BP PLC and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. have filed petitions for a rehearing en banc with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking a determination on whether they are liable for violations of the Clean Water Act for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. In their petitions, filed on July 21, 2014, BP and Anadarko argue that the rig operators were liable for the spill.
In June, the Fifth Circuit upheld a decision from U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier of the Eastern District of Louisiana finding that BP and Anadarko, who co-owned the well, could be held liable for fines.
The fines to be assessed by the Court could be up to the maximum allowed penalty of $18 billion for BP, and up to the maximum allowed penalty of $4.6 billion for Anadarko, which owned a 25% interest in the Macando well.
The Clean Water Act allows the government to seek fines ranging between $1,100 to $4,300 per barrel of oil spilled.
For more information, contact Toni Ellington at 504-599-8500.