Transocean sue BP over deepwater disaster

A subsidiary company of drilling company Transocean has decided to take legal action against BP for damages sustained at the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. […]

By Tom Gibson

A subsidiary company of drilling company Transocean has decided to take legal action against BP for damages sustained at the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. owned the rig that suffered in the blast that killed 11 people. Transocean said BP must indemnify it for damages arising from the latter’s failure to contain the oil flow from its Macondo well, regardless of who was at fault.

In a statement Transocean said: “BP has refused to honour its contractual obligations to Transocean stemming from the Macondo well incident in April of 2010. In fact, contrary to its promise to “defend” and “indemnify” Transocean, BP instead filed suit against Transocean on the one-year anniversary of the incident, alleging that Transocean personnel- including those who lost their lives in the incident- had willful and callous disregard for the welfare of their colleagues and the environment. Transocean has honoured its contractual indemnity obligations to BP nonetheless.”

BP refuted the claims. The oil giant said a statement: “Transocean is focusing on its interpretation of a contract provision about indemnification to avoid paying its share of any damages or governmental fines and penalties stemming from its failure to monitor and control the Macondo well. Granting Transocean’s request would be inconsistent with the law and sound public policy.

“Transocean has been cited for regulatory violations related to the Deepwater Horizon accident and every official investigation has found that Transocean’s actions played a significant causal role in the accident. For rigs to operate safely, contractors must know they will be held accountable for their actions in these circumstances.”