23 Feb '12, 4pm

BP May Be Liable For Billions In Civil Damages For Gulf Oil Spill, Judge Rules

BP May Be Liable For Billions In Civil Damages For Gulf Oil Spill, Judge Rules

Deepwater Horizon Response /CC BY-ND 2.0 Remember all that back and forth about how much oil really spilled during the Gulf Oil Spill , whose estimate was more accurate, BP's, the US government's, independent estimates? The significance of all that has just come into high relief following a ruling by Judge Carl Barbier in US District Court in New Orleans. Judge Barbier has ruled that BP and Anadarko Petroleum are liable for civil damages from the Gulf Oil Spill under the Oil Pollution Act and Clean Water Act. BP and Anadarko own 65% and 25% of the Macondo Well, respectively. Reuters quotes Judge Barbier: Anadarko and BP were the ones directly engaged in the enterprise which caused the spill. If Congress envisioned that the owner of the offshore facility would have to respond to an oil spill such as this one, then it is logical that they would also be the party upon whom th...

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