BP contests Barbier’s determination of oil spill size through appeal
London-based oil giant BP Plc appealed U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s finding that 3.19 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, making the company liable to pay the U.S. government an estimate of $13.7 billion in penalties under the Clean Water Act, the Insurance Journal reported on February 24.
The appeal was made after Barbier rejected BP’s attempt to lessen the maximum civil fine it is facing in connection with the oil spill. Barbier has yet to make an official decision regarding the total amount of penalties that BP will pay and he has yet to indicate when said decision will be made.
At present, around $42 billion of costs were estimated to be the amount of damage BP incurred for oil spill cleanup, fines and penalties from the government, and compensation for victims. Around 810,000 barrels of oil have already been collected through cleanup efforts.
BP claimed that Barbier’s ruling was “grossly negligent” and that the assertion during the first phase of the trial that BP’s actions led to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Macondo well was faulty.
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