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Weatherford cleared of Macondo claims

21 February 2012

Weatherford International said a US judge found no evidence its equipment in the Gulf of Mexico contributed to the 2010 oil spill. The process used to cement BP's Macondo well was originally blamed in part for the series of malfunctions that led to a deadly explosion that destroyed the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

Weatherford was not directly responsible for the spill, according to a US judge
Weatherford was not directly responsible for the spill, according to a US judge

Judge Carl Barbier of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana said there was no evidence that the Weatherford float collar used in the Macondo well was defective. He also found no evidence that "any actions or inactions by Weatherford caused or contributed to the cause of the blowout and oil spill".

BP announced in June that Weatherford had agreed to pay $75 million to settle potential claims tied to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The UK-based oil major said it would add the Weatherford settlement to the $20 billion trust fund set up in response to the oil spill.

This follows Judge Barbier’s earlier ruling that Transocean and Halliburton were not directly responsible for the spill, either. 

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