Alabama sues BP, Transocean for oil spill damages

13 August 2010 21:25  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--BP had no comment on Friday on a lawsuit filed against it and Transocean by the state of Alabama, seeking economic and punitive damages from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The lawsuit was filed on Thursday. No specific amount for damages was listed.

Troy King, the state’s attorney general, said a team of economic experts was still working to put an exact figure on losses, but said Alabama believed BP had not accepted enough responsibility for the economic impact.

Prior to the 15 July closure of a sealing cap, an estimated 4.9m bbl of oil had leaked into the Gulf as a result of the 20 April explosion of the Deepwater Horizon offshore rig. BP was operating the rig on lease from Transocean.

Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against BP seeking damages from the spill. The company said it has already spent over $6bn (€4.7bn) on response costs.

($1 = €0.78)

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By: Ben DuBose
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