Texas sues BP, Transocean for Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Texas announced it is suing British Petroleum and Transocean for damages related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Texas announced May 17 it is suing British Petroleum and Transocean for damages related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Bloomberg reported. The state will be the fifth to file claims over the oil spill.

The companies allegedly violated Texas's environmental laws, the report stated, and the state is suing for economic loss, including lost tax revenue, and for the harm the oil spill caused to the state's natural resources. Texas has asked for civil penalties for every day oil was discharged from the well and for every barrel of oil that was dumped into the Gulf of Mexico.

State Attorney General Greg Abbott said BP and Transocean "engaged in willful and wanton misconduct," according to Bloomberg. Transocean was named in the lawsuit because it owned the drilling rig that exploded and subsequently sank into the Gulf.

Companies Halliburton Co. and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. were also named in the lawsuit; Haliburton because it provided the rig with cementing services, and Anadarko because it held a 25 percent share of the well, the article stated.

Louisiana and Alabama filed lawsuits against BP in 2010 and Mississippi and Florida filed their claims in April.

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