UPDATE 1.30pm: ERM Power has turned up the heat on Empire Oil & Gas by releasing a statement today advising the market that the company had not responded to a series of questions it had asked.
ERM, which has requisitioned a shareholders meeting for a vote on the removal of three of four Empire directors, has queried the company about the employment contract of managing director Craig Marshall and the company's decision to afford legal indemnity of directors in a defamation case against shareholders.
ERM said it had not received a response to its questions in the timeframe provided but would continue to seek a response.
Empire has already accused its 10 per cent shareholder of an attempted takeover by stealth, a claim denied by ERM.
ERM's grievances centre on Empire's management of the Red Gully gas and condensate plant near Gingin, which was commissioned over budget.
The company is chasing details from Empire about the company's recent decision to put Mr Marshall on a new five-year contract, with a base salary of $360,000 and short and long-term bonuses.
ERM also wants details about the legal fees indemnity Empire is providing its directors over a defamation action against a number of Empire shareholders who criticised the company on social media sites.
Empire's annual report showed its legal fees rose tenfold last financial year to $676,593.
Empire is obliged to schedule a shareholders meeting before Wednesday, November 27.
Empire shares closed down 0.1 cent, or 6.25 per cent, at 1.5 cents while ERM shares were off half a cent to $2.655.