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  1. Duke Energy Settles Lawsuit Involving Osprey Acquisition

    By Editors of Power Engineering   Duke Energy has settled with the U.S. government to resolve a lawsuit alleging the utility committed a technical violation of federal antitrust law in its recent acquisition of the Osprey Energy Center.   The natural gas-fired Osprey plant in Auburndale, Fla. was acquired by Duke from Calpine Construction Finance Co. for $166 million in a deal completed on Jan. 3 of this year. Along with the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Florida Public Service Commission approved the deal.   At issue in the suit brought by the U.S. Justice Department was the date on which Duke sought FTC antitrust approval for its acquisition of Osprey—Jan. 30, 2015. The Justice Department holds that Duke should have sought FTC approval four months earlier when the utility signed a separate contract with the plant’s previous owner. Under this contract, Duke agreed to purchase electricity from Calpine during the period in which it awaited federal approval of the acquisition.   Duke maintains it sought FTC approval on the correct date and was in compliance with the relevant federal statue as it was widely interpreted by most companies at the time.   As part of the settlement, Duke admitted no wrongdoing or liability, but agreed to pay a $600,000 civil penalty to finalize the case and avoid costs associated with continued litigation.   The settlement is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

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    Wed, 18 Jan 2017

  2. Coal News: Settlement approved for coal mines owned by governor-elect

    A federal judge has approved a settlement requiring pollution reductions and a $900,000 civil penalty by Appalachian coal mines owned by West Virginia Governor-elect Jim Justice.

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    Sat, 17 Dec 2016

  3. 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

  4. 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

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

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    Wed, 20 Jul 2011

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

    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.

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    Sat, 3 Dec 2016

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

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

    Phone, cable and utility companies in New York may no longer charge early termination fees when service has been discontinued due to the death of a customer.

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  7. 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

  8. 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

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