The SEC is levying the charges at current Chief Operating Officer David M. Hall and former Chief Financial Officer Paul W. Boyd, who left the company in 2011. The audit team leader at the company’s former independent auditor also was charged.
U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos in Manhattan dismissed the case, agreeing with China’s largest oil and gas producer that the investors failed to make a plausible argument that PetroChina’s annual reports contained statements that were false or misleading at the time they were made.
A federal judge said this week BP has until late August to start processing payments totaling $1 billion to the 400 local governments along the Gulf Coast that were part of the British oil major’s $18.7 billion Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement inked earlier this month.
BP has struck a deal to settle all federal, state and local claims against it for its role in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill for $18.7 billion. It would pay out that sum over 18 years, BP said Thursday.
Oklahoma, a region not known for seismic activity, has experienced a rash of earthquakes since 2009, the same year area oil companies began using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to shatter deep rock layers to extract oil and gas.
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