BP release statement regarding Halliburton indemnity in Deepwater Horizon accident

Wednesday, February 1, 2012      
  • Decisions should put an end to the attempts by Transocean and Halliburton to avoid their obligations.

Today's ruling, together with last week's decision on Transocean's financial obligations stemming from its conduct at the Macondo well, is a strong signal that contractors involved in critical well operations will be held accountable for their actions under the law. All official investigations have concluded that Halliburton played a causal role in the accident, and following this ruling, Halliburton is, at a minimum, responsible for any punitive damages as well as civil penalties to the extent that they may apply under the Clean Water Act. Moreover, the court determined that if Halliburton is found to have committed fraud, then the indemnity could be void.

BP has acknowledged its role in the accident and has paid more than $7.8 billion in claims, advances and other payments to individuals, businesses and governments, regardless of whether third parties ultimately would be responsible for any of that sum or additional liabilities. Our charges and provisions never assumed any recovery from Transocean or Halliburton for pollution-related damages. These two decisions should put an end to the attempts by Transocean and Halliburton to avoid their obligations.


Article Tags

BP Transocean Halliburton United States North America Finance Deepwater

This article is for information and discussion purposes only and does not form a recommendation to invest or otherwise. The value of an investment may fall. The investments referred to in this article may not be suitable for all investors, and if in doubt, an investor should seek advice from a qualified investment adviser. More

Related News

Join 80,000 oil and gas professionals who receive our weekly newsletter.

You may unsubscribe at any time with one click.

Upcoming OilVoice Training Course

Geomechanics, Basic and Beyond, in Reservoir Management: 2 Days
Two-day course given by Kes Heffer, Reservoir Dynamics Ltd, on April 18th and 19th 2016. Course Summary This course builds from the fundamentals of geomechanics leading up to cutting-edge concepts and a new way of interpreting the behaviour of conventional reservoirs. It provides analysis of plenti...
London - 18 Apr

Kes Heffer


Discount Code
OilVoice-10 for 10% off any course.View Course

All OilVoice Training Courses
Popular Headlines View all

Mars Omega Inside Track View all

OilVoice has teamed up with specialist information providers Mars Omega, to provide you with exclusive reports on the most complex and volatile areas of exploration.

Politics and power: an insight into Iran's decision makers and takers

Nigeria: navigating the Delta

Latest Opinion View all

Join 90,000 other oil and gas professionals

Network with others, build your profile, and receive the latest oil and gas news in your inbox. It's free!

Create profile

Time for a change? All jobs Jobs near you

OilVoice Training All upcoming


OilVoice, established in 2002, is your leading source of upstream news, jobs and industry information.


Each week we send our weekly industry round-up. Why not try it? You may unsubscribe at any time.

Contact OilVoice

Milton Keynes
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 207 993 5991
Contact Us

Stay Connected

2015 © OilVoice  .  Privacy Policy  .  Terms of Service  .  Oil Careers  .  Advertise with us