US lawyers say BP, spill partners harmed cleanup crew

March 31 (Reuters) – BP Plc (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research) and other companies who
had used chemical dispersants to fight the 2010 Gulf of Mexico
oil spill should compensate the cleanup crew and residents
harmed by those toxic chemicals, lawyers suing the firms said in
a court filing.

To date, BP and its contractors have used more than 1.8
million gallons of Nalco Holding’s (NLC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) chemical dispersants
in the Gulf of Mexico in connection with the oil spill,
according to the complaint. Nalco was also named in the
complaint.

Lawyers said many plaintiffs, who were assisting in the
effort to prevent oil slicks from reaching the shore, or
cleaning oil spill residue from the beaches, came into contact
with crude oil, chemical dispersants and other toxic chemical
mixtures.

The complaint has sought unspecified compensatory damages
from BP and the other companies involved in the clean up act.
The lawsuit has also sought damages for medical screening and
monitoring.

BP in London declined comment.

The Case is in re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater
Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010, Case No.
2:10-md-02179-CJB-SS, U.S. District Court, Eastern District Of
Louisiana.
(Reporting by Sakthi Prasad in Bangalore; Editing by Hans
Peters)

US lawyers say BP, spill partners harmed cleanup crew