Court Rules US Taxpayer Not BP Or Transocean Liable For Gulf Oil Spill Clean Up Costs
The Intel Hub
By Alexander Higgins – Contributing Writer
June 19th, 2011
A US District court has dismissed over 100,000 lawsuits brought against BP And Transocean to pay for oil spill clean up costs and environmental damages to the Gulf of Mexico caused by the BP Gulf Oil Spill.
The court ruled that injury stopped the moment the well was sealed and that the Federal Government, aka The US Taxpayer, is now liable for clean up costs along with any damages caused by deficiencies of the cleanup of the Gulf Of Mexico.
The US District Courts have ruled that since oil is no longer flowing from the Macando Well, BP and Transocean are not liable for cleanup costs and damages from the BP Gulf Oil Spill since the “well has already been sealed and the injury has already been committed”.
In the ruling the court went on record that the Federal Government is in charge of the oil spill clean up efforts. Thus any damages related to the cleanup are now the burden of the Federal Government, meaning the US Taxpayer.
The ruling means that Taxpayers are not only liable for the clean up of the BP Gulf Oil Spill, but it also means that any damages caused by deficiencies of the clean up in the Gulf is also the responsibility of the US Taxpayer.
The lawsuits against BP have been bundled into separate packages with all of the lawsuits pertaining to BP’s liability for cleanup costs and environmental damages being dismissed with this ruling.
Courthouse News Service
Friday, June 17, 2011
NEW ORLEANS – Ruling in favor of Transocean and BP, a federal judge on Thursday dismissed third-party environmental claims in a giant pleading bundle in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation, saying the fact that the oil flow has stopped makes those lawsuits irrelevant.
“The injunction at this stage would be useless, as not only is there no ongoing release from the well, but there is also no viable offshore facility from which any release could possibly occur,” U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier wrote. “The Macondo well is dead, and what remains of the Deepwater Horizon vessel is on the ocean floor, where it capsized and sank in 5,000 feet of water.
“Moreover, BP and the agencies comprising the Unified Area Command have been and are cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico. An injury is not redressable by a citizen suit when the injury is already being addressed.”Judge Barbier is overseeing the massive, consolidated oil spill litigation, which has been divided into “bundles,” based upon the nature of the claims.
In instances where claims in the D1 bundle pertain to how the oil is being cleaned up, Barbier ruled that even if he allowed those claims to go forward, the claimants are not directly involved in the cleanup, so a ruling in their favor would not affect how the cleanup is progressing.
Unbelievable. Shocking. They may need the entire congress to send twitter pics exposing themselves to distract the masses from this one.
I guess the Judge believed that all of the oil magically disappeared from the Gulf the moment the well was sealed, just like the Federal Government told us.
Never mind that fact that scientists reported that the Feds confiscated the data of the underwater plumes and told the scientists to shut up about their research.
Never mind the feds tried covering up the first plume that was discovered. You do remember the massive 22 mile long plume larger than the size of Manhattan don’t you?
And even after the Feds said they couldn’t find the oil the massive slick in the Gulf could still be seen from space. Then there were the fisherman that the Feds told to shut up about their discovery of oil in Gulf seafood.
Regardless of that debate, the fact still remains that massive underwater lakes of oil are still in the Gulf and will remain there for years.
But none of that matters to our fascist government. Widespread sightings of oil washing up all over the Gulf continue to this very day. In fact NOAA has just recently confirmed a widespread “unexplained sickness” and lesions in sea life all across the Gulf that the Feds are desperately trying to keep a lid on.
Oh, the irony. Would BP have sprayed all of those toxins into the Gulf if they knew that the Federal courts would just let them off the hook for the clean up costs? The Feds would have never needed to lie about the lethality of Corexit because the public couldn’t handle the truth.
The Irony. The Fascism. The Greed. The Corruption.