The other companies being sued include Transocean and Halliburton, the former company of the former Vice President, Dick Cheney. Halliburton was responsible for the cement work at the well site, and they were under contract to BP. Halliburton also does contract work for U.S. wars, so it’s safe to say that Halliburton has a big hand in ruining the environment over an extensive part of the world. The Justice Department is filing suit “without limit” meaning it will attempt to recover billions of dollars. More on this story below.
USA sues BP over Gulf of Mexico oil spill
Corporations, headed by BP and Transocean, are being sued by the US government over the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill earlier this year. . . . .
More than 300 lawsuits have already been launched by fishing and seafood interests, the tourism industry, restaurants and clubs and property owners losing holiday bookings. . . . . .
A US presidential commission examining the disastrous spill reported the explosion and leak resulted from ?questionable decisions and management failures? by three companies: BP, the well owner and operator; Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig; and Halliburton, which provided the well?s cement.
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A team of 40 criminal prosecutors have been investigating the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster for months. The lawsuit, filed in New Orleans court against BP, Transocean, and the rig?s minority owners, says the ?defendants failed to keep the Macondo well under control? and ?failed to maintain continuous surveillance and failed to maintain equipment and material that were available and necessary to ensure the safety and protection of personnel, equipment, natural resources and the environment.? The administration calls for all liability caps to be ignored:
The Obama administration?s lawsuit asks that the companies be held liable without limitation under the Oil Pollution Act for all removal costs and damages caused by the oil spill, including damages to natural resources. The lawsuit also seeks civil penalties under the Clean Water Act.
Earlier this month, President Obama reversed his decision to open new areas to offshore drilling, which had been announced just three weeks before the BP disaster.
Many people wondered why Obama had reversed his earlier decision and now we know why. An oil leak disaster isn’t just an accident, it can be a catastrophe of enormous proportions. The effects last decades after the event, and the damages are in the hundreds of billions of dollars. That supercedes any potential “need” (which [...]
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