BP is to take a court’s ruling to pay damages to some businesses affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to the US Supreme Court.
The oil giant will appeal on Monday against businesses not having to prove they were directly harmed by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
BP said it will also ask the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans not to require that it pays firms “until the Supreme Court has considered the matter”.
The company fears they will have to pay billions of dollars to companies that can not prove their claims or losses are directly linked to the oil spill.
BP said in a statement: “No company would agree to pay for losses that it did not cause and BP certainly did not when it entered into this settlement. BP will continue to fight to return the settlement to its original, explicit, and lawful purpose – the compensation of claimants who suffered actual losses due to the spill.”