Sorting out Responsibility for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Legal accountability is on the way for those who bear responsibility for the Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.  Billions of dollars are at stake, but the Obama administration is likely to be quite accommodating if the oil company and its contractors (including the designated demon of the Bush era, Halliburton) pony up a settlement that appears reasonable.  With the threat of dragging government officials into court to account for their own actions in the cleanup, a tidy ending is likely to be attractive.  There have been lots of recent events to catch up on.  As outlined previously on AT, the trial to set responsibility for the initial blowout phase (as distinguished from the containment phase) of the accident was scheduled to start on February 27, but there have been delays and settlements galore.  It does seem that Obama and the trial lawyers weren't really anxious for some maritime law football. You can find the ongoing transactions...(Read Full Article)

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