A state appeals court has determined that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission correctly found that Excelsior Energy Inc.'s proposed clean-coal power plant qualifies as an innovative energy project and thus fairly denied the company's bid for approval of a power purchase agreement with a local utility.
The Sierra Club and two other conservation groups have appealed the dismissal of their suit accusing the Tennessee Valley Authority of violating the Clean Air Act by making millions of dollars worth of repairs at a coal-fired power plant without complying with New Source Review requirements.
Mayer Brown LLP has enlisted a former Thompson & Knight LLP partner with a focus on corporate and energy deals in Latin America to ramp up the firm's corporate and securities practice.
About 115 federal lawsuits and additional state court actions have been lodged against BP PLC, Transocean Ltd. and other companies potentially responsible for April's Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico, and experts anticipate that many more are on the way. Here is a rundown of the types of cases out there thus far, including wrongful death, maritime tort, shareholder and statutory environmental.
In response to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Department of the Interior on Wednesday announced plans to split the agency charged with overseeing offshore drilling into three independent units.
With BP PLC's Deepwater Horizon well dumping more oil into the ocean every two days than was spilled in the previous decade, one thing is clear: The rules for offshore drilling will change. The question, though, is to what extent, and whether the clamor for quick action will lead to slapdash rulemaking.
Hunton & Williams LLP has snagged five partners from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP for its global energy project finance team.
A federal judge has awarded Exxon Mobil Corp. nearly $298,000 in attorneys’ fees following the oil giant's win in a breach of contract suit against franchisee Gasprom Inc., but refused to order the defendant to pay expenses.
American Municipal Power Inc. has agreed to permanently retire a coal-fired power plant near Marietta, Ohio, as part of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.
Democratic senators on Tuesday pressured the top U.S. prosecutor to open a possible criminal probe into BP PLC's conduct related to the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The U.S. government and the oil industry are still struggling to deal with the devastating impact of the BP PLC oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, using a controversial type of toxic dispersant that the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration described as "the lesser of the evils."
A bankruptcy court judge has slapped Transocean Ltd. subsidiary Global Santa Fe Corp. with approximately $1.5 million in sanctions for the “vexatious” litigation tactics it employed against Bass Enterprises Production Co. in efforts to avoid liability for more than $180 million in environmental liabilities in Louisiana.
Louisiana fishermen have asked a federal court to supervise BP PLC's payouts of emergency compensation for fishermen in yet another putative class action lodged against the oil giant and others over the ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“Heads will roll” if investigators determine that Minerals Management Service officials pressured scientists to be more friendly toward Big Oil, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar told U.S. senators Tuesday at a hearing on the ongoing Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster.
In response to calls for investigation, President Barack Obama will reportedly establish an independent commission on the BP PLC oil spill that will be similar to panels created in the wake of the space shuttle Challenger explosion and the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island.
A Goldman Sachs Group Inc. subsidiary and a BP PLC unit have been accused of conspiring with SemGroup LP to acquire millions of dollars worth of SemGroup's oil and gas as it spiraled toward bankruptcy in 2008, a scheme that allegedly left the original producers of the oil and gas without full payment.
The response to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster continues to grow, and under some scenarios, oil could still be gushing into the Gulf of Mexico through early August, government and industry officials told U.S. senators Monday.
A lawyer for Ecuadoreans allegedly sickened by Chevron Corp.'s toxic waste has won the dismissal of most of a malicious prosecution suit brought by the oil giant, even though another judge had previously sanctioned him for not verifying his clients' cancer claims.
The Montana Board of Land Commissioners and Arch Coal Inc. are facing two suits alleging that the state leased the coal producer 9,000 acres of state lands with substantial coal reserves without accounting for the impact a strip-mining operation would have on the environment.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has been hit with two new legal actions alleging that he allowed a BP PLC oil drilling platform to operate without critical safety documents, and that he ignored marine-mammal protection laws when approving offshore drilling operations.