Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has secured approval of an agreement with the State of Alabama excusing it from the trial proceedings over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in the battle over Alabama’s compensatory damages. In an order signed by Judge Carl Barbier, Anadarko agreed, along with other stipulations, not to contest the amount of compensatory damages awarded under the Oil Pollution Act (OPA). Under the agreement and court order any damages awarded to the state “shall constitute full, complete and total satisfaction of the state[s] … compensatory damages claims.”
The oil and gas company joins Transocean Ltd., Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. and MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC, who agreed to similar agreements in late 2013 and early 2014 to be excused from pretrial discovery and other pretrial proceedings as well as participating in the trial. The agreements leave BP to face off with Alabama in the upcoming trial. Alabama’s claims in the dispute date back to 2010, when it filed two complaints against BP, Transocean, Anadarko, MOEX, Halliburton and others over alleged losses due to the oil spill.
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