BP’s Playing the Blame Game, Goes After Halliburton for $80 Billion

- By Bossip Staff

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the oil rig explosion that claimed the lives of 11 men and resulted in the spillage of millions of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Well, instead paying some sort of tribute to the lives lost and updating the public on what’s been done and/or being done to clean up the mess, BP files a lawsuit against Halliburton for an estimated $80 billion dollars! Nice.

BP Plc has filed for damages totaling more than $80 billion from Halliburton and Transocean a year after the Gulf of Mexico rig explosion that killed 11 workers and spewed millions of barrels of oil into the sea.

Analysts said BP had little chance of winning the cases and was more likely trying to force the companies to settle. Experts said pursuing the lawsuits could further damage BP’s reputation as well as reveal yet more embarrassing details of the way the disaster was handled.

BP’s is seeking more than $42 billion in its suit against Halliburton, which cemented the blown-out well that caused the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It is claiming a similar sum from rig owner Transocean.

“It’s got a fairly low chance of being successful,” said one analyst who declined to be named because of the legal sensitivities around the case. “I get the feeling that there is positioning going on here for a settlement.”

BP said Halliburton concealed critical information which could have prevented the disaster.

BP did not give a figure for how much money it was seeking from Halliburton but asked for damages of up to the total cost of the spill, which BP has put at $42 billion, plus interest, legal costs and punitive damages.

“Halliburton’s improper conduct, errors and omissions, including fraud and concealment, caused and/or contributed to the Deepwater Horizon incident,” BP said in a court filing.

“Halliburton knew and understood it was misrepresenting material information,” BP added.

The suit was filed on Wednesday, one year to the day after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 men. On Wednesday, BP also filed a lawsuit against rig operator Transocean.

Transocean shares were off 6.2 percent, while BP shares traded flat at 0957 GMT, against a 0.3 percent rise in the STOXX Europe 600 Oil and Gas index.

Since the outset of the disaster, BP has sought to blame its contractors, namely Transocean — a plan which PR experts said had damaged its image. The Presidential investigation into the report did criticize these companies but levied most of its criticism against BP.

Halliburton was not immediately available for comment on Thursday.

If nothing else, this is a clear indication of the corporate greed that takes precedence over living beings and the condition of the planet we’re passing along to the next generation. SMH


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  • It's Me

    yeah I heard this crap yesterday! BP continue to take ownership and cough up that cheese to those businesses that lost bread! It’s not like your pocket’s ain’t deep enough!!

  • MR.MAKE.YA.FEELGOOD.(always read the fine print)

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  • Lele

    Typical response from White men in charge. Blame anyone else never take responsibility for their mistakes.

    • ReallyNotINterested

      This sounds like black people instead!

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  • clarrisa

    Now gas is going to $6 a gallon to pay litigation cost!

    • Wendy

      @ clarrisa you are so right, after they go through the litigation process the tab is going to be to the moon, and as said clarissa they will recoup at our expense…… But who didn’t see this coming the blame game in corporate america???

  • SMH

    I think Haliburton bought a company (boots and coots?) that cleans up oil spills within days of the explosion. This sounds like a conspiracy to me.

    • SMH

      aaaaannnd, I heard that haliburton was in charge of checking the safety of the oil rigs before the explosion. These multi-national corporations are trying to make natural resources a scarcity so that they can:
      1. Create some bullshyt (as an alternative to real food) that they can patent and make money off of
      2. Reduce the world’s population by killing the food and economy of poor people
      3. Reap mazzive profits from all of the cell killing/dna mutating, biogenetically altered foods they produce in their labs that give people cancer and other diseases who they can then sell their pharmaceuticals to.

      Like 9/11, these evil bastards create a problem, then offer a solution that somehow benefits them politically and financially. GTFOH; corporations need to go!

  • clarrisa

    BP will hit all kinds of brick walls filing the lawsuit in US courts….the case will go on for 200 years! The british lawyers must be really dumb to file a case against an american company in america.

    • alejandro

      You do know that BP is not a british company…its an international company with 39% of its shares owned by americans and 40% owned by the british and the rest owned by the rest of the world….so the lawyers are most likely going to be American..do some research…

  • Yeti

    What’s the big deal? BP are in the right. They hired these companies to provide critical safety equipment and dig the well and then these companies fu cked up. If you hired some builders to work on your house and then one of their workers fell off the roof would you be responsible?

  • clarrisa

    It’s apparent that you dont get and are making a lame attempt to sound clever. Of course the british lawyers will use their america team but the courts are america. The case will go on forever in our court system. Goggle again and read deeper. Owned by the rest of the world lol

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