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Monday, October 17, 2011

BP Shares Surge After Anadarko Settlement

BP shares opened sharply higher Monday after the U.K. oil company reached a $4 billion out of court settlement with Anadarko related to a deadly explosion and oil spill at a U.S. offshore drilling platform.

Anadarko followed Japan's Mitsui & Co. and Weatherford International in agreeing to pay BP to settle claims over the Deepwater Horizon platform disaster, which killed 11 and led to the largest accidental marine oil spill in U.S. history. Drilling contractor Transocean's Deepwater Horizon rig had been leased by BP, while Anadarko and Mitsui also held stakes in the Macondo prospect.

Anadarko also agreed to drop its gross negligence claims against BP and transfer to BP the 25% interest it still holds in the Macondo well, which caused the devastating oil spill.

Like the Mitsui deal, BP's pact with Anadarko shelters the Houston based company from claims brought by private businesses and property owners seeking compensatory damages. But it doesn't protect Anadarko from punitive damages or penalties that might come from the U.S. government. Civil liability trials on the matter are scheduled to begin in February.....Read the entire Rigzone article.

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