People — Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General (AG) Kathleen Kane has been sentenced by a county judge to 10-23 months in prison after she was convicted of felony perjury charges and abuse of office for her role in leaking grand jury testimony to a Philadelphia newspaper (see Shale Daily, Aug. 19). The sentencing on Monday (Oct. 24) caps Kane’s rise and fall after she was elected in 2012. Kane sparred with the oil and gas industry during her tenure, for, among other things, filing criminal charges against XTO Energy Inc. for a spill at a drilling site, as well as a royalties-related lawsuit against Chesapeake Energy Corp. (see Shale Daily, Aug. 5; Dec. 9, 2015). Bruce Beemer now serves as AG.

October 24, 2016

Texas Court Grants ExxonMobil Right to Examine Massachusetts AG Records

ExxonMobil Corp. won a partial victory Thursday after a Texas district court judge opened the door to allow Massachusetts Attorney (AG) General Maura Healey’s internal phone records and depositions be examined regarding a multi-state investigation into whether the oil major intentionally hid research concerning the impact of its operations on the environment.

October 14, 2016

House Science Committee Squabbles on State AGs’ Refusal to Turn Over ExxonMobil Documents

House Republicans and Democrats on the Science, Space and Technology committee sparred Wednesday about whether they have the legal authority to require state attorneys general (AG) to give them documents related to an investigation of ExxonMobil Corp.’s climate change research.

September 14, 2016

ExxonMobil Wins Skirmish in Climate Change Probe as Virgin Islands AG Withdraws Subpoena

ExxonMobil Corp. has scored a win in the wide-ranging inquiry into its climate change research, with the Virgin Islands Department of Justice agreeing to withdraw a subpoena that was requesting years of internal documents.

June 30, 2016

PA DEP Secretary Resigns Amid Email Scandal

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Christopher Abruzzo, along with the agency’s top attorney, resigned on Thursday following a rapidly unfolding scandal involving sexually explicit emails that were exchanged among dozens of former and current staffers in the state attorney general’s office.

October 3, 2014

New CFTC Chair Massad Taps Former Federal Prosecutor to Head Enforcement

One week after the U.S. Senate confirmed the Obama administration’s appointment of Timothy Massad as the new chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), he got down to business on Wednesday by naming Aitan Goelman as the agency’s director of the Division of Enforcement.

June 10, 2014
Legal Maneuver Launched to End New York Fracking Delay

Legal Maneuver Launched to End New York Fracking Delay

An attorney hired by two companies navigating their way through bankruptcy court has demanded that the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) complete a supplemental generic environmental impact statement (SGEIS) on high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) within two weeks or face additional legal proceedings.

December 3, 2013

Obama Taps Environmental Lawyer for Interior Post

President Obama Wednesday announced his intent to nominate a prominent Washington, DC, attorney with extensive experience in environmental law to a high-level position in the Department of Interior.

November 7, 2013


Wyoming Gov. Matt Meadhas namedBridget Hillas director of theOffice of State Lands and Investments, which is involved in, among other things, associated wellhead natural gas flaring and coalbed methane leases (seeDaily GPI,June 20, 2012). Hill, who was an attorney for the lands office for six years, replacesRyan Lance, who is moving to the private sector. The office supports the state’s Board of Land Commissioners and the Loan and Investment Board, which are composed of the top five elected officials, including Mead.

October 3, 2013

Incoming Secretary Seeks Transparency at Pennsylvania DEP

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which includes under its regulatory umbrella much of the state’s natural gas and oil industry, needs to open its doors wider to public scrutiny, said acting DEP secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo.

September 27, 2013
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