More Charges Could Be Coming For Spill Firms

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Companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be facing more charges from the Justice Department. DOJ said more charges against named or not named in the department's original lawsuit could be brought. The comments were made by Ignacia Moreno, head of the department?s environment and natural resources division, at a press briefing in Washington, D.C. today.

Moreno declined to identify the companies that might be targeted by additional charges, citing the continuing investigations, Bloomberg News reported. In December, DOJ sued BP (BP), operator of the Deepwater Horizon rig, and several of its contractors for their roles in the largest U.S. oil spill in U.S. history.

Transocean (RIG), the rig's owner, and Halliburton (HAL), the world's second-largest oil services provider, were also named in the original suit.

The lawsuit seeks damages under the Clean Water Act and a declaration that four of the defendants are liable under the Oil Pollution Act for all removal costs and damages caused by the oil spill, including damages to the environment, Bloomberg reported, citing a DOJ statement.