NEW ORLEANS, La. — BP made their latest filing on Monday, Jan 2, in New Orleans federal court reiterating a claim they first made last April that they are entitled to payment from Houston-based contractor Halliburton Energy Services for expenses and lost profits resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill disaster.
BP and Halliburton have been repeatedly arguing over the extent of BP’s indemnification of Halliburton. BP argues that “gross negligence” by Halliburton eliminates BP’s indemnity obligation, while Halliburton says BP wants to avoid its legal responsibility to cover costs related to the spill.
Huffington Post reports:
BP has accused Houston-based Halliburton of botching the cement job meant to seal the well. Halliburton says BP is trying to saddle Halliburton with far more than its share of the legal burden.
In Monday’s filing, BP said Halliburton has made inaccurate statements about BP’s legal claims. And BP, quoting from its own filing made last April, emphasized it is seeking damages from Halliburton, including costs and expenses for oil cleanup and remediation, lost profits and other costs.
A federal civil trail is set to begin in February to determine how fault will be assigned to the parties involved in the Deepwater Horizon disaster that occurred on April 20, 2010.