In an opinion filed on September 16, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed that St. Paul Lines Insurance Co. must cover Weiser-Brown Operating Company’s $2.3 million in damages associated with a blow-out of a gas well and pay another $1.2 million for violating the Texas Prompt Payment Claims Statute in failing to promptly pay the claims. (more…)
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in United States v. CITGO Petroleum Corp., No. 14-40128 (5th Cir. September 4, 2015), reversed the district court’s convictions of Citgo Petroleum Corp. (Citgo) for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The alleged violations arose from Citgo’s waste water treatment program at its Corpus Christi oil refinery, where Citgo utilized oil-water separators, equalization tanks, and secondary treatment systems to process oil refinery wastewater. (more…)
Update: On September 10, the Texas Railroad Commission concluded that these small earthquakes that occurred near Azle, Texas likely were not caused by drilling operations conducted by EnerVest Operating LLC.
The Texas Railroad Commission has concluded that small earthquakes that occurred near Azle, Texas, from late 2013 through spring 2014 likely were not caused by drilling operations conducted by XTO Energy Inc., an Exxon Mobil Corp. subsidiary. The Railroad Commission regulates the exploration and production of oil and natural gas in Texas. The Commission’s primary responsibilities include protection of surface and subsurface water; preventing waste of oil and gas resources; and ensuring all mineral interest owners have an opportunity to develop their fair share of the minerals underlying their property. (more…)