BP Sues Halliburton for Spill, Again

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 @ 06:01 PM gHale


BP says Halliburton should pay the $42 billion in costs and expenses the oil giant incurred to clean up the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill as the company filed suit against its contractor.

Halliburton cemented the failed well that caused the United State’s biggest offshore oil spill.

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In a U.S. court filing, BP said it was suing to recover costs and expenses from cleaning up the oil spill, lost profits, and “all other costs and damages incurred by BP related to the Deepwater Horizon incident and resulting oil spill.”

It did not specify an amount and it was not clear how the latest suit differed from a previous one brought last year. A BP spokesman declined to put a figure on the costs sought in the latest filing, but said the “documents speak for themselves.”

In April 2011, BP asked a court to award it damages “equal to, or in the alternative proportional to Halliburton’s fault,” to cover clean up costs and government fines BP faces.

The company previously said it expected the costs of sealing the blown out well, cleaning up the damage, compensating those affected and government fines to reach $42 billion.

BP has spent $14 billion in the Gulf Coast region in its response to the spill and set aside $20 billion for economic claims and natural resource restoration, according to its website.

Halliburton officials were not immediately available for comment.

The explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in April 2010, which killed 11 workers and spewed more than 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf, has sparked a slew of lawsuits and federal citations against the companies involved.

BP has already cut deals with its two partners in the doomed Macondo well, Anadarko and Mitsui, which at first refuted their responsibility to contribute to oil spill bill, citing BP’s negligence.

Last month, Cameron International Corp. agreed a $250 million settlement with BP to help pay for costs associated with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, raising hopes that deals between the British oil firm and two other contractors could follow.

Yet settlement agreements with two remaining parties, Halliburton and Transocean, have to date proved elusive.

Transocean, the owner and operator of the Deepwater Horizon rig, and Halliburton, which supplied cement to cap the well, are both facing lawsuits by BP to share the cost of the spill and cleanup, while the two launched lawsuits of their own.



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