According the Associated Press, Anadarko Petroleum Co. has agreed to pay $4 billion to BP as part of a settlement related to last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP is using this agreement to support their contention that it was not solely responsible for the disaster. BP said Monday that Anadarko's payment will form part of the British company's $20 billion trust fund, which has paid out $7 billion so far to settle claims from individuals and businesses. Eleven workers were killed when the Deepwater Horizon rig at the Macondo well exploded off Louisiana on April 20, 2010, causing the largest oil spill in U.S. history. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an oil-field related incident, contact our firm for a free consultation
Two oil workers and the family of another filed a lawsuit claiming the workers were abandoned by a ship in the Gulf of Mexico that could have taken them to safety following Tropical Storm Nate. The workers were forced to evacuate their disabled vessel during the tropical storm and float on an inflatable raft that the workers' attorney described as a "big life preserver."
In the ongoing saga that is now being touted as the worst environmental disaster in human history, we have more disturbing news. A confidential survey of workers on the Deepwater Horizon, which was conducted weeks prior to the oil rig explosion, showed that many of them were worried about the safety practices on the rig and feared retaliation if they reported mistakes or safety concerns. Transocean, the rig's owner, conducted this survey and the results are disturbing.
A few days ago, the President delivered good news. The cap is on, and early tests show that oil is being contained as efforts to permanently plug the well continue. The President also delivered words of caution; "...I don't want us to get too far ahead of ourselves."
On Thursday, June 17, 2010, BP's CEO, Tony Hayward, went before members of Congress to answer questions regarding the Deepwater Horizon disaster. It has now been two months since the massive blowout that left 11 people dead and the Gulf of Mexico in ruin. Despite the fact that it has now been two months since the incident, BP's Tony Hayward still hasn't "drawn a conclusion" when faced with substantial evidence that BP cut corners on the well plan that led to the April 20 rig explosion and ongoing leak that is still spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. In his opening remarks, Hayward stated "none of us yet knows why it happened." Really?