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An executive for oil giant BP testified today that he personally worked to improve the company’s safety culture in the years leading up to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that killed 11 workers and dumped millions of...more
Oil giant BP launched its defense today in the civil trial over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, calling to the stand an offshore drilling expert who testified that BP adhered to industry standards throughout the...more
An engineer for Halliburton testified today that he wouldn’t change a thing about the cement blend he recommended for oil giant BP’s Macondo well, site of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion....more
An executive for the owner of the doomed Deepwater Horizon oil rig testified today that though the rig was “not flawless” when it experienced a blowout and explosion that killed 11 workers, “overall it was in really good...more
Lawyers for oil giant BP and the state of Alabama told a federal judge today that they intend to file for sanctions against Halliburton for its handling of cement samples in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig...more
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier dismissed claims today against the contractor that supplied oil giant BP with drilling fluid, but denied most other dismissal requests from defendants in the civil trial over the Deepwater...more
An oil well drilling expert testified today that oil company BP “played fast and loose” with government safety regulations by falsifying the well pressure data it presented to federal regulators.
Dr. Alan Huffman, a...more
On September 21, 2012, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the Alaskan village of Kivalina against 23 energy companies. Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp., 2012 WL...more
In light of sprawling, complex and costly toxic tort claims, courts are turning to case management mechanisms to expedite the resolution of these claims. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16(c)(12) provides the courts with the...more
A state court judge in Denver, Colorado, recently dismissed a toxic tort action brought against three entities involved in the drilling and completion of natural gas wells in Silt, Colorado. The case, Strudley v. Antero...more
Soon after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, environmental groups launched wide-ranging challenges to all phases of offshore oil and gas exploration and development. They filed lawsuits against the...more
The development of natural gas wells using hydraulic fracturing technology—fracking — has grown exponentially and increased natural gas reserves to record levels. Hydraulic fracturing requires the discharge of significant...more
Owners of land on which petroleum underground storage tanks are located are responsible for the cleanup of gasoline released (In re Huntington and Kildare Inc. v. Grannis, N. Y. App. Div., No. 512100, 11/3/11). Huntington and...more
BP accused Halliburton of destroying evidence that could be important in the litigation over responsibility for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (In re: Oil Spill, E.D. La., No. 2:10-md-2179, 12/5/11). BP questioned whether a...more
In Dutch. De productie en het gebruik van kernenergie voor vreedzame doeleinden brengen, ondanks de strenge veiligheidseisen, gevaren met zich, bestaande in exceptionele risico's voor mens, dier en milieu. Op zichzelf genomen...more
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