Category: Legal issues

Chesapeake faces new charges on Michigan leasing

Chesapeake has denied the allegations and has withdrawn from exploration in Michigan.  More »

PG&E expects new indictment over explosion

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. expects to be hit with a new federal indictment next month over a deadly pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban California neighborhood in 2010, a regulatory filing says.  More »

NY top court considers local bans on gas drilling

The cases being argued before the Court of Appeals involve bans in the small towns of Dryden and Middlefield in rural central New York.  More »

Kansas pushes back on lesser prairie chicken

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced Tuesday that he is pushing the federal government to assume some costs for protecting the lesser prairie chicken by expanding incentives for farmers to enroll their land in a longstanding conservation program.  More »

Let the complaints begin…

A day after the roll out of the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas control rule for existing power plants under the CAA, section 111(d), we have the usual complaints from the usual quarters that meeting the requirements will cause wide economic disruption, and that the proposal is not legally consistent with the 111(d) provisions of the […]  More »

Lawyers ask Scalia to throw out BP’s bid to stall spill payments

Plaintiffs’ attorneys on Monday called BP’s latest attempt to suspend oil spill payments “buyer’s remorse” for its $9.2 billion settlement and argued the oil company’s claims of fraud are bogus.  More »

And the Winner is….Cap and Trade

Today the EPA released its rules requiring reductions in greenhouse gases from existing fossil fuel fired electricity generating units (EGUs).  Nominally, the rules call for an overall 30% reduction in these emissions from 2005 by 2030.  The hallmark of the rule is “flexibility” as the EPA looked at the most promising tools for reducing GHGs […]  More »

July 9 hearing set in BP employees’ criminal case

A federal appeals court has set a July 9 hearing in the manslaughter case against two BP employees charged in connection with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 offshore rig workers.  More »

Scalia ruling for BP could grant 6-month freeze on oil spill payouts

A favorable ruling from Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could buy BP at least another six months to avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in disputed oil spill payments to businesses claiming damages from the 2010 disaster, legal experts said Thursday.  More »

Phillips 66 says court supports Sweeny takeover from PDVSA

The International Chamber of Commerce’s Court of Arbitration last month upheld Phillips 66’s right to exercise a call option in 2009 and assume PDVSA’s interest in Merey Sweeny LP, Rich Johnson, a spokesman for the Houston-based refiner, said in an e-mail Wednesay.  More »

BP asks Supreme Court to keep hold on spill payments in place

A federal judge on Wednesday lifted a hold on BP’s oil spill settlement payments to businesses who say the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster wrecked the economy and inflicted big financial losses.  More »

EPA Proposes new “residual risk” rule for refineries

Cross Posted from Center for Progressive Reform Blog: On May 14, 2014, the EPA proposed new rules to control “residual risk” from hazardous air emissions (such as from benzene) at the nation’s petroleum refineries.     The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to calculate whether or not residual risk to human health exists after […]  More »