Safety

  • Why is an NFL Team Suing BP?

Why is an NFL Team Suing BP?

Apr 28 2019 Read 186 Times

Usually, NFL teams make headlines for signing multi-million dollar contracts or winning Super Bowl championships. Though in a move that has made national headlines, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are seeking a weighty compensation package relating to BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The professional American football team is attempting to claim millions of dollars in damages for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, which saw more than 200 million gallons of crude oil stream into the Gulf of Mexico. It also claimed the lives of 11 people and left 17 with serious injuries, not to mention had a major impact on the natural ecosystem and killed billions of animals.

The Buccaneers aren't the only professional sports team launching a claim against BP, with ice hockey team Tampa Bay Lighting also seeking compensation. The claim was recently closed, and the team was awarded more than US$788,000.

Buccaneers request for a private tribunal rejected

While the Buccaneers lodged a request to seal the courtroom from the public Judge Gregg J. Costa rejected the call for a private tribunal. The reasons behind the claim are unknown, though thanks to the public courtroom enforced by Judge Costa, the motive and payout will ultimately be revealed.

“At the end of the day, because this court has maintained confidential treatment of its financial statements, the Buccaneers’ request for sealing the oral argument is based on nothing more than a desire to keep secret that it filed a Deepwater Horizon claim,” reads a statement issued by Costa. “The court will leave it to others to guess why the team is so concerned about public disclosure of its claim when numerous other BP claimants in the appeals inundating our court are not.”

Another blow for BP budget

For BP, the claim is yet another blow to the bank. Already, the British multinational oil and gas company has paid out huge sums to a slew of claimants, with experts estimating the costs now sit at around US$65 billion. This includes more than 400,000 cases lodged via the Court Supervised Settlement Program. A spokeswoman for the company also revealed that hundreds of outstanding claims are still waiting to be settled, which will add to the ballooning figure.

In the wake of disasters like Deepwater Horizon, safety is front of mind. For an in-depth look at the latest technologies being used to heighten safety in the oil and gas industry don't miss 'Layers of Safety Strategy Detects Dangerous Gas Leaks With Multiple Sensing Technologies', which spotlights innovations like with non-intrusive touch button operation, dual sensor capability, extended calibration cycles and Bluetooth® wireless communication.

Reader comments

Do you like or dislike what you have read? Why not post a comment to tell others / the manufacturer and our Editor what you think. To leave comments please complete the form below. Providing the content is approved, your comment will be on screen in less than 24 hours. Leaving comments on product information and articles can assist with future editorial and article content. Post questions, thoughts or simply whether you like the content.

Post a Comment




Digital Edition

Petro Industry News May 2019

May 2019

In This Edition Analytical Instrumentation - Range of viscometers for oils and fuels - Tackling viscosity measurement at refineries - Krebs stormer digital viscometer Fuel For Thought...

View all digital editions

Events

IDW 2019 - International Downstream Week

May 27 2019 Sardinia, Italy

Caspian Power

May 29 2019 Baku, Azerbaijan

Liquid Gas Europe Congress 2019

May 31 2019 Amsterdam, Netherlands

PetroPhase 2019

Jun 02 2019 Ishikawa, Japan

EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2019

Jun 03 2019 London, UK

View all events