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Aug 28, 2013

Arkansas homeowners settle suit charging fracking wastewater caused quakes

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Five Arkansas residents who sued two oil companies claiming wastewater disposal wells from fracking caused earthquakes that damaged their homes settled with the companies for an undisclosed sum on Wednesday, according to U.S. court documents and the plaintiffs’ lawyers.

Several similar suits against the two companies, Chesapeake Energy’s operating subsidiary and BHP Billiton, remain active in federal court in eastern Arkansas, though those may also be settled, the lawyers said.

Aug 27, 2013

Insight: Arkansas lawsuits test fracking wastewater link to quakes

GREENBRIER, Arkansas (Reuters) – Tony Davis, a 54-year-old construction worker in central Arkansas, said he welcomed the boom in natural gas drilling that brought jobs and new businesses to his hometown starting about a decade ago. But that was before the earth shook.

In 2010 and 2011, the quiet farming town of Greenbrier, Arkansas, was rattled by a swarm of more than 1,000 minor earthquakes. The biggest, with a magnitude of 4.7, had its epicenter less than 1,500 feet from Davis’s front porch. “This should not be happening in Greenbrier,” Davis recalls thinking. He said the shaking damaged the support beams under an addition to his home.

Aug 27, 2013

Arkansas lawsuits test fracking wastewater link to quakes

GREENBRIER, Arkansas, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Tony Davis, a
54-year-old construction worker in central Arkansas, said he
welcomed the boom in natural gas drilling that brought jobs and
new businesses to his hometown starting about a decade ago. But
that was before the earth shook.

In 2010 and 2011, the quiet farming town of Greenbrier,
Arkansas, was rattled by a swarm of more than 1,000 minor
earthquakes. The biggest, with a magnitude of 4.7, had its
epicenter less than 1,500 feet (450 meters) from Davis’s front
porch. “This should not be happening in Greenbrier,” Davis
recalls thinking. He said the shaking damaged the support beams
under an addition to his home.

Aug 13, 2013

BP sues U.S. government over contract suspensions after oil spill

NEW YORK (Reuters) – BP Plc is suing the U.S. government for barring the British oil giant from obtaining new federal contracts after the company pleaded guilty to charges related to the 2010 rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in southern Texas, claims keeping the ban in place risks causing the company “irreparable harm.”

Jul 26, 2013

Halliburton plea may help BP in spill liability battle

By Braden Reddall and Mica Rosenberg

(Reuters) – BP Plc appeared to gain an edge in the battle over liability for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill on Friday, after Halliburton abandoned one of its arguments that tried to paint the British major as unconcerned about well safety.

Halliburton, which did the cementing work for BP’s well, on Thursday pleaded guilty to destroying evidence of internal tests it conducted showing there was no difference between the effectiveness of putting six or 21 casing centralizers on the well.

Jul 26, 2013

Appeals court upholds $105 million Exxon payout in New York City case

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld a ruling against Exxon Mobil Corp ordering the company to pay $105 million in damages for polluting New York City’s groundwater with a toxic gasoline additive.

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a 2009 jury verdict that found Exxon contaminated water supply wells when methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) leaked from its underground storage tanks in the borough of Queens.

Jul 26, 2013

U.S. appeals court upholds $105 mln Exxon payout in NYC case

NEW YORK, July 26 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday
upheld a ruling against Exxon Mobil Corp ordering the
company to pay $105 million in damages for polluting New York
City’s groundwater with a toxic gasoline additive.

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a 2009
jury verdict that found Exxon contaminated water supply wells
when methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) leaked from its
underground storage tanks in the borough of Queens.

Jul 26, 2013

U.S. appeals court upholds $105 mln Exxon payout in NYC case

NEW YORK, July 26 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday
upheld a ruling against Exxon Mobil Corp ordering the
company to pay $105 million in damages for polluting New York
City’s groundwater with a toxic gasoline additive.

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a 2009
jury verdict that found Exxon contaminated water supply wells
when methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) leaked from its
underground storage tanks in the borough of Queens.

Jul 18, 2013

XTO Energy agrees to pay $100,000 fine for fracking spill

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) subsidiary agreed to pay a $100,000 fine for spilling wastewater from a natural gas drilling site in Pennsylvania that polluted a local river, U.S. regulators said on Thursday.

In a statement announcing the fine, the U.S. Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency also said XTO Energy Inc XTO.TG, which was acquired by Exxon in 2010, would also be expected to spend about $20 million to improve wastewater management near its gas wells that use fracking in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Jul 12, 2013

U.S. court says biofuel producers must face carbon emissions rules

By Mica Rosenberg

(Reuters) – Biofuel producers will be subject to rules regulating carbon emissions, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday, in a decision hailed by environmental groups.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated a three-year deferral put in place in 2011 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that temporarily exempted paper and wood product manufacturers and ethanol producers from curbing the release of greenhouse gases.

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