Appeals court won't rehear a BP oil spill liability argument
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its 2014 ruling that BP cannot avoid federal penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment.
The vote released Friday by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans was 7-6 against a rehearing.
BP was majority owner of the Macondo well, where the leased Deepwater Horizon rig exploded. BP and minority partner Anadarko had argued they should not face federal Clean Water Act penalties because the oil leaked not from the well but from the broken underwater riser that had connected the well to the rig owned by Transocean Ltd. A district judge and the appeals court disagreed.
A trial is set for later this month to determine Clean Water Act penalties.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Denham Springs chicken restaurant damaged in overnight fire
One killed in two-vehicle crash on LA 1 South in Port Allen
Memorial services for former Gov. Kathleen Blanco to begin Thursday
Popeyes restaurants running out of chicken sandwiches amid popular internet debate
Daycare under investigation after child found wandering near roadway