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BP to fight US government over size of oil spill fine

02.19.2013  | 

The company said it believes the US government's estimate that 4.9 million bbl of oil were spilled in the Gulf of Mexico during the incident is overstated by at least 20% and includes another 810,000 bbl of oil that BP captured from the leaking well, so it never made contact with the environment.

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By JAMES HERRON

LONDON -- UK-listed oil and gas giant BP said Tuesday it will defend itself vigorously in court next week against claims from the US government for fines related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which the company described as "excessive and not based on reality."

The company said it believes the US government's estimate that 4.9 million bbl of oil were spilled in the Gulf of Mexico during the incident is overstated by at least 20% and includes another 810,000 bbl of oil that BP captured from the leaking well, thus never making contact with the environment.

"BP believes that a figure of 3.1 million barrels should be the uppermost limit of the number of barrels spilled that should be used in calculating a Clean Water Act penalty," the company said in a statement.

"The US Department of Justice has indicated that it agrees with BP's position on this issue."

BP added that it expects to be fined less than the statutory maximum under the Clean Water Act of $1,100/bbl spilled, or $4,300/bbl if the company were to be proved grossly negligent in its actions prior to the spill.

"We firmly believe we were not grossly negligent," BP said.


Dow Jones Newswires



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Jagat Bandhu Sonar
02.21.2013

The oil spill can be well estimated (if not already done) by simulation of oil spill on scaled modelling of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and can be a basis of the actual oil spill for presentation purpose and for the sake of calculation.
This is a suggestion.
Regards,
Jagat Bandhu Sonar

ExxonMobil Global License
02.21.2013

Define grossly negligent; 11 dead, millions of bblsof oil in the Gulf and possible decades of clean-up. Sounds grossly negligent to me.

Gustavo Heins
02.20.2013

The justice must to decide the best.

Abdul qadeer Khan
02.20.2013

The cause of fire is leak pipe its should be not negligent.

H. KURLENTS
02.19.2013

As all AIRPORT FIRE FIGHTERS know, you never pour water on oil fires. FOAM retardant should have been used to "smother" the fire on the platform. This would have also minimized the weight and prevented the toppeling of the platform and the huge amount of oil flowing from the broken pipe.
Obviously, BP is not the only responsible party!!

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