The BBC is reporting that the United States government has filed suit against BP Exploration and Production, Inc., claiming that the company (among others, also named in the suit) failed to take necessary precautions to keep the Macondo well under control in the period leading up to the 20 April explosion. According the the BBC, the suit filed asks that BP be held liable – without limitation – for all clean-up costs and damages associated with this summer’s oil spill.
Attorney General Eric Holder has openly claimed that “violations of safety and operational regulations” were the root causes of April explosion, and names 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 in the suit.
The accusations against BP are summed up, below.
- 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
Halliburton and Cameron, the companies that cemented the Macondo well, were not targeted in the lawsuit.