Originally Posted by Nos4r2
Does that mean it's Transocean or BP's fault then?
Many lawyers will get rich answering that question, you can be sure of that
Ultimately the operator (BP) carries the can for decisions made but the costs will (might / should) be apportioned according to the interest in the well which is BP 65% Anadarko 25% and somebody else who escapes me at the moment had the other 10%. Some or all of them will then probably try and sue the ass off the various contractors like Transocean (rig owners), Halliburton (cement), and Cameron the fellas that made the BOP that didn't. I bet that one gets torn apart when they eventually get it back, to find out what went wrong. The only people who will gain out of it will be lawyers and all the folks that make bogus claims - you can bet there will be some of those with $20bn up for grabs...
The letter written to Tony Wayward about a week ago, by the US inquiry, is worth a read, if all the accusations made in that are true then somebody is gonna hang...