U.S. Coast Guard / Petty Officer 2nd Class John Miller
BP has already committed billions of dollars to pay for cleanup and damages, but there’s no telling what the final cost to the environment and the region’s tourist and fishing industries will be.
Attorney General Eric Holder says the government is going after nine companies involved with the Deepwater Horizon spill “for government removal costs, economic losses and environmental damages without limitation.”
Guess that relationship between the Obama administration and BP was less cozy than it appeared.
Halliburton, which was recently blamed by a presidential commission for some of the Macondo well’s shoddy construction, is off the hook—for now. Holder says new charges and new defendants may still be added to the suit. —PZS
We intend to prove that these defendants are responsible for government removal costs, economic losses and environmental damages without limitation,” Mr Holder said.
“As investigations continue, we will not hesitate to take whatever steps necessary to hold accountable those responsible for this spill,” he added.
Halliburton, the company that cemented the Macondo well, and Cameron International, which provided equipment for the well, were not targeted in the lawsuit.