Chron Energy Items: 1.8.08

Some of the energy related stories in today’s Houston Chronicle.
Shell sued over Deer Park refinery emissions:Environmental activists filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Shell Oil on behalf of citizens, saying state and federal environmental officials failed to enforce the Clean Air Act at the company’s Deer Park plant.
Ethanol study touts value of switchgrass: A new study bolsters the case for making ethanol from switchgrass, a plant native to North America that grows up to nine feet tall in dense brushy patches and can thrive in a range of climates.
Jury lets BP off the hook in Kansas cleanup case: BP won’t have to pay additional money to clean up pollution from a refinery in Neodesha, Kan., a jury said Monday.
Law firm seeks $688 million for Enron work: The California law firm that led the effort to gain the largest civil securities settlement in history in massive Enron shareholder litigation wants $688 million for its work.
Judge rejects request to return executive to jail: A judge rejected an Enron prosecutor’s push to throw a former Merrill Lynch & Co. executive back in prison for Enron-related crimes even though three of those convictions have been overturned.
Briefs: Mulva Ok’d for GE Board, Exxon Baytown reports year-long spill.