A federal judge on Wednesday ordered BP and U.S. attorneys to meet next month to discuss how the “penalty phase” in BP’s oil spill trial will proceed. More »
A Chesapeake Energy subsidiary has agreed to nearly $10 million in fines and restoration work to settle federal allegations over unauthorized discharges of fill material at more than two dozen natural gas extraction sites in West Virginia. More »
A former BP Plc engineer deliberately destroyed evidence sought by the U.S. for a probe of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico well explosion and oil spill, a federal prosecutor said at the end of a trial in New Orleans. More »
A sparring match between some of the world’s top scientists over how much oil spewed into the sea following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster is heating up as a civil trial is set to resume next month. More »
Environmental groups in Washington State are threatening legal action against rail cars carrying coal dust, alleging that the coal dust is causing environmental damage. More »
BP’s own statements, and analyses prepared by people it hired, may make it difficult to defend itself against billions of dollars more in penalties related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. As a civil trial is set to get under way in federal court Monday in New Orleans over a web of litigation related to the disaster, the U.S. government believes it has an ace in the hole – the British oil giant itself.
The Justice Department on Monday sued Houston-based ATP Oil & Gas Corp. accusing the bankrupt oil producer of illegally discharging oil from a platform in the Gulf of Mexico. More »
The admissions in BP’s criminal settlement may mean it has less chance of avoiding the maximum environmental fines. More »
The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it had hit a Texas-based exploration company with a $2,250 fine for violating requirements for spill prevention at two of its oil production facilities. More »
The House of Representatives on Thursday amended an energy-transportation bill to include language setting aside 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill for restoration efforts. More »
A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed the federal government’s argument that a BP subsidiary violated its probation after an oil spill because of another spill on Alaska’s North Slope. Judge Ralph Beistline also lifted BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.’s probation altogether in a written order issued Tuesday.
A battle is brewing among some House Republicans over a plan to dedicate most of the fines from last year’s oil spill to restoring the Gulf of Mexico. Some key GOP lawmakers today suggested Gulf states are already cashing in on spill payments from BP and funding dedicated to the region after Hurricane Katrina. More »