BP Wins Fast Review of Spill Payments Challenge

Thick oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill floats on the surface of the water and coats the marsh wetlands in Bay Jimmy near Port Sulphur, Louisiana, June 11, 2010. BP's liabilities sky-rocketed in tandem with estimates about the scale of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill Friday, as analysts pushed the possible price tag well above four billion dollars. Wall Street experts said the monetary cost of the disaster for BP would be tied to new estimates that put the amount of oil spilled at between one and two million barrels so far, double the previous estimate.
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Ben Geman
Jan. 3, 2014, 12:43 a.m.

A fed­er­al court will quickly re­view BP’s at­tempt to block pay­ment of claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mex­ico oil spill that can’t be dir­ectly linked to the dis­aster, Bloomberg re­ports.

BP won ex­ped­ited con­sid­er­a­tion in an or­der is­sued yes­ter­day by U.S. Cir­cuit Court Judge Edith Brown Clem­ent in New Or­leans. The judge ordered spill vic­tims to re­spond to BP’s mo­tion by Jan. 8, the news ser­vice re­por­ted Fri­day.

The Brit­ish oil gi­ant has gone on the of­fens­ive — in the courts and through ma­jor ad buys — over what it al­leges are bogus claims of eco­nom­ic harm from the spill that tem­por­ar­ily shuttered fish­er­ies and hal­ted deep­wa­ter oil ex­plor­a­tion.

Speak­ing of BP, Bloomberg also re­ports on a crim­in­al pro­sec­u­tion that stemmed from the fatal 2010 ac­ci­dent.

Former BP en­gin­eer Kurt Mix on Thursday asked a judge to set aside an ob­struc­tion of justice con­vic­tion, al­leging that jur­ors broke the rules dur­ing de­lib­er­a­tions, Bloomberg re­ports.


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