BP "Grossly Negligent" in 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

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On Sept. 4, a federal district court in Louisiana ruled that BP’s “gross negligence” and “willful misconduct” resulted in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that killed 11 workers and resulted in millions of barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. The finding could subject BP to roughly $18 billion in civil penalties under the Clean Water Act, or up to $4,300 for each barrel of oil that spilled into the Gulf.

Judge Carl J. Barbier cited a long list of negligent acts by BP that resulted in the explosion and spill, writing that “[t]hese instances of negligence, taken together, evince an extreme deviation from the standard of care and a conscious disregard of known risks.” The court also ruled that Transocean and Halliburton were “negligent.” Accordingly, the judge apportioned 67 percent of the fault to BP, 30 percent to Transocean, and three percent to Halliburton.

The decision only addresses the first part of a three-part case concerning liability under the Clean Water Act, Oil Pollution Act, and general maritime law for violations related to the spill. In this first phase, the court decided who was at fault for losing control of the well and the blowout that resulted in the rig explosion, fire, and spill. In the second phase, the court will determine the amount of oil spilled into the Gulf before assessing civil penalties in the final phase.

According to numerous press reports, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder applauded the ruling, saying, “The court’s finding will ensure that the company is held fully accountable for its recklessness” and “will serve as a strong deterrent to anyone tempted to sacrifice safety and the environment in the pursuit of profit.”

The final resolution of the case may be years away. BP has already announced it will appeal the first ruling, noting that the company “strongly disagrees with the decision.”

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I wanted to alert you to an IG investigation that is currently going on at the Department of Interior. Seems the old MMS, now BSEE (Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement) did not change the problems that caused the Deep Water Horizon event in the Gulf. Several senior leaders of the Office of Regulatory Programs is under investigation for contract fraud and hiring fraud - funneling money to and hiring friends and family. I have spoken with several staff there and they confirmed to me that the agency is investigating them and the HWE they have created as a result. I have requested information via FOIA and was denied "Due to ongoing investigations" Please watch them and report the truth - DOI investigating wrong-doing by DOI is never good.
Now that America understands the $4,300 per barrel figure, its time to face up to BP's real and premeditated crime. Within days of the explosion, BP had cameras down and knew the well was blowing out up to 110,000 barrels per day. Do the math: $4,300 X 110,000 = $473 million per day in fines for an in determinant amount of time. Realizing it was in a fight for its very existence, BP decided to lie about the size of the spill and make most of the oil disappear by pumping toxic chemicals into the flow and spraying them on any oil that surfaced. The toxic Corexit would sicken, kill, or at the very least shorten the lives of 170,000 cleanup workers and coastal residents. The only way to punish BP for gassing American citizens and poisoning the Gulf of Mexico is for our government to use "The BP Corollary" to extend the Monroe Doctrine to foreign corporations and use it to force BP to divest its US assets, pay all claims and restitution, and leave our hemisphere.
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