Scott Angelle, BSEE Director, Favors Meetings with Oil Industry Donors to His Past Campaigns

An investigation by The New York Times’ Eric Lipton released March 10th, 2018, describes how the industry-tied Director of the U.S. offshore safety enforcement bureau has cut safety and environmental regulations on the oil industry. New details of that story, released by Documented, reveal that the Director of the Bureau for Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has …

Exxon’s 10-K fails to acknowledge climate litigation risk, adds new section on reputational risk

This week, Exxon Mobil (XOM) released its 2017 10-K report. While news of Exxon abandoning joint projects with Rosneft — and the corresponding $200 million after-tax loss —  dominated the headlines, two overlooked items may bear serious consequences for the company. Exxon failed to acknowledge the serious risks posed by ongoing climate litigation and investigations. …

Texas Oil and Gas Lobbyist Presentation Reveals Pro-Industry Bent of 2017 Legislation

During a recent presentation to an oil and gas legal symposium in Austin, TX, industry lobbyist Benjamin Sebree provided an unusually frank assessment of how the industry fared during the 2017 Texas legislative session. In his presentation, which took place on February 2, 2018, Sebree outlined how multiple bills adopted during the past legislative session directly benefited …