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#1 7 years ago

BBC News - Gulf of Mexico oil leak: US sues BP over oil disaster

The US is suing BP and eight other firms for allegedly violating federal safety regulations in connection with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The lawsuit asks that they be held liable without limitation for all clean-up and damage costs.

The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion in April killed 11 workers and spilled millions of barrels of oil over several months.

The oil leak became the worst environmental disaster in US history.

The lawsuit charges the companies under the US Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Act.

US Attorney General Eric Holder said the complaint alleged that "violations of safety and operational regulations" caused the 20 April explosion.

The companies targeted in the lawsuit are BP Exploration and Production Inc, Anadarko Exploration & Production LP, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC, Triton Asset Leasing GMBH, Transocean Holdings LLC, Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc, Transocean Deepwater Inc and insurer QBE Underwriting Ltd/Lloyd's Syndicate 1036.

The key accusations are:

Failing to take necessary precautions to keep the Macondo well under control in the period leading up to the 20 April explosion Failing to use the best available and safest drilling technology to monitor the well's conditions Failing to maintain continuous surveillance Failing to use and maintain equipment and material that were available and necessary to ensure the safety and protection of personnel, equipment, natural resources and the environment "We intend to prove that these defendants are responsible for government removal costs, economic losses and environmental damages without limitation," Mr Holder said.

"As investigations continue, we will not hesitate to take whatever steps necessary to hold accountable those responsible for this spill," he added.

Halliburton, the company that cemented the Macondo well, and Cameron International, which provided equipment for the well, were not targeted in the lawsuit.

But the justice department said on Wednesday that the investigation into the oil spill was ongoing and that more defendants and charges could be added to the lawsuit.

Mr Holder did not specify a timetable for legal proceedings, instead saying the US would move as quickly as possible in the matter.

Charges disputed Transocean disputed the charges brought by the government, saying that it should not be held liable for the actions of others.

"No drilling contractor has ever been held liable for discharges from a well under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990," the company said in a statement.

"The responsibility for hydrocarbons discharged from a well lies solely with its owner and operator."

Before the White House's announcement on Wednesday, more than 300 lawsuits had been filed related to the spill and consolidated in federal courts in New Orleans.

People working in the fishing and tourism industries, as well as the owners of restaurants and various properties along the Gulf of Mexico, were among those involved in the suits.

The latest news in the BP disaster follows the federal government's decision not to open new areas of the coast along the eastern Gulf and Atlantic to drilling.

Eleven workers on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig were killed by the explosion on 20 April, and hundreds of miles of coast were polluted before the leaking well was closed off in July.

Sigh... How exactly is this possible given that the failed blowout valve was created by an American company (which will not be sued?)

All I know is that this is just going to cause more trouble for the UK economy as a result of the USA managing itself terribly...




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#2 7 years ago

While it is Also HB's fault, it was overall BP's responsibility for choosing and allowing low grade standards.




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#3 7 years ago

This is why both a completely socialist system and a completely free market don't work - for basically the same reasons. Human nature.

While a socialist system fails because it doesn't provide sufficient incentive for high productivity, a free market fails for the opposite extreme - there isn't sufficient incentive to maintain safety and environmental standards (that hurt your profit margins). Without careful regulations, big businesses will take shortcuts and put their employees at unecessary risk, all in the name of more profit.




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#4 7 years ago
Mihail;5438541While it is Also HB's fault, it was overall BP's responsibility for choosing and allowing low grade standards.

The bias against the British in letting American companies get away with it entirely is shameful. This is a stunt by obama to try and get some popularity on a unifying issue among the americans, in hoping that he can create the illusion of progress in deficit reduction by getting a few billion off BP. However, the effects it'll have on stock markets will screw that up for sure and possibly leave Americans even worse off. The disaster was absolutely awful but Americans should accept some responsibility. As it is, they're doing exactly what they're always doing and taking no responsibility and pinning it entirely on someone else. BP does have some responsibility, but companies like Halliburton are getting away with it entirely...




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#5 7 years ago

Then what do you suggest? That BP be allowed to just walk away from the disaster, and not be required to foot the bill in repairing the damage?

Just because other companies get away with shameful behavior doesn't excuse BP from their own careless policies.




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Joe Bonham;5438618Then what do you suggest? That BP be allowed to just walk away from the disaster, and not be required to foot the bill in repairing the damage?

Just because other companies get away with shameful behavior doesn't excuse BP from their own careless policies.

I didn't say BP should get away with anything. My irritation is with American companies getting away and foreign companies being sued. It's discrimination and these companies shouldn't be getting away with it. Indirectly, this is classic protectionism, defending American business and blaming things entirely on the foreign businesses. Protectionism is what started the great Depression. It's a very bad economic policy to use during a recession. it'll only make the economic situation worse. This will have a big effect on BP's shares on the FTSE, and will no doubt affect shares in New York.

I'd want to see American businesses treated as they should be as well as foreign businesses. Of course, Halliburton will just pay off the USA and carry on doing what they do...




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#7 7 years ago

BP was in charge which is why they got sued. If BP feels that they aren't responsible they will have their chance to explain in court, after all they haven't been found responsible yet. Furthermore the majority of the companies being sued are headquartered in the US. Further furthermore, if BP feels that a company was negligent and didn't adequately do what they were hired to do they can probably sue that company.




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#8 7 years ago

The majority of BP's shareholders as I recall are Americans.