2point forward, until July 15, 2010, oil flowed out of the well and into the Gulf of Mexico. TheBP Parties bring this action to hold Transocean accountable for having caused the blowout,explosion, fire, deaths and personal injuries, and subsequent oil spill. But for Transocean’simproper conduct, errors, omissions, and violations of maritime law, there would not have beenany blowout of the exploratory well in Mississippi Canyon, Block 252 (“MC252,” commonlyreferred to as the Macondo prospect). Nor, but for Transocean’s misconduct, would there havebeen any explosion and fire on the
, or any deaths and personal injuries,
or anoil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The simple fact is that on April 20, 2010, every single safety system and device and well control procedure on the Deepwater Horizon failed, resulting in the casualty.
Accordingly, the BP Parties seek at least $40 billion in damages and contributionfrom Transocean for the costs, expenses, injuries and damages that BP has incurred, continues toincur, and will incur as a result of the
incident and oil spill caused byTransocean’s multiple failures.2.
Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc., Transocean Deepwater Inc.,Transocean Holdings LLC, and Triton Asset Leasing GmbH (the “Transocean
Companies”) have alleged that they are the
owners, managingowners, owners
pro hac vice
, and/or operators. Each of these Transocean entities therefore isdirectly liable for the improper conduct, errors, omissions, and violations of maritime law relatedto the
. Transocean’s top level corporate entities, Transocean Ltd. andTransocean Inc., dominate, control, or are otherwise the alter egos of the Transocean
Companies. Transocean Ltd. and Transocean Inc. are also directly responsible for thepolicies and practices that led to the MC252 well blowout.
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