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  1. Oil and Gas: Slawson Exploration to resolve ND air pollution claims

      BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Slawson Exploration Company Inc. has agreed to settle alleged Clean Air Act violations stemming from the company's oil and gas production activities in North Dakota including on an American Indian reservation, federal officials said Thursday. As part of the settlement, Slawson Exploration agreed to pay a $2.1 million civil penalty and will spend at least an estimated $2 million to fund environmental mitigation projects, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said. The settlement resolves claims that Slawson Exploration failed to adequately design, operate and maintain vapor control systems on its storage tanks at about 170 oil and natural gas well pads in North Dakota, resulting in emissions of volatile organic compounds — a key component in forming smog or ground-level ozone. "Safe, responsible, and lawful development of domestic energy resources and technology is of great importance to a sustainable future for all Americans," Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden said in a statement. The Denver-based company agreed to improve emission control systems on its oil storage facilities in the Williston Basin. Slawson Exploration said the agreement is not an admission of liability but instead represents a compromise with the EPA "on areas of regulation we interpret differently," the company said in a news release. "We take public health and environmental protection very seriously, which is why our company has been proactive in the evaluation of our oil and gas facilities and implemented a robust inspection and maintenance program well ahead of this announcement," Slawson Exploration president Todd Slawson said. Slawson Exploration's total expenditures on system upgrades, monitoring and inspections are estimated at $4.1 million, federal officials said. Many of the system upgrades already are in place. Many of Slawson Exploration's North Dakota wells are located on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western North Dakota, home to the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes. The proposed consent decree was filed with the U.S. District Court in Bismarck. There will be a 30-day public comment period, and approval is needed by the federal court.

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    Sat, 3 Dec 2016

  2. ONRR to update civil penalty regulations for first time since 1999

    The US Office of Natural Resources Revenue will update its civil penalties on Aug. 1 for the first time since May 1999, the US Department of the Interior agency reported. Legislation, legal decisions, and recommendations from oversight entities drove the need to modernize and improve its civil ...

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    Fri, 29 Jul 2016

  3. Interior slaps BP with $5.2MM civil penalty for false reporting on tribal lands in Colorado

    The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement announced that BP America has been assessed a civil penalty of $5.2 million for submitting “false, inaccurate, or misleading” reports for energy production that occurred on Southern Ute Indian Tribal ...

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    Wed, 30 Jun 2010

  4. Office of Natural Resources collets $1.1MM civil penalty from Chevron

    The Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue has collected a $1.1 million civil penalty from Chevron for improperly claiming transportation deductions on certain leases it holds in the Gulf of Mexico.

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    Wed, 20 Jul 2011

  1. Utilitiy Companies: NY: Utilities can't charge termination fees after death

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  2. Oil and Gas: SEC: Weatherford International oil firm to pay $140M fine

    Oilfield-services company Weatherford International PLC has agreed to pay a $140 million fine to settle government claims that it used fraudulent tax accounting to inflate its earnings.

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    Wed, 28 Sep 2016

  3. Biofuels: Company settles with feds over renewable fuel violation

    A company has agreed to pay $27 million in a settlement over violations of biofuel exports.

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    Fri, 30 Sep 2016

  4. NY: Utilities can't charge dead customers termination fees

    Any provider that violates the rule is subject to a civil penalty of up to $1,000

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  5. Coal News: Gubernatorial hopeful's coal mines settle with feds

    Federal officials have reached a settlement requiring $5 million in upgrades to prevent further pollution by Appalachian coal mines owned by West Virginia gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice.

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    Mon, 3 Oct 2016

  6. NRC proposes civil penalty for CB&I Shaw, cites poor safety culture

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a notice of violation and proposed a civil penalty against Chicago Bridge & Iron. CB&I completed a takeover of the Shaw Group of companies in February. These separate actions stem from complaints filed with the NRC before the takeover was effective.

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    Fri, 19 Apr 2013

  7. Oil and gas: ONRR issues civil penalty to Chesapeake over royalty reports

    The Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue announced it has assessed Chesapeake Energy Company a $428,400 civil penalty for “knowing or willful submission” of inaccurate royalty reports.

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    Wed, 26 Feb 2014

  8. Consol Energy to pay $5.5MM civil penalty , invest $200MM in upgrades for coal mines

    Consol Energy has agreed to pay a $5.5 million civil penalty for Clean Water Act violations at six of its coal mines in West Virginia and spend an estimated $200 million in pollution controls that will reduce discharges of harmful mining wastewater.

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    Mon, 14 Mar 2011

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