BP Suing Halliburton To Pick Up The $42 Billion Tab For Oil Spill Clean Up

BP is pointing the finger at Halliburton as the company that should be footing the approximately $42 billion bill for cleaning up the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP claims Halliburton should cover costs because they were the ones who cemented the failed well.

According to Reuters, BP’s court filing says they’re seeking to recover costs and expenses from cleaning up the oil spill, lost profits, and “all other costs and damages incurred by BP related to the Deepwater Horizon incident and resulting oil spill.”

The $42 billion is just an estimate, as the suit does not list a specific amount of money. It also doesn’t explain why this suit is different from one they initiated last year, which is when that amount of money was first brought up. Late last year, BP was busy blaming Halliburton for destroying test results involving the well’s cementing that they said proved it was an unstable mix.

So far, BP has shelled out $14 billion in the Gulf Coast area to make up for the spill, which pumped millions of barrels of oil into the water and killed 11 workers. BP says they have also set aside $20 billion for “economic claims and natural resource restoration.”

BP sues Halliburton over $42 billion oil spill bill [Reuters]


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  1. MutantMonkey says:

    How about you both pay $42 billion and we call it a day?

    • dangerp says:

      How about you both pay $42 billion and die in a fire* and we call it a day?

      *(The companies, not the people)

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDave‚Ñ¢ says:

        Screw the employees. They didn’t need the job anyway.

        • Costner says:

          That brings up an interesting point. If we allow companies to go around killing their workers, it means there will be more job openings for others who are unemployed.

          I think we’re on to something here. I can see it now… the GOP Presidential candidates will be racing to see who can claim they want to eliminate OSHA and workplace safety laws in order to strengthen the job market. NASCAR will remove restrictor plates and eliminate mandatory safety equipment, no more hardhats required on commercial construction sites, and farm equipment can operate with PTO shafts fully exposed!

          As those guys in the Guiness commercials say… “BRILLIANT!”

    • tralfaz says:

      Silly monkey, where are the lawyers supposed to get their percentage if there’s no lawsuit?

  2. webweazel says:

    Is it just me, or does Halliburton have its sticky fingers in WAY too many things?

    • Wyldemusick says:

      The Cheneyborg is everywhere.

      Resistance is futile.

    • JoeDawson says:

      I think the main issue is that Haliburton is one of only a few companies who can do what they do (theoretically “do”) on the scale they “attempt” to do it at.

  3. Greg Ohio says:

    Does this mean that Joe Barton is suing Dick Cheney? Or, that they’re both going to conspire with the rest of the GOP to stick the taxpayers with the bill?

  4. SilverBlade2k says:

    Yep..just what I thought, it’ll be finger-pointing for about a decade and then the American Taxpayer will end up footing the bill in one form or another.

  5. u1itn0w2day says:

    This would be almost comical if they’re weren’t fatalities involved. Who ever submits or admits guilt here will be open to more lawsuits from the rig explosion victims.

    Alot of penis heads on both sides here.

  6. HogwartsProfessor says:

    How about this, BP? SPLIT IT. You were both responsible. Now man up!

  7. Bibliophile4 says:

    I’ll tell you what, BP, why don’t you sue for the minimal amount of money you have actually given to those whose way to make a living was put on hold because of your oil! You are just as responsible as Halliburton, so quit playing the blame game!