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Senate approves Keystone XL Pipeline bill
January 30, 2015
The US Senate on Thursday approved the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, which proposes development of a 1,179 mile pipeline for the transmission of crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The Republican-led Senate approved the bill in a 62 to 36 vote, with only nine Democrats joining the Republican....... [more]

Scotland announces moratorium on fracking
January 29, 2015
Scotland announced a moratorium on the granting of permits for unconventional oil and gas extraction, including fracking, on Wednesday amid environmental and health concerns. Energy minister Fergus Ewing told the Scottish parliament that the moratorium will give the government time to investigate th....... [more]

Supreme Court rejects BP executive's appeal
January 26, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in an appeal by David Rainey, a former British Petroleum (BP) executive. Rainey sought to contest the charge of obstruction of justice that arose when he misled Congress about the extent of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The charges against Rai....... [more]

Egypt court orders retrial for policemen connected to 37 deaths
January 22, 2015
Egypt's Court of Cassation on Thursday ordered a retrial for four policemen facing accusations of involuntary manslaughter relating to the deaths of 37 prisoners in a van outside the Abu Zaabal prison in 2013. The prisoners, arrested days before during peaceful protests in support of former presiden....... [more]

Federal judge reduces maximum fine for BP oil spill
January 16, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Thursday reduced the maximum fine that BP will face under the Clean Water Act after he ruled that the size of the offshore oil spill was smaller than what the US government claimed. In the opinion, Federal Judge Carl Barbi....... [more]

Amnesty: Mauritania must release jailed anti-slavery activists
January 15, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) called Thursday for the release of three anti-slavery activists who were jailed in Mauritania. One of the jailed activists is prominent opposition politician Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, who was the runner-up in June's presidential elections. The former presidential candidat....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on religious rights, natural gas
January 13, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Monday. In Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona the court heard arguments on whether the town of Gilbert's content-based ordinance regarding city signs is content-neutral and not discriminatory. The case was brought by the Good News Community Church....... [more]

Nebraska Supreme Court upholds legislation in favor of Keystone XL pipeline
January 9, 2015
The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Keystone XL pipeline route may be approved by Governor Dave Heineman without review by the Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC). This decision came through an appeal "from the district court's judgment that determined L.B. 1161, which the Legisl....... [more]

North Carolina fracking rules challenged
January 6, 2015
Environmental conservation group, Haw River Assembly, filed a lawsuit in the Wake County Clerk of Superior Court in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Monday, seeking to vacate new rules adopted to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in North Carolina, claiming that the lawmaking panel that develo....... [more]

Report: Islamic State executed almost 2,000 people in Syria over six months
December 29, 2014
The Islamic State (IS) executed 1,878 people in Syria over the past six months, reported the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) on Sunday. Of those killed, 120 were members of IS who were foreign fighters trying the leave the ranks and head home. However, the majority of those execu....... [more]

US city files suit against Brazil's Petrobras for securities fraud
December 28, 2014
The City of Providence, Rhode Island filed a class action suit against Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras on Wednesday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. The complaint alleges Petrobras engaged in a fraudulent scheme to inflate the value of the company's net incom....... [more]




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