BP pays more as Halliburton wins and loses

BP, the firm at the centre of the Deepwater Horizon environmental disaster, has been ordered to protect contractors Halliburton from third party compensatory claims, which means BP will be forced […]

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By Tom Gibson

BP, the firm at the centre of the Deepwater Horizon environmental disaster, has been ordered to protect contractors Halliburton from third party compensatory claims, which means BP will be forced to pay the majority of the clean-up costs.

Halliburton, which provided cementing services for the Macondo well that leaked the biggest oil spill in US history, can still be found responsible for punitive damages, as well as civil fines under the federal Clean Water Act.

BP said in a statement: “Today’s ruling, together with last week’s decision on Transocean’s financial obligations stemming from its conduct at the Macondo well, is a strong signal that contractors involved in critical well operations will be held accountable for their actions under the law.”

The decision is the second blow to BP which was blocked from claiming from the rig’s owner Transocean last week.