Category: Legal issues

House panel approves subpoena on Solyndra loan

A Republican-led House panel has agreed to subpoena White House documents related to Solyndra Inc., the failed California solar company that received a half-billion-dollar federal loan.  More »

Security firm says hackers targeted chemical companies

Cyber attacks traced to China targeted at least 48 chemical and military-related companies in an effort to steal technical secrets, a U.S. computer security company said Tuesday, adding to complaints about pervasive Internet crime linked to this country.  More »

Halliburton conducting internal investigation of Angola business

Halliburton Co., the world’s second- largest oilfield-services provider, said it’s conducting an internal investigation of its Angolan operations after receiving an anonymous e-mail alleging violation of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  More »

SEC lowers the bar for telling investors of cyber threats

There used to be a lot of gray area surrounding just how much companies needed to tell their investors about threats from cyber attack. A new interpretation of the existing rules lowers the bar threshold for what needs to be reported significantly.  More »

Oil traders enter into plea deal with feds over LyondellBasell case

Clyde Meltzer and Bernard Langley pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud as part of a scheme to defraud refiner LyondellBasell out of millions of dollars.  More »

El Paso shareholder sues over merger

The Pipefitters Local Union No. 537 Trust Funds contends the El Paso board violated its duty to get the best price for the stock, according to a Delaware Chancery Court complaint.  More »

Anadarko to pay BP $4 billion to settle spill claims

Anadarko CEO calls the deal the “right action for our stakeholders” that avoids the risk of larger costs later.  More »

Anadarko settles spill claims with BP for $4 billion

Anadarko will pay BP $4 billion to be free of all future liabilities related to the deadly Deepwater Horizon accident and ensuing oil spill.  More »

Houston refiner pleads guilty to environmental crimes *update*

A kiddie pool, a flare gun from Walmart and bypassed emissions controls were all part of normal operations at a Lake Charles, La. refinery owned by Houston-based Pelican Refining, according to the EPA. The company has agreed to pay a $12 million fine for environmental regulations and lying to investigators.  More »

Cybercrime becomes bigger threat to energy industry than terrorists

In the past energy industry security was all about terrorist threats to facilities and overseas kidnappings. These days cyber espionage is the bigger problem.  More »

Transocean accused of not honoring spill subpoenas

Transocean must comply with subpoenas issued by the Chemical Safety Board in its investigation of the Deepwater Horizon accident, the Justice Department says in a Houston lawsuit.  More »

Residents sue Exxon for Yellowstone River oil spill

Several landowners whose property was damaged when an ExxonMobil Corp. pipeline spilled oil into the Yellowstone River have filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages for long-term harm to their property and businesses.  More »

Responders must train for hybrid, electric car rescues

With all-electric and hybrid vehicles, or cars with both combustion engines and battery packs, becoming more prevalent, fire departments across the country have instituted new courses to instruct personnel on the potential hazards they may encounter at a motor vehicle accident.  More »

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 »