Tribal Cooperation Sought to Move Trans Mountain Expansion Forward

A retired Supreme Court of Canada judge, Frank Iacobucci, has been appointed to lead a native affairs team seeking tribal cooperation with the suspended Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project.

October 3, 2018
Wyoming Judge Ices BLM Natural Gas Venting/Flaring Rule

Wyoming Judge Ices BLM Natural Gas Venting/Flaring Rule

Just six weeks after a federal judge in California ruled that parts of an Obama-era rule governing associated natural gas flaring and venting on public and tribal lands should take effect, a federal judge in Wyoming on Wednesday reversed course and issued a stay, giving the Trump administration more time to revise or rescind the rule.

April 5, 2018

Federal Judge Denies Challenge to BLM Venting/Flaring Rule

A federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming on Monday denied a request by several oil/gas producing states for a preliminary injunction against the Obama administration’s venting/flaring rule, which the states allege duplicates and negates state actions already cutting emissions.

January 17, 2017

California Judge Rejects Enviro Groups’ Challenge to Injection Wells

A California Superior Court judge in Alameda County recently upheld the state’s ongoing program for underground injection control (UIC) wells, which has come under criticism the past two years.

September 27, 2016

Federal Court Strikes Down Pennsylvania Township’s Injection Well Ban

A U.S. District Magistrate Judge has dealt a blow to a southwestern Pennsylvania township’s more than year-long fight to stop an underground injection well from operating inside its borders, striking down an ordinance it passed in June 2014 to ban oil and gas waste disposal wells.

October 19, 2015

Court Hearing Held on COGA Challenges to City Ban on Oil/Gas Drilling

A state district court in Boulder, CO, recently completed a hearing on the oil and natural gas industry’s legal challenges to the Longmont city ban on drilling, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking), within the city. A judge is being asked to invalidate the city ban (see Shale Daily, July 17, 2013).

July 15, 2014
BP Loses Appeal in Split Decision on Macondo Payouts

BP Loses Appeal in Split Decision on Macondo Payouts

BP plc could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after a federal appeals court on Monday rejected a bid in an 8-5 decision that would have allowed the oil major to prevent compensation payments to businesses that had not proved they were harmed directly by the Macondo well blowout.

May 20, 2014

Oral Argument Inconclusive on Colorado Town’s Fracking Ban

A state district court judge in Larimer County, CO, said Wednesday that he will make a decision in the next 30 days following oral arguments in a court case challenging a sixth Colorado city’s attempt to hold a referendum on a moratorium on oil/natural gas drilling, including hydraulic fracturing, within city limits.

December 20, 2013

PG&E CEO: Proposed $2.25B Pipe Penalty May Mean Bankruptcy

PG&E Corp. CEO Anthony Earley in a Wall Street interview Wednesday held out the possibility of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy by the company’s giant San Francisco-based combination utility, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), if a proposed $2.25 billion penalty by state regulatory safety staff is upheld by the five-member California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

August 23, 2013

BP Loses Round in Court over Spill Claims

The New Orleans federal judge overseeing the BP plc multi-district litigation concerning the Macondo well blowout ordered the producer on Wednesday to ante up more than $130 million in fees to continue funding the court-supervised claims administrator.

August 9, 2013
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