The first round of depositions in the multidistrict litigation over the Deepwater Horizon disaster will take place in New Orleans, despite pleas from BP PLC to hold them at its offices in Houston.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement on Monday announced it had moved to allow Shell Offshore Inc. and 12 other oil and gas firms to resume deepwater drilling activities in the Gulf of Mexico without having to wait for certain environmental reviews.
A federal judge on Monday shot down a suit brought by two environmental groups challenging amendments to West Virginia's program implementing the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, ruling that the U.S. Department of the Interior had properly approved the changes in 2008.
Gasco Energy Inc. and Monarch Natural Gas LLC have reached a $350,000 settlement in the U.S. government’s Clean Air Act case over emissions at a natural gas production facility in Utah.
Alcoa Inc., CSX Transportation Inc., Ford Motor Co. and 10 others have agreed to collectively pay more than $14 million to help fund the cleanup of contaminated soil and groundwater at a former oil-reprocessing operation in northwest Indiana.
A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked an effort by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to bring Texas' air permitting program partially under the agency's control, saying it needed to further review the state's claim that the action violates the Clean Air Act.
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has settled a suit over air pollution at state prisons brought by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, agreeing to make improvements to coal-fired boilers at the facilities.
Mining company Freeport-McMoRan Corp. has agreed to pay New Mexico $13 million to resolve allegations that hazardous substances from its mines ended up in groundwater in the southwestern part of the state.
Union Pacific Railroad Co. has filed suit against Shell Oil Co. in an effort to force the energy giant to help pay for environmental cleanup costs at a Louisiana scrap yard.
From Honolulu to Boston, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has initiated or intervened in dozens of actions against cities whose aging and overwhelmed municipal sewage systems spill pollutants into U.S. rivers, lakes and streams, with sewer upgrades accounting for four of the top 10 environmental settlements of the year.
While a split Congress is unlikely to pass much environmental legislation in 2011, attorneys will be watching closely to see what greenhouse gas and other regulations come from the Obama administration — and whether emboldened Republicans push back against them.
Though climate change suits will once again take center stage in the upcoming year, environmental lawyers say they are also closely following oil spill, endangered species, invasive species, renewable energy and other litigation.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to lift a ban on planting engineered alfalfa seeds was among the most significant environmental rulings of 2010, but circuit courts' rejection of the use of nuisance lawsuits to regulate climate change ranked as the most watched development, with attorneys expecting companies to face more litigation over greenhouse gas emissions in the years to come.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced a new policy Thursday that expands the powers of the Bureau of Land Management in the wake of a 2003 court settlement that restricted the agency's authority.
Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. agreed Thursday to pony up $2.5 million to satisfy U.S. government demands that they chip in to clean up land once used as an airbase in Moses Lake, Wash., but the government itself will pay the bulk of the costs at $55 million.
A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that an $18 million fine against natural gas provider Southern Union Co. for illegally storing mercury at a Rhode Island facility wasn't excessive.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to help local utilities test for chromium-6 — a likely carcinogen — in drinking water, on the heels of a study that found 31 U.S. cities faced high levels of chromium-6 contamination in their tap water.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday agreed to move forward with greenhouse gas pollution standards for fossil fuel-based power plants and petroleum refineries as part of a pair of settlements in a federal appeals court with states and conservation groups.
Stephen Baldwin has accused Kevin Costner and others of scheming to deny him his rightful stake in a joint-venture to sell oil cleanup devices to BP PLC, claiming Costner's bloc bought out his interest while hiding the fact that BP had agreed to a $52 million purchase order.
Congress has approved legislation that would stick the federal government with the bill for “reasonable service charges” to local governments managing stormwater runoff pollution from federal facilities, putting it on the hook for the same mitigation fees paid by private citizens and businesses.