The U.S. Department of Justice laid into BP last this week when it filed a court document related to the oil spill. DOJ officials said that BP executives wanted to concentrate blame for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster on “blue collar rig workers” in order to save themselves.
According to the newly public and complete version of the court document, Justice Department lawyers are taking an even harsher tone against BP for the 2010 disaster than previously thought. Since the well was damaged and began spewing oil, the DOJ has made it clear that BP may have to answer for a gross negligence case, tacking a potential $21 billion fine on top of other payments.
For its part BP has vehemently denied liability for the disaster and repeated its position after the recent DOJ filing this week. Despite this denial, the two sides have been in talks about a multibillion-dollar settlement that could cover all outstanding liabilities, some saying that the range is between $15 and $25 billion. Some experts think the aggressive language in the recent DOJ statement makes the chance of a quick settlement seem unlikely.
Specifically, the DOJ papers mentioned a key well pressure test, saying that the way it had been “so stunningly, blindingly botched in so many ways, by so many people, demonstrates gross negligence.” The filing went on to say that “BP’s cherry-picked assertions of robust recovery are at best premature judgments on the health of the overall Gulf ecosystem.” The hostile tone suggests that a settlement acceptable to BP is not imminent, and lowers BP’s chances of settling in the low end of the $15-25 billion range.
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Source: “DOJ language crushes BP oil spill settlement hopes,” by Sarah Young, published at Reuters.com.
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