OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug 4 (Reuters) – A judge presiding over the divorce case of Oklahoma oil
billionaire Harold Hamm closed the courtroom to the public on Monday, the trial’s opening day,
saying he feared that private business information to be discussed at trial would harm Hamm’s
company, Continental Resources.
Oklahoma County Court Judge Howard Haralson asked journalists and others without a direct
interest to exit the courtroom before attorneys began opening statements. Haralson said he would
allow public access to parts of the trial that don’t address Continental’s confidential
information. The case is expected to divide a fortune tied up in Hamm’s 68 percent stake in
Continental, worth more than $19 billion.
NEW YORK, Aug 3 (Reuters) – For years, Continental Resources, the largest oil driller in the
booming Bakken Shale formation, touted the hard work of its CEO and founder, Oklahoma
billionaire Harold Hamm, as “a driving force” behind the company’s success.
“Over the course of the Company’s history, Mr. Hamm has successfully grown the Company
through his leadership skills and business judgment,” Continental’s annual 2013 proxy filing to
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed new safety rules for hauling crude oil by rail after a string of explosive accidents, in a move that could impact railroads, drillers, refiners and railcar makers amid an energy boom.
The draft rules, which are subject to a 60-day public comment period, come as regulators respond to a 50-fold hike in crude-by-rail cargoes since 2008, and more than a dozen accidents that have tarnished the lucrative new shipping trend.
NEW YORK, July 17 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama aimed a
direct blow at Russia’s economic heart on Wednesday with
sanctions on Rosneft, the flagship oil giant that
generates more than 4 percent of the world’s crude and over 8
percent of the country’s GDP.
But in a change of tack from previous similar efforts, the
measures were narrowly tailored to slowly starve the state-run
energy firm of U.S. dollar funding, not bar it from doing
business with oil buyers such as BP or stymie
multibillion-dollar ventures with firms like ExxonMobil,
(Reuters) – As many as 44 trains loaded with volatile Bakken crude oil are being sent through the state of New York each week, according to confidential disclosures made by railroads to state emergency responders, and released to Reuters through a Freedom of Information Law request.
The disclosures come as New York and other states grapple with health and safety risks posed by a recent surge in oil-by-rail cargoes, following at least six fiery derailments of trains carrying Bakken oil in North America since last July.
ATLANTA, June 5 (Reuters) – Michigan’s attorney general
filed felony racketeering and fraud claims against Chesapeake
Energy Corp. on Thursday, alleging the company canceled
hundreds of private land leases under false pretenses following
a short-lived oil and gas boom in the state in 2010.
The charges, filed in Michigan state court in Cheboygan,
allege Chesapeake, through its leasing agents, victimized
private landowners in northern Michigan by falsely claiming
mortgages on their properties were a legitimate basis for the
lease cancellations. Landowners were previously told the
mortgages were not a problem, the state alleged.
May 25 (Reuters) – Albany, New York Sheriff Craig Apple
assured a room of concerned citizens that county emergency crews
were prepared to handle an oil-train accident involving three or
four tank cars.
Firefighters have been training to combat railcar fires with
foam, and evacuation plans are detailed in a 500-page emergency
response plan, Apple told residents in a May 12 address.
(Reuters) – An unexplained blast this week at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in rural Washington state, which injured workers, forced an evacuation and raised alarm about a potentially large second explosion, could focus attention on the risk of storing massive gas supplies near population centers.
The Monday incident at Williams Co Inc’s massive gas storage site is a rare safety-record blemish among the dozens of U.S. LNG plants and storage sites, including towering tanks in packed neighborhoods of New York City, and near Boston.
NEW YORK, March 20 (Reuters) – Minutes after the U.S.
government said Thursday it would punish the Russian co-owner of
the world’s No.4 private oil trading firm Gunvor SA with
crippling sanctions, traders and bankers active in global oil
markets began asking urgent questions.
Could the sanctions, which prohibit U.S. banks, individuals
and companies from doing business with Russian billionaire
Gennady Timchenko or firms he controls, possibly freeze the
Geneva-based trading empire that Timchenko co-founded out of
global commodity markets? Skittish counterparties and financiers
scrambled for details, fearing they could be left exposed.
(Reuters) – Oil and gas giants Chesapeake Energy and Encana Corp. were charged on Wednesday with colluding to keep oil and gas lease prices artificially low in the state of Michigan, the state Attorney General Bill Schuette said.
The announcement follows a lengthy investigation by Schuette’s office into whether the firms — the biggest land leasers during a speculative oil and gas leasing boom in Michigan’s Collingwood Shale region during 2010 — colluded to avoid prices from rising as they acquired land leases from landowners.