Energy

  • June 14, 2007

    OSHA Steps Up Safety Efforts

    Moving to step up safety enforcement in the petroleum industry after being criticized for its oversight, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is planning to launch investigations into work conditions at refineries across the country.

  • June 14, 2007

    Calpine Wipes Away $1.1B In Claims

    A federal bankruptcy judge has blessed a deal that Calpine Corp. reached earlier with landlords for two of its power plants in New England, allowing the energy provider to shed $1.1 billion in claims in its Chapter 11 case.

  • June 14, 2007

    Food Reps Blast Biofuel Hikes In Energy Bill

    Before taking steps to boost the country's renewable biofuel supplies, the U.S. Senate should note that diverting corn away from farmers could impact the meat supply and adversely affect forests, water and public health, a group of food industry representatives has said.

  • June 15, 2007

    Senators Battle Over Fuel Economy Increases

    Policymakers allied with the auto industry proposed an amendment Thursday that would weaken the strict fuel economy standards originally included in this year's energy bill.

  • June 15, 2007

    Fired Engineer Drops Some Claims Against Chevron

    A petroleum engineer who sued Chevron Corp. after she was fired while on medical leave has asked a court to toss her claims alleging gender and race discrimination.

  • June 15, 2007

    Companies Approach $10M Natural Gas Settlement

    A group of energy companies accused of artificially raising the price of natural gas in California moved a step closer to a $10.3 million settlement Wednesday when a judge filed a proposed final settlement in a massive antitrust class action against them.

  • June 13, 2007

    EU Begins Probe Of France's Electricity Sector

    The European Commission said Wednesday that it had opened a formal investigation into whether the French power industry benefited from artificially low electricity prices.

  • June 13, 2007

    Congress Pushed To End FERC, MMS Dispute

    Three major offshore renewable energy companies have asked Congress to resolve a dispute between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Department of the Interior over who should oversee their projects.

  • June 13, 2007

    Attorney Taps Glut Of BP Blast Testimony

    Adding to the ongoing publicity feeding frenzy surrounding BP PLC's 2005 Texas City refinery blast, plaintiffs' attorney Brent Coon posted hundreds of pages of reports, statements and interviews online Tuesday following a judge's orders that the materials be made public.

  • June 13, 2007

    Senate Mulls RPS Amendment To Energy Bill

    Though a requirement that utilities supply a specific percentage of electricity from renewable energy sources is already law in 22 states, a newly introduced bill in Congress would turn the “renewable portfolio standard” into federal legislation.

  • June 13, 2007

    Energy Bill Approved, Critics Dismayed

    Critics are crying foul after the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee passed a bill touted by supporters as striking a balance between energy needs and the harmful effects of climate change, and blasted by detractors as a petty political ploy that will stymie efforts to harvest oil and natural gas in the U.S.

  • June 13, 2007

    Nevada Power To Pay $60M To Reduce Emissions

    Sierra Pacific Resources subsidiary Nevada Power Co. will pay $700,000 and add $60 million in upgrades to one generating station in order to reduce emissions and comply with the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday.

  • June 13, 2007

    Cabot To Pay $10M To Settle Carbon Black Case

    Cabot Corp. has decided to settle the federal class actions accusing the company and other specialty chemicals manufacturers of fixing prices for carbon black sold in the United States.

  • June 14, 2007

    Ruling Impinges On Bankruptcy Code, Lawyers Warn

    Though the Supreme Court made no mention of bankruptcy law when it allowed private parties to sue for expenses they incurred while voluntarily cleaning contaminated sites, attorneys say it subjected reorganized companies to additional environmental liability claims.

  • June 12, 2007

    Advocates Seek Stiffer Penalties Against Alcoa

    Two public citizen groups have appealed a district court judge's ruling in their case against Alcoa Inc., in which they accuse the aluminum maker of violating a consent decree forcing the company to build a more ecofriendly electric plant, a project that also involved TXU Power.

  • June 12, 2007

    EU May Probe France's Electricity Sector

    The European Commission reportedly confirmed Tuesday that it is contemplating an investigation into whether the French power industry benefited from artificially low electricity prices.

  • June 12, 2007

    Fulbright Lassoes Energy Veteran For L.A. Office

    Energy powerhouse Fulbright & Jaworski LLP has added another seasoned attorney to its ranks, snagging an environmental and energy partner from Christensen, Glaser, Fink, Jacobs Weil & Shapiro LLP to join the firm's Los Angeles office.

  • June 12, 2007

    Senate Takes Up Energy Bill

    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday began officially debating an energy bill that, as it stands now, would boost domestic renewable fuel supplies, enhance energy efficiency and invest in carbon capture and storage technologies.

  • June 12, 2007

    Utility Pays $2M To Settle FERC Charges

    Cleco Power LLC on Tuesday agreed to pay $2 million to settle claims by federal energy officials that the Louisiana-based energy company illegally shared information and personnel between its power marketing and generation affiliates.

  • June 12, 2007

    Ameren Reservoir Breach Looks Fishy To PSC

    Just weeks after Missouri's attorney general dropped a criminal investigation into a 2005 reservoir breach, the staff of the Public Service Commission made plans to open its own probe into alleged suspicious activity by utility Ameren Corp.