Speaking to WSFA TV-12 news, Beasley Allen attorney Rhon Jones, head of the firm’s Environmental Law section, discusses a motion filed May 13 by Transocean in relation to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Transocean is owner of the oil drilling platform, the Deepwater Horizon, which exploded on April 20 and sank into the Gulf two days later. Since the catastrophe, oil has been leaking into the Gulf waters at a rate of 25,000-50,000 barrels per day.
On May 13, Transocean claimed a 150-year-old maritime law would exempt it from most of the financial responsibility for the oil spill. The company says under the Limitation of Liability law they will only be responsible up to the value of the wreckage, which they estimate at just under $27 million. Jones says the filing is an attempt for Transocean to excuse itself from fault and from responsibility to victims. He calls the move “shocking and offensive.”