After the spill comes the lawsuits. The Obama Administration is suing BP along with four other companies over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, in the beginning of what will likely be a lengthy legal battle.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
SOUNDBITE: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, saying (English):
"The United States alleges violations of federal safety and operational regulations including a failure to take the necessary precautions to secure the Macondo well prior to the April 20th explosion, failure to utilize the safest drilling technology to monitor the well's condition, failure to maintain continuous surveillance of the well and failure to utilize and to maintain equipment and materials that were available and necessary to ensure the safety and protection of personnel, property, natural resources as well as the environment. Now we intend to prove that these violations caused or contributed to the massive oil spill."
The lawsuit is seeking damages from BP, Transocean and others for the worst offshore oil spill disaster in U.S. history. The companies could face fines worth billions of dollars.
The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in in April, killing 11workers and spilling millions of barrels into the Gulf waters polluting fishing grounds and damaging wild life.