Air regulators sue SoCal Gas over months-long well leak

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Regional air regulators sued the Southern California Gas Co. on Tuesday, seeking penalties that could surpass $25 million for a monthslong natural gas leak that is blamed for sickening neighbors and has prompted a mass evacuation of a San Fernando Valley neighborhood.

Opinion: SLAPP — a Potent Legal Ploy to Silence Environmentalists

William Potter
The ability to countersue opponents of development projects can strike at the heart of their First Amendment rights. SLAPP stands for “Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation.” It works this way: A developer applies for zoning and other land-use permits to build a facility.

State of Colorado high court hears cases on city oil and gas fracking bans

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Justices hear oral arguments in long-running tussle between local and state government power Posted: 12/09/2015 09:28:25 AM MST Updated: 12/09/2015 09:28:30 AM MST Colorado Supreme Court justices Wednesday are hearing oral arguments on Front Range city efforts to limit oil and gas industry activity inside their boundaries – a step toward resolving a long-running tussle between local and state government power.

Energy firms ask Oklahoma judge to toss earthquake lawsuit

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Two energy companies asked a judge Wednesday to throw out a lawsuit by an Oklahoma woman who claims she was injured in an earthquake caused by the injection of wastewater deep into the ground – a long-used method to dispose of the chemical-laced byproduct of oil and gas production.