Company’s Litigation for money in oil leak response Disregarded

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the government filed with a New Orleans-based company that has failed to end the longest running oil spill at U.S. history.

Taylor Energy Co. filed the suit in 2016 seeking to regain 432 million remaining in a trust created to pay for plugging leaking petroleum wells in the Gulf of Mexico.

The judge from Washington, D.C., decided the Interior Department has the right to keep the trust money, WWL-TV said. Senior Judge Nancy Firestone of this U.S. Court of Federal Claims concluded Tuesday that the authorities may use the money to find out if more can be achieved, or even to change its evaluation of the danger.

The spill in the Gulf is around 12 miles (19 km ) off the mouth of the Mississippi River. Oil has been leaking out of the website 450 feet (137 meters) beneath the surface since a platform which Taylor Energy possessed dropped in an underwater mudslide through Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

Taylor Energy had sued, claiming that authorities violated a 2008 arrangement requiring the organization. The business issued a statement Wednesday saying it’s disappointed with the ruling.

“By no means is this question solved. “Taylor Energy remains committed to its function as the current responsible party and continues to advocate to get a response that’s grounded in science and prioritizes the well-being of this surroundings.”

The business argues in court cases which containment efforts are currently hurting. The Coast Guard had seized partial constraint of response operations.

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Information from: WWL-TV, http://wwltv.com