BP responds to lawsuit
07 September 2011
BP has stated that it is aware of the claims filed against the company earlier this month by Halliburton, and it is now reviewing the contents of the claims. Until this is complete, it cannot comment in detail.
BP has stated that it is aware of the claims filed against the company earlier this month by Halliburton, and it is now reviewing the contents of the claims
However, BP believes that this lawsuit is the latest attempt by Halliburton to divert attention from its role in the Deepwater Horizon incident and its failure to meet its responsibilities, and to deflect all blame to BP; something that BP says it will vigorously contest should these claims go to court.
Indeed, Halliburton has recently filed claims against BP in Texas state court for negligent misrepresentation, business disparagement and defamation related to the 20 April 2010 Macondo incident.
Halliburton has also moved to amend its claims against BP in the multi-district litigation in New Orleans, Louisiana, to include fraud. These allegations are based upon BP providing Halliburton with inaccurate information prior to performing cementing services on 19 April 2010, and BP’s use of and omission of that information in subsequent public statements, filings and governmental investigations. Halliburton has learned that BP provided it with inaccurate information about the actual location of hydrocarbon zones in the Macondo well. The actual location of the hydrocarbon zones is critical information required prior to performing cementing services and is necessary to achieve desired cement placement.
Halliburton remains confident that all the work it performed with respect to the Macondo well was completed in accordance with BP’s specifications for its well construction plan and instructions, and that Halliburton is fully indemnified under the contract.
Multiple independent investigations have identified serious problems with the cementing of the well as a potential contributory factor to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. BP claims that it has co-operated with the various investigation bodies, providing detailed information and investigations have so far concluded that multiple parties contributed to the incident, including Halliburton.
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