Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, blocked an attempt in the Senate Thursday to quickly approve a bill from Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., that would have raised the cap on private companies' liability for economic damages stemming from oil spills from $75 million to $10 billion.
A federal appeals court has scrapped an attempt by a number of environmental and local interest groups to stop Shell Oil Corp. from drilling oil wells in Alaska's Chukchi and Beaufort seas, upholding the U.S. Department of the Interior's approval of the oil giant's plans.
BP PLC has decided to deploy a 6-inch-wide tube that “loosely resembles a coat hanger” to capture oil leaking from a pipe at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico before it tries a containment dome referred to as “the top hat,” a company spokesman said Thursday.
A federal judge has declined to award New York tens of millions of dollars in prejudgment interest, dating to February 2002, on top of a jury's award of $105 million against Exxon Mobil Corp. for polluting water with the gas additive methyl tertiary-butyl ether.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule Thursday requiring large industrial facilities that emit at least 75,000 tons of greenhouse gases per year to submit to carbon control regulations beginning in January 2011 to minimize such emissions.
Continuing its expansion into energy law, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has picked up an energy partner with a specialty in project finance from Ballard Spahr LLP.
In a win for the Sierra Club, a Wisconsin appeals court ruled Thursday that a coal-fired power plant must limit visible pollutants from its main smokestack, though the court rejected calls for tighter controls on other emissions.
The judge overseeing the lawsuits against the Tennessee Valley Authority over a 2008 coal ash sludge spill has given plaintiffs' attorneys the green light to depose CEO Tom Kilgore about his knowledge of the dike failure that caused the spill.
Facing pressure from their insurers, several Transocean Ltd. units moved Thursday to limit to about $27 million their potential liability for the BP PLC-operated Deepwater Horizon rig blast that has spewed thousands of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
The climate change bill unveiled Wednesday by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., was touted as a compromise that could attract bipartisan backing, but skepticism abounds as to whether it will actually become law.
President Barack Obama on Wednesday sent Congress a comprehensive legislative package to address the causes and consequences of the BP PLC-operated oil rig spill, including measures to speed relief for environmental and economic damage and significantly increase oil spill liability statutes.
With 29 of its miners dead and its safety record under serious scrutiny, Massey Energy Co. could be facing a crush of lawsuits, but the onslaught of litigation, if it materializes, will likely evolve over time, experts say.
McGuireWoods LLP has boosted its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-related practice by nabbing Noel Symons from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., has asked the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to put a hold on Massey Energy Co.'s mining permit application for a recently acquired site in the state pending the resolution of worker safety issues following a fatal explosion at a mine in West Virginia.
A federal judge has dismissed Intrepid Potash-New Mexico LLC's challenge to a Bureau of Land Management decision to allow a petroleum company to drill oil and gas wells on land containing potash deposits in southeastern New Mexico.
Oil industry executives tied to the growing BP PLC oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico were hammered for the second straight day Wednesday by federal lawmakers, who expressed frustration at the apparent lack of preparation for mitigating environmental damage and the companies' continued efforts to deflect blame.
The ongoing oil spill from the BP PLC-operated Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico has sparked a spate of legislative responses in the U.S. Senate, with new bills aiming to raise the cost of drilling on the outer continental shelf and ratchet up monetary penalties for spill-related damage.
Comprehensive climate change legislation set to be unveiled Wednesday by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., would reduce carbon emissions 17 percent by 2020 and give states a greater financial stake in offshore drilling activity.
Energy Transfer Equity LP announced Tuesday it would pay $300 million to buy a stake in Regency Energy Partners LP from General Electric, making ETE the general partner of both Regency and Energy Transfer Partners LP.
New Hampshire's highest court has affirmed a trial court's denial of North Atlantic Refining Ltd.'s jurisdictional challenge to a product liability and negligence suit over pollution stemming from the state's importation of gasoline containing now-banned methyl tertiary-butyl ether.