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Keystone Bill Sent to Nebraska Governor

Opponents of TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline accused Nebraska legislators Wednesday of bowing to the Alberta-based pipeline company’s interests after the lawmakers solidly approved legislation 44-5 to allow the pipeline to traverse the state.

April 13, 2012

Pemex Expands Gas Condensate Theft Litigation

Legal action by the exploration and production unit of Mexico’s Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) against companies accused of trafficking in stolen natural gas condensate got bigger Tuesday when the company filed another lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston that added defendants Pemex had unsuccessfully sought to add to an existing lawsuit.

April 12, 2012

BP Accuses Feds of Withholding Macondo Spill Evidence

BP plc on Thursday accused the U.S. government of withholding evidence that could show that the Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) two years ago was smaller than federal officials claim.

April 2, 2012

Judge Orders Competency Exam for Bomb Suspect

A federal judge has ordered that a 40-year-old Oklahoma man accused of planting a homemade explosive device under a natural gas pipeline be given a mental health competency exam to determine if he is fit to stand trial.

August 23, 2011

ALJ Designated for Expedited Tuscarora Complaint Hearing

FERC Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Michael J. Cianci Jr. has been tapped to hear the Section 5 complaint case in which Tuscarora Gas Transmission is accused of significantly overrecovering its cost of service, thus making its current transportation rates “unjust and unreasonable.”

June 7, 2011

GasMart 2011: CFTC’s Dodd-Frank Rules Called Rushed

Industry officials last Wednesday accused the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) of rushing the rulemaking process under the Dodd-FrankWall Street Reform Act, and said the proposed rules issued so far are too prescriptive.

May 16, 2011

GasMart 2011: CFTC’s Dodd-Frank Rules Called Rushed

Industry officials Wednesday accused the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) of rushing the rulemaking process under the Dodd-FrankWall Street Reform Act, and said the proposed rules issued so far are too prescriptive.

May 13, 2011

Range to Depose EPA in Contamination Case

Range Resources unit Range Production Co. may depose an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official on Tuesday (Jan. 25), a federal judge in Austin, TX, has ruled. The agency has accused the company of contaminating water wells with its Barnett Shale drilling activities, a claim Range disputes.

January 21, 2011

Judge Orders EPA to Be Deposed in Range Case

Range Resources unit Range Production Co. may depose an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official on Tuesday (Jan. 25), a federal judge in Austin, TX, has ruled. The agency has accused the company of contaminating water wells with its Barnett Shale drilling activities, a claim Range disputes.

January 21, 2011

People

An upstate New York man accused of bilking investors out of $35 million in a Ponzi scheme involving oil and gas exploration in Kentucky and Tennessee is dead from an apparent suicide. Ashvin Zaveri, 71, late last year was charged with 16 counts of money laundering and mail and wire fraud dating back to 2003 (see NGI, Dec. 21, 2009). Zaveri shot himself on a park bench in the Rochester, NY, suburb of Mendon, the Associated Press reported. Zaveri had been expected to plead guilty to tax and fraud charges in September. He faced six to eight years in prison.

September 6, 2010