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Judge demands explanation for three-decade delay on energy lease

A frustrated U.S. District Judge Richard Leon called the delay “troubling” and a “nightmare” during a recent court hearing.
A drilling rig in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pennsylvania wants record fine against Texas drilling firm

A state department says methane was detected in private water supplies and a stream following drilling and hydraulic fracturing at a Lycoming County site in 2011. It cited the company in 2013 and again in May for failing to repair the well and devise a remediation plan.

PetroTiger’s former co-CEO avoids prison in bribery case

The sentence came a day after he pleaded guilty in federal court in Camden, New Jersey, to conspiring to bribe an official at Colombia’s state-controlled oil company, Ecopetrol SA.
Workers remove the drill pipe on the drilling floor of Development Driller III, which drilled the relief well and pumped the cement to seal the Macondo well, the source of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill, in the Gulf Of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Sabine Oil & Gas skips $21 million interest payment

Sabine is just the latest U.S. oil producer to show signs of financial stress in the oil market crash. Oil producers Quicksilver Resources, Dune Energy, BPZ Resources and American Eagle Energy have all filed for bankruptcy protection this year.
A Chesapeake Energy storage tank near Dilley, Texas. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

Chesapeake Energy seeks dismissal of nonprofits’ lawsuit

Chesapeake Energy is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit that alleges it took oil and gas from a property without a lease agreement with the owners.

Colorado energy companies take trespassing claims to court

Encana Corp. has sued WPX Energy, saying WPX knowingly drilled a well that passed horizontally through Encana’s mineral estate in the Parachute Creek area without getting Encana’s permission.
President Barack Obama speaks at Everglades National Park to call attention to climate change on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 near Homestead, Fla. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel/TNS)

Appeals court tosses suits challenging Obama climate change plan

The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a temporary setback to opponents of the plan who are expected to renew their legal attack once the regulation is finalized later this year.
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Exxon to get federal money for WWII-related cleanup

Exxon Mobil Corp. will get help from the U.S. government in paying for clean up costs at two refineries that produced billions of gallons of aviation fuel for allied forces during World War II and the Korean War.
Man looking through office blinds

COMMENTARY: Silence is not golden when it comes to whistleblower law

The recent federal action against Houston-based KBR for an overly broad confidentiality clause that could stifle whistleblowing employees reverberated through the corporate corridors of America.
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Judge merge suits from a trio of states contesting new federal drilling rules

That lawsuit filed by the Independent Petroleum Association of America and Western Energy Alliance against Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and others is now the lead case. The state of Wyoming along with Colorado and North Dakota filed the other lawsuit.