Energy

  • July 3, 2008

    Transcor And Petrobras Fight Over Texas Refinery

    Belgian oil trading and refining company Transcor Astra Group SA and Brazilain oil company Petrobras are fighting over an oil refinery in Pasadena, Texas.

  • July 2, 2008

    EU Plans Rigorous Probe of Mining Deal: Report

    European antitrust regulators reportedly expect their investigation into the possible impact of the proposed $170 billion merger of mining giants BHP Billiton Ltd. and Rio Tinto Plc to take longer than usual and cover a longer time period.

  • July 2, 2008

    High Court Won't Stay Ruling On BP Blast Plea

    The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a request by victims of a deadly explosion in 2005 at BP PLC's Texas City, Texas, plant to stay an appellate judge's ruling on whether a $50 million plea is enough for the oil company.

  • July 1, 2008

    U.S. Gives DuPont, ConocoPhillips $52M For Cleanup

    A district court judge has approved a settlement in which the federal government agreed to pay E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co. and ConocoPhillips Co. to resolve a decade-long dispute over the companies' claims for environmental cleanup costs.

  • July 1, 2008

    PG&E Counsel Sanctioned In Spent Nuclear Fuel Case

    A judge has imposed sanctions against counsel for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for violating the terms of a protective order in litigation against the federal government stemming from the long-delayed opening of the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository.

  • July 2, 2008

    Iraq Sues 93 Over Oil-For-Food Corruption

    Two Texans and dozens of large companies are among 93 defendants in a wide-ranging lawsuit filed last week by the Iraqi government in connection with the 1990s oil-for-food program.

  • July 2, 2008

    Plaintiffs' Expert Can Tout MTBE's Dangers: Judge

    Residents of a New York town who sued a group of oil companies as part of the multidistrict litigation over methyl tertiary-butyl ether will be allowed to put a doctor on the stand to testify that the gasoline additive is a probable human carcinogen, a federal judge has ruled.

  • June 30, 2008

    High Court Rejects $20.7M Pollution Award Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused Friday to hear an appeal of a nearly four-year-old pollution case that awarded several Georgia state residents more than $20.7 million against a manufacturer of carbon black.

  • June 30, 2008

    Nossaman Merges With D.C. Firm

    Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP will join forces with a Washington, D.C.-based law firm that specializes in environmental lobbying, health care and infrastructure work.

  • June 30, 2008

    Supreme Court To Hear Alaska Mine Tailings Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court said on Friday that it will review an Alaska case involving the discharge of mine tailings into U.S. waters.

  • July 1, 2008

    Georgia Court Denies Air Permit For Coal Plant

    A proposed coal-fueled generating plant in Georgia, the first in more than two decades, was stalled on Monday after a county judge refused to grant energy company Dynergy an air-pollution permit for the project.

  • July 1, 2008

    D.C. Circuit Rebuffs Petition For EPA Deadline

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has refused to set a deadline for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to comply with a Supreme Court ruling that allowed the agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles.

  • June 27, 2008

    House Bill Directs CFTC To Use Emergency Powers

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday directing regulators of U.S. commodity markets to employ their emergency authority to investigate and curb excessive speculation in the energy markets, which some have blamed for skyrocketing oil prices.

  • June 27, 2008

    Calpine Battles Employee's Bid For Incentive Bonus

    Recently reorganized power company Calpine Corp. is fighting efforts by a high-level employee to get his hands on an $870,000 end-of-year bonus, saying the company is well within its rights to deny such perks.

  • June 27, 2008

    Plaintiffs Demand Le Carbone Data In Antitrust Suit

    Plaintiffs including Delphi Corp. are seeking to compel Le Carbone Lorraine SA and its two U.S. units to turn over documents related to findings by U.S. and European authorities as they build their case alleging antitrust violations in the electrical carbon market.

  • June 27, 2008

    U.S. Jail Time Suspended For British Cartel Members

    A district judge has suspended the U.S. sentences of three energy executives serving prison terms in the United Kingdom for participating in an international marine hose cartel.

  • June 27, 2008

    BP Blast Victims Ask High Court To Stay Plea Deal

    Victims of a deadly 2005 explosion at BP Plc's Texas City, Texas, plant have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to delay a lower court decision on a plea agreement they say imposes too small a fine on the energy giant.

  • June 27, 2008

    Deal In Massey Energy Derivative Suit Gets Court OK

    A West Virginia judge has approved a settlement in a derivative shareholder suit that accused defendants including coal producer Massey Energy Co.'s Chief Executive Don Blankenship of breaching their fiduciary duty by failing to ensure that the company complied with environmental and worker safety-related laws and regulations.

  • June 26, 2008

    FERC Preapproves BP-Conoco Alaska Pipeline Project

    The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted prefiling approval to the Denali natural gas pipeline project on Alaska’s North Slope jointly proposed by BP Plc and ConocoPhillips Co., allowing the consortium to start working on a proposal for the project.

  • June 26, 2008

    FERC Must Review Power Contracts: Supreme Court

    Affirming an earlier decision by a federal appellate court, the U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to re-evaluate its decision not to modify certain contracts assigned at the height of California's 2000-2001 energy crisis.