Halliburton sues BP over Macondo blowout

By OGJ editors

Halliburton Co. filed claims against BP PLC on Sept. 1 in Texas state court for negligent misrepresentation, business disparagement, and defamation related to the Apr. 20, 2010, Macondo well blowout. The company also moved to amend to include fraud its claims against BP in the multidistrict litigation in New Orleans.

Halliburton based its allegations on BP having provided Halliburton with inaccurate information prior to performing cementing services on Apr. 19, 2010, and BP’s omission of that information in subsequent public statements, filings, and governmental investigations.

BP provided Halliburton inaccurate information about the hydrocarbon zone locations in the Macondo well, Halliburton said. The company noted that the locations were critical information required prior to performing cementing services and were necessary for placing the cement.

Halliburton said it is confident that all work it performed in the Macondo well was completed in accordance with BP’s specifications in its well construction plan and instructions.

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