Texas Sues BP For Economic Loss Resulting From 2010 Gulf Oil Spill
20 May 2013No Comments
The state of Texas has joined the litigation against BP Plc, Halliburton Co. and Transocean Ltd., filing a lawsuit against the companies for their role in what has been called one of the most devastating oil spills in the history of the United States. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Beaumont on May 17, alleges that BP, Transocean, Halliburton and others “engaged in willful and wanton misconduct” leading up to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The state has accused the defendants named in the suit of violating Texas’ environmental regulations, and is seeking damages for economic loss, including lost tax revenue and harm to natural resources. If you have been adversely affected by environmental contamination or economic losses related to the 2010 BP oil spill, contact our knowledgeable environmental contamination attorneys at Bandas Law Firm for legal help.
Gulf States Suing BP, Other Companies
In addition to damages for economic loss, Texas is seeking civil penalties for each day the oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the Deepwater Horizon blast, as well as compensation for natural resources that were “injured, destroyed or lost.” An estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil were spilled into the Gulf over the course of 87 days, but BP has argued that the 800,000 barrels that were recovered should be excluded from calculations for the purposes of any legal settlement. Texas is the fifth state to file a lawsuit against BP and other companies in connection to the 2010 oil spill; Mississippi and Florida filed complaints last month, and Louisiana and Alabama sued the companies in 2010.
Parties Responsible For The Oil Spill
The explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon rig took place in April 2010 and resulted in the death of 11 people. BP was the majority owner and operator of the Macondo well where the blast occurred, and Transocean Ltd owned the rig, which was drilling the mile-deep well off Louisiana’s coast in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to the lawsuits filed by Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida, BP is also fighting a battle in New Orleans court over fines and other liabilities related to the Gulf spill, although the company struck a deal last year with a variety of compensation claimants, including businesses. The total amount was not determined however, and while BP has set aside more than $8 billion to make the payments, it now sees those business economic loss payments rising.
Contact Our Law Firm To File An Environmental Contamination Claim
While the Texas coastline avoided significant physical oiling during the 2010 spill, seafood businesses and regional tourism were considerably affected by the oil spill, which in turn affected the state’s income from taxes and coastal usage fees, according to the lawsuit. Traditional fishing waters were closed, seafood restaurants were forced to import and tourists avoided the shore due to a threat of pollution, and Texas officials say they are still concerned about recontamination from oil and chemical dispersants that remain in the ecosystem. If you believe your business in Texas has been affected by the Deepwater Horizon blast and subsequent spill, consult our reputable lawyers at Bandas Law Firm today to discuss the possibility of filing a BP oil spill business claim against the allegedly negligent oil company. With our law firm on your side, you may be able to seek fair and timely reimbursement for spill-related losses.