BP reached a $250 million settlement with Cameron International, the company that produced the oil rig blowout preventer that proved ineffective in stopping 2010’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Cameron International is the fourth company with which BP has settled in the lead-up to next year’s federal trial over the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. In the wake of this settlement, BP executive Bob Dudley took a shot at Halliburton and Transocean, with whom BP is still involved in legal wrangling over accountability for the disaster.
“Unfortunately, other companies persist in refusing to accept responsibility for their roles in the accident and for contributing to restoration efforts,” Dudley said in a Dec. 16 Associated Press article regarding the Cameron International settlement.
Transocean was the contractor drilling the well, and BP recently accused Halliburton, the contractor that supplied the sealing cement for the oil well, of destroying evidence related to potentially faulty cement slurry.
BP said the $250 million from Cameron International would be used for clean-up costs and to pay claims from individuals, businesses and government agencies adversely impacted by the oil spill. Meanwhile, numerous participants of BP’s Vessels of Opportunity (VOO) program have filed lawsuits against BP claiming that they have not been paid for the use of their time and boats during clean-up efforts.
If you believe you were not properly compensated for your participation in BP’s Vessels of Opportunity program or otherwise suffered harm as a result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, please contact the Mobile, Alabama, attorneys at Long & Long for your free case evaluation.