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District Court Rules for Enbridge in Line 5 Dispute with Michigan

District Court Rules for Enbridge in Line 5 Dispute with Michigan

Enbridge Inc. has won a procedural round in its defense of the 540,000 b/d Line 5 after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer attempted to shut the Canadian oil conduit’s dual-pipe crossing of the Straits of Mackinac. U.S. District Court Judge Janet Neff of the Western District of Michian agreed with Enbridge that legal aspects of the…

November 17, 2021
California Court Strikes Down Monterey County’s Ban on New Oil, Gas Drilling

California Court Strikes Down Monterey County’s Ban on New Oil, Gas Drilling

A Northern California county has lost an appeal to curb oil and natural gas development following an appeals court ruling. Monterey County voters in November 2016 approved Measure Z, a ballot initiative to prohibit new drilling activities in unincorporated areas. San Ramon, CA-based Chevron Corp. and other producers then filed a lawsuit, arguing the county…

October 18, 2021
Shell Vows to Appeal Dutch Ruling to More Quickly Slash CO2

Shell Vows to Appeal Dutch Ruling to More Quickly Slash CO2

Royal Dutch Shell plc is vowing to appeal what it called a “disappointing court decision” after a Dutch court ruled the energy major had to reduce its carbon emissions in 2030 by 45%, sharply more than planned. Shell has set a goal to reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by the end of the decade…

May 27, 2021
Dakota Access Shutdown Avoided (For Now) as Appeals Court Grants Administrative Stay

Dakota Access Shutdown Avoided (For Now) as Appeals Court Grants Administrative Stay

Crude oil can continue to flow on the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued an administrative stay of a lower court’s July 6 order vacating the pipeline’s water-crossing permits. The purpose of the stay, according to the appeals court, “is to give the court sufficient opportunity…

July 15, 2020

Latest Act 13 Ruling Seen Having Few Implications For PA Oil/Gas Industry Operations

A decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday that again struck down parts of the state’s oil and gas law, known as Act 13, was applauded by environmental advocates, while the energy industry and others met it with indifference, saying the opinion won’t have much effect on daily operations.

September 29, 2016

MA Court Ruling Sets Off New Round of Debate at FERC Over Access Northeast

The Aug. 17 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruling that invalidated contracts on the Access Northeast pipeline expansion has set off a new round of debate as the project’s backers vie for FERC approval of a crucial tariff revision.

August 30, 2016

Second California Utility Accused of Ex Parte Violations With Regulators

A regulatory commission judge in California on Wednesday issued a ruling accusing a second major utility, Edison International’s Southern California Edison Co. (SCE), of up to 10 unreported ex parte communications over a 15-month period. It could result in up to nearly $34 million in fines for the utility.

August 6, 2015

BP, Anadarko Macondo Appeal Rejected by Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by BP plc and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. over federal water fines related to the 2010 Macondo oil spill, which means the producers face billions in fines that could be levied any day.

June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Rejects BP, Anadarko Appeal Regarding Macondo Penalties

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by BP plc and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. over federal water fines related to the 2010 Macondo oil spill, which means the producers face billions in fines that could be levied any day.

June 29, 2015

Nebraska Supreme Court Ruling Removes Keystone XL Roadblock

Developments over the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline continued on Friday, after the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that a law granting Gov. Dave Heineman the power to approve the pipeline’s route through the state could stand.

January 9, 2015
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