BP files lawsuits against Transocean, Halliburton and Cameron Intl. while Anadarko and Mitsui file suit against BP -- related to liability for Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill

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22 April 2011

Report blasts Transocean over Deepwater Horizon disaster [USA]

Author: Brett Clanton & Tom Fowler, Houston Chronicle [USA]

Federal investigators on Friday blasted Transocean, owner of the Deepwater Horizon, for poor maintenance of the doomed drilling rig, inadequate training of workers and safety lapses that may have contributed to the deadly Gulf disaster a year ago. The company’s “numerous systems deficiencies” and “omissions” ranged from bypassing gas alarms and automatic shutdown systems that could have prevented an explosion to failing to conduct enough emergency drills. “These deficiencies indicate that Transocean’s failure to have an effective safety management system and instill a culture that emphasizes and ensures safety contributed to this disaster,” a joint Coast Guard-Interior Department panel said in a preliminary investigation report on the Deepwater Horizon accident...Transocean said in a statement that it “strongly disagrees” with the findings, noting the Deepwater Horizon was compliant with U.S. and international standards at the time of the accident.

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21 April 2011

Lawsuits fly in BP's Gulf spill blame game

Author: Tom Bergin, Reuters

BP and its partners involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill have unleashed a $100 billion-plus barrage of legal claims a year after the rig blast killed 11 workers and created an environmental disaster. On the anniversary of the disaster, BP filed suits totaling more than $80 billion against Transocean and Halliburton. And in a separate action on Wednesday, BP sued Cameron International Corp, the maker of the blowout preventer, the so-called fail-safe device that failed to automatically shut down the well…Meanwhile, BP's partners in the well, Anadarko and Mitsui filed a lawsuit against it, challenging BP's demands that they contribute to the cost of the clean-up effort. Wednesday was the deadline -- one year after the disaster -- for companies connected to the spill to file claims against each other.

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