I wish it were on the containment front but we gotta take what we can get.The Feds are likely to file criminal charges against one or more of the Corporations responsible for fouling the Gulf:
Federal investigators are likely to file criminal charges against
at least one of the companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico spill,
raising the prospects of significantly higher penalties than a current
$75 million cap on civil liability, legal experts say.
The inquiry by the Homeland Security and Interior Departments into how
the spill occurred is still in its early stages and authorities have
not confirmed whether a criminal investigation has been launched.
environmental law experts say it’s just a matter of time until the
Justice Department steps in – if it hasn’t already – to initiate a
criminal inquiry and take punitive action.
is no question there’ll be an enforcement action,” said David M.
Uhlmann, who headed the Justice Department’s environmental crimes
section for seven years during the Clinton and Bush administrations.
“And, it’s very likely that there will be at least some criminal
Such a likelihood has broad legal implications
for BP and the two other companies involved — not the least of which is
the amount of money any responsible party could be required to pay. The
White House is asking Congress to lift the current $75 million cap on
liability under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, but there’s no cap on
criminal penalties. In fact, prosecutors in such cases can seek twice
the cost of environmental and economic damages resulting from the spill.