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Deepwater Horizon legal battle begins

The legal battle has been launched to establish who should pay what for the blowout that destroyed Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon rig last April, killing 11 workers and triggering a massive oil spill

BP has filed in US courts for damages of up to the total cost of the spill apiece from contractors Halliburton and Transocean – a total of more than $80bn. BP has estimated that the disaster will cost more than $40bn – plus millions more in costs and fines. It is also asking the court, in New Orleans, to declare that Cameron International, which provided the blowout preventer for the failed Macondo well, should also be found responsible. Improper conduct, errors and omissions In its court filing against Halliburton, BP said the firm’s “improper conduct, errors and omissions, including fraud and concealment, caused and/or contributed to the Deepwater Horizon incident”. BP is unlikely to w

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