Felony

Offshore Firm Fined for Operating Unsafe Pipe

A California-based oil and natural gas company was fined $450,000 and sentenced to a five-year probationary period after pleading guilty to one felony count of operating a pipeline offshore Southern California that the Interior Department previously determined was unfit for service, federal authorities said last Monday.

October 6, 2008

Offshore Firm Fined for Operating Unsafe Pipe

A California-based oil and natural gas company was fined $450,000 and sentenced to a five-year probationary period after pleading guilty to one felony count of operating a pipe offshore Southern California that the Interior Department earlier had determined to be unsuitable for service, federal authorities said Monday.

October 1, 2008

Houston Drilling Firm Fined for Using Gulf as Dumping Ground

Rowan Companies Inc., pursuant to a plea agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ), last Tuesday pleaded guilty to three felony counts in a federal court in Beaumont, TX, in connection with the dumping of oil and other pollutants into the Gulf of Mexico by supervisory workers on its Rowan-Midland drilling rig during the period from 2002 through 2004.

October 15, 2007

Houston Drilling Firm Fined for Using Gulf as Dumping Ground

Rowan Companies Inc., pursuant to a plea agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ), has pled guilty to three felony counts in a federal court in Beaumont, TX, in connection with the dumping of oil and other pollutants into the Gulf of Mexico by one of its drilling rigs, Rowan-Midland, during the period from 2002 through 2004.

October 11, 2007

Legal Maneuvers Begin to Erase Lay’s Convictions

A lawyer representing the estate of Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay last week filed a motion to begin the process of erasing Lay’s felony convictions for securities and bank fraud. Lay, 64, who was scheduled to be sentenced in October, suffered a heart attack and died in July (see NGI, July 10).

August 14, 2006

Legal Maneuvers Begin to Erase Lay’s Convictions

A lawyer representing the estate of Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay on Wednesday filed a motion to begin the process of erasing Lay’s felony convictions for securities and bank fraud. Lay, 64, who was scheduled to be sentenced in October, suffered a heart attack and died in July (see Daily GPI, July 6).

August 11, 2006