• March 23, 2009

    Anti-Nuke Group Seeks To Shut Down Bioweapons Lab

    An anti-nuclear activist group has sued the U.S. Department of Energy seeking to halt work at a biotoxin research facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, alleging that the government has not prepared adequate analyses of the facility's environmental impact.

  • March 20, 2009

    Obama Names Picks For Energy, Labor Posts

    President Obama announced Thursday that he has appointed green energy advocate Jon Wellinghoff to serve as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and revealed his nominees for key energy and labor jobs.

  • March 20, 2009

    FERC Reveals Proposed Action Plan For Smart Grid

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has pushed ahead in its effort to create a smart grid for the nation's electrical transmission system, releasing a proposed action plan that sets forth key standards for power plants.

  • March 20, 2009

    Total On Hook For $1B In Claims From Huge UK Blast

    The U.K.'s High Court of Justice ruled Friday that French oil giant Total was responsible for a 2005 blast at a British fuel depot, putting the company on the hook for £750 million ($1.1 billion) in claims related to the biggest peacetime explosion in the history of Europe.

  • March 20, 2009

    Feds Join Challenge Of FERC Decision In LNG Case

    The National Marine Fisheries Service is challenging a decision approving a controversial project for a liquefied natural gas terminal in western Oregon, joining two states and several environmental groups already appealing the case.

  • March 19, 2009

    Colo. Senate Nears Vote On Oil, Gas Drilling Rules

    The Colorado Senate is expected to have a final vote early next week on new natural gas and oil drilling environmental rules after they were approved by a joint legislative committee, putting the rules on a path to go into effect April 1.

  • March 19, 2009

    Energy West Sues US Power Fund Over Loan Deal

    Natural gas distributor Energy West Inc. has sued the United States Power Fund LP for allegedly reneging on an agreement for Energy West to take over a $4.5 million loan the investment fund had provided to another energy company to develop a natural gas pipeline in northern Maine.

  • March 19, 2009

    Bill Would Lower Tariffs On Imported Ethanol

    A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would reduce the tariffs on imported ethanol and ensure parity with the nation’s ethanol blender subsidy.

  • March 19, 2009

    Energy Slump May Force Drilling Cos. Into Bankruptcy

    Oil and gas exploration companies Crusader Energy Group Inc. and Energy Partners Ltd. have warned investors that they are short on cash and overdrawn on certain credit accounts and may be forced to file for bankruptcy protection as they continue to suffer amid reduced consumer demand and the past year’s sudden drop in energy prices.

  • March 19, 2009

    EU Hits Eni With Antitrust Warning Over Gas Pipelines

    The European Commission has sent preliminary antitrust objections to Eni SpA, warning the Italian energy giant that it may have abused its dominant market position by allegedly hoarding capacity in its international natural gas transmission pipelines.

  • March 19, 2009

    Harris Wiltshire Partner Named DOE General Counsel

    President Obama has picked Harris Wiltshire & Grannis LLP managing partner Scott Blake Harris to serve as general counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • March 19, 2009

    Constellation, PPL Settle Emissions Contract Spat

    Utility companies Constellation Energy Commodities Group and PPL Energyplus have settled a dispute over contracts for nitrogen oxide permits that PPL had stopped honoring in light of an appeals court's decision to vacate the Clean Air Interstate Rule.

  • March 24, 2009

    House Urged To Make Offshore Drilling Plan Eco-Safe

    On the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, energy, oceans and ecosystem experts urged members of Congress to safeguard against another eco-disaster in the process of implementing a long-range plan to tap energy sources from the Outer Continental Shelf.

  • March 18, 2009

    Ex-Allegheny Energy Atty Gets Mixed Bag In Bias Suit

    A federal district judge has handed a former senior attorney with Allegheny Energy Inc. a mixed ruling in her bid for summary judgment in a case charging the powerhouse with age and gender discrimination as well as retaliation.

  • March 18, 2009

    Shell Slams Witness List In Nigerian Torture Trial

    The plaintiffs in a case accusing Shell Oil Co. of aiding the Nigerian government in human rights abuses in the 1990s have failed to produce a list of witnesses who allegedly have direct knowledge that the company was involved in the killing and torture, Shell's attorneys say.

  • March 18, 2009

    Valero Picks Up 7 VeraSun Ethanol Plants For $477M

    Oil refiner Valero Energy Corp. is now also an ethanol producer. A bankruptcy court Wednesday approved the company's $477 million bid for seven refineries auctioned by VeraSun Energy Corp., which also sold its remaining nine refineries to secured creditors for $516 million.

  • March 18, 2009

    Mayo To Pay Sandridge $2M In Oil Services Spat

    A federal judge has ordered Mayo Energy Partners LLC to pay more than $2 million as part of an agreed dismissal of a suit brought by Sandridge Energy Inc. that accused the foreign energy company of failing to pay nearly $3 million for oil and gas exploration services performed by Sandridge.

  • March 18, 2009

    RWE To Shed German Gas Network Over EU Worries

    The European Commission agreed Wednesday to accept RWE Group's offer to sell its German gas transmission network to assuage concerns that the company abused its dominant power over the gas markets in that country.

  • March 18, 2009

    Power Co. Can't Alter New Pricing Model: DC Circ.

    A federal appeals court has denied Public Service Electric and Gas Co.'s petition to review Federal Energy Regulatory Commission orders on a new model for pricing electricity, shutting down the power company's bid to alter a provision of the model.

  • March 17, 2009

    Whipstock Settles Drilling Patent Suit V. Key Energy

    Whipstock Services Inc. has settled an infringement suit it filed against Key Energy Services Inc. over a patent that relates to wellbore window milling, and last week filed suits against Schlumberger Ltd. and Smith International Inc. over the same patent.