response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Ex-BP engineer who deleted texts heads to trial

Nearly a year after energy giant BP cut a deal to a resolve a criminal investigation of its role in the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, a jury is set to hear the Justice Department’s case against a former company employee accused of trying to stymie the federal investigation.  More »

Russia frees last of Greenpeace detainees

It is unclear whether the foreigners in the group will be allowed to leave Russia before the start of the trial.  More »

Repsol to begin talks with Argentina over YPF settlement

In a meeting Wednesday , board members “analyzed and valued positively” a proposal brokered by the governments of Spain and Argentina, the Madrid-based oil company said in a filing.  More »

Russia: Last Greenpeace detainee granted bail

A Russian court has granted bail to the last of 30 Greenpeace activists who were detained at sea during a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic.  More »