Category: Legal issues

Md. man charged in $9M plot to sell fuel credits

Federal prosecutors say a criminal information has been filed charging a Perry Hall man with selling renewable fuel credits when his company did not produce any renewable fuel.  More »

Texas officials says EPA regulations based on “flawed science”

Tougher ozone standards that President Barack Obama withdrew in early September and their purported health benefits touted by the Environmental Protection Agency were based on flawed science, a Texas official charged today.  More »

Exxon Mobil says jury’s gas-leak damages award was excessive

Exxon Mobil Corp. said it shouldn’t be forced to pay more than $1 billion in punitive damages over a 2006 gasoline leak in Maryland that allegedly fouled residents’ drinking water.  More »

Obama has no regrets about Solyndra loan

President Barack Obama said he does not regret a $528 million loan to a solar energy company that later collapsed, saying officials always knew a clean energy loan program would not back winners 100 percent of the time.  More »

Pa. would let counties set gas drilling fees

Gov. Tom Corbett released a plan for Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom that would allow the state’s counties to impose a fee on drilling to help pay to regulate it and fix environmental damage in communities where it is happening.  More »

Koch brothers flout law with secret Iran sales

In May 2008, a unit of Koch Industries Inc., one of the world’s largest privately held companies, sent Ludmila Egorova-Farines, its newly hired compliance officer and ethics manager, to investigate the management of a subsidiary in Arles in southern France. In less than a week, she discovered that the company had paid bribes to win contracts.  More »

ERCOT to pay fines for 2008 errors

Texas’ main power grid operator will pay $384,000 in fines for failiing to meet federal reliability standards several times in 2008.  More »

Russian-born industrialist made $1.2B in Lyondell buyout

The $22B merger of Lyondell and Basell, a unit of Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries Holdings, drove Lyondell to bankruptcy in 2009 while boosting the billionaire’s riches, according to creditors. See who else they say got more than $100 million in the deal.  More »

Cyber attacks on U.S. utilities, industries rise

U.S. utilities and industries face a rising number of cyber break-ins by attackers using more sophisticated methods, a senior Homeland Security Department official said during the government’s first media tour of secretive defense labs intended to protect the nation’s power grid, water systems and other vulnerable infrastructure.  More »

FBI probing Solyndra for possible fraud

Solyndra LLC, the solar-panel maker that filed for bankruptcy protection two months after executives extolled its prospects, is being investigated by the FBI for accounting fraud, an agency official said.  More »

Houston electric bills will rise another $2.20 per month in 2012

Houston-area electric customers will pay an additional $2.20 per month for the next 14 years to cover CenterPoint Energy’s costs for the switch to a deregulated power market in Texas.  More »

U.S. knew Solyndra violated loan before new deal

The Energy Department knew Solyndra LLC was violating terms of its U.S. loan by December and agreed to keep providing taxpayer support for the solar-panel maker that filed for court protection nine months later.  More »