January 29, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
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 ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by Valerie Howell
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 ...[read more]
January 16, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
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 ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Valerie Howell
An Argentinian federal prosecutor on Wednesday accused Argentina's president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, of being involved in covering up Iran's involvement in a 1994 terrorist attack. The bombing of the Argentinian Jewish Mutual Association is said to have been one of the country's worst ...[read more]
January 9, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
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 ...[read more]
January 7, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) on Wednesday reached a settlement in a lawsuit concerning the Niger Delta oil spills of 2008. The settlement, totaling USD $84 million, will be divided between 15,600 individuals who will receive $3,300 each as compensation for losses caused by the spills. The remaining ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
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 ...[read more]
December 29, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
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 ...[read more]
December 28, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
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 ...[read more]
December 9, 2014
by William Helbling
The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a settlement with BP resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The case arises from a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit last March. BP claims that under the terms of the settlement they are forced to pay ...[read more]

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