Chron Energy Newslinks | 06.21.10 | Drilling ban bites deep, casting an eye toward better spill response.
With the creation of the $20 billion liability fund this week, Anadarko Petroleum of The Woodlands had a couple of ways it could play things. As a 25 percent interest holder in the Macondo well, it could pitch in its share.
Or it could decide to fight and accuse BP of gross negligence, which is never an easy thing to prove. It appears, though, that it may be favoring the latter tactic.
In a statement issued this afternoon, Anadarko CEO Jim Hackett said:
The mounting evidence clearly demonstrates that this tragedy was preventable and the direct result of BP’s reckless decisions and actions. Frankly, we are shocked by the publicly available information that has been disclosed in recent investigations and during this week’s testimony that, among other things, indicates BP operated unsafely and failed to monitor and react to several critical warning signs during the drilling of the Macondo well. BP’s behavior and actions likely represent gross negligence or willful misconduct and thus affect the obligations of the parties under the operating agreement.
BP’s Tony Hayward may be unable to draw conclusions of what went wrong, but apparently Hackett, like other oil industry CEOs, can.
Hackett also drew a line between BP’s decision making and others in the industry that are committed to safe operations. Anadarko, he said, will donate any revenue it receives from oil recovered in the clean up to charities on the Gulf Coast.
Keep an eye on the courthouse, folks. This could get real interesting.