Louisiana Says Transocean’s Trying to Limit Its Liability to the Surface

NEW ORLEANS (CN) – Louisiana wants to be sure that Transocean and the co-owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig are held responsible for the “underwater discharges of oil in the Gulf of Mexico.” The state attorney general claims that “Transocean incorrectly construes its liability” under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 “to mean that its liability is restricted to surface discharges only.”

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell wants three Transocean entities and Triton Asset Leasing held liable under the Oil Pollution Act and the Louisiana Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act for oil that spilled not only from the Deepwater Horizon rig, but from the Macondo Prospect well that burst in the rig’s explosion.

The broken well leaked millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

via Courthouse News Service.



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