Harris County Attorney Files BP Oil Spill LawsuitJuly 3, 2014
This week, Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan filed a BP oil spill lawsuit against ten companies involved in the 2010 oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The suit claims that the companies named as defendants, including BP, Transocean, Halliburton, and seven others, had advance knowledge of troubles with the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Mr. Ryan filed the suit in an attempt to recover compensation for Harris County for the economic losses incurred both during and after the spill.
Poor Decisions Spur BP Oil Spill Lawsuit
The BP oil spill lawsuit also alleges that the companies failed to maintain the defective equipment, that they made poor decisions about operations on board the oil rig and that they engaged in negligent and reckless conduct. Mr. Ryan alleges that the defendant companies’ actions led to the rupture of the Macondo well in April 2010, which caused the Deepwater Horizon rig to explode and spill millions of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Several Jurisdictions Pursue BP Oil Spill Lawsuits
Harris County is not the only jurisdiction pursuing a BP oil spill lawsuit. Several municipalities, including the City of Houston, have filed complaints about the environmental and economic damage caused by the spill. The State of Texas is pursuing their own legal action against BP and other companies who were implicated in the disaster. Almost all of the state, county and municipal suits allege that the oil spill led to continuing damage to the loss of thousands of homes and businesses, which in turn led to a deterioration of the area’s tax base.
Ryan: BP Oil Spill Lawsuit Will Show Defendants’ “Wanton Disregard”
Mr. Ryan stated that Harris county “suffered a significant reduction in economic activity” after the oil spill, including the loss of millions of dollars in business property taxes and hotel taxes. He told a local newspaper that the BP oil spill lawsuit “will demonstrate that the defendants showed a wanton disregard” for the businesses and citizens that rely on the Gulf of Mexico for their livelihood. He also claimed that the defendant companies hid the findings that the equipment used at the Deepwater Horizon rig was not sufficient to control the spill.
Defendants Named in BP Oil Spill Lawsuit
The BP oil spill lawsuit cites ten defendant companies, some of which are subsidiaries of the oil giant. The defendants include BP p.l.c., BP Exploration and Production, Inc., and BP America Production Company. Three divisions of drilling and exploration company Transocean were also named in the suit, including Transocean, LTD., Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, Inc. and Transocean Deepwater, Inc. Other companies named in the suits include Sperry Drilling Services, Hallibruton Energy Services, Inc., Triton Asset Leasing GMBH.
Source: Your Houston News
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