Federal appeals court denies review of BP’s negligence ruling
The Fifth Circuit Court, a federal appeals court in New Orleans, denied London-based oil giant BP Plc’s request to review U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s 2014 ruling that BP and Andarko Petroleum Corp. were responsible for paying fines under the Clean Water Act after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in 2010, the Times-Picayune reported on January 12.
The appeal was struck down in a 7-6 vote. Barbier now has the duty to assess how much BP owes in total pollution fines. This determination is bound to be finalized during the third phase of the civil trial over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill starting January 20.
Barbier made an earlier decision in September 2014 that BP had been “grossly negligent” and deemed it responsible for one of the largest oil spills the country has ever experienced, tagging the company with around $18 billion in fines.
BP asked the court to set the cap for its fines at $3,000 per barrel of oil spilled in pre-trial filings.
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