The BP Oil Spill Blame Game Begins
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on May 15, 2010 in Class Action Lawsuits
The disastrous BP oil spill continues to spread, cause problems, prompt fears in the Gulf of Mexico business community and basically move ever closer to being the biggest man-made environmental disaster in the history of the United States. Earlier estimates indicate that the total losses that could result from this spill could reach as high as $14 billion, and business owners in the gulf region are beginning to seek the help of personal injury attorneys in Phoenix to protect their legal rights as their businesses are put in a horrible situation of risk. As this reality continues to develop, it seems that the parties who are thought to be responsible for this oil spill are recognizing the potential liability that could be involved with this oil spill, and as a result the all-too-common blame game is already beginning.
The Parties to the BP Oil Spill Blame Game
As of now, there appears to be three entities that are getting involved with blaming each other for this disastrous oil spill. These entities are BP, Halliburton and Transocean. Each of their roles are defined below.
- BP - BP America is the subsidiary of British Petroleum that owns the well from which the oil was drilled from the Gulf of Mexico. President Obama has already said that BP is responsible for the cleanup of the spill, and the company is accused of minimizing the risks involved with offshore drilling.
- Transocean - Transocean is the company that owned the Deepwater Horizon rig that was used to extract the oil from the well that's owned by BP.
- Halliburton - Halliburton is somewhat notorious already for several reasons, and the company is involved in this situation because it cemented the wall around the well that was supposed to keep the oil from leaking.
In the past few days, each company has blamed the others for the disastrous results, and at this point no one is sure which party is more at fault than the others.
What This Means to Those Harmed by the BP Oil Spill
When situations like this arise, many whose businesses and life savings have been ruined will hesitate to enforce their legal rights. Simply put, passing blame is a standard reaction to any problem with this sort of potential liability, and the last thing you should do is nothing. In terms of which party or parties are ultimately responsible, an experienced BP oil spill lawyer will handle the technicalities involved with the defendants named to a lawsuit so you don't have to concern yourself with those details. Instead, contact the BP oil spill lawyers at Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.