facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

BP may face criminal charges for oil spill

Dec. 29, 2011 at 9:33 AM   |   Comments

1 of 2
| License Photo
WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Employees with British energy company BP may have underplayed risks associated with drilling in the Gulf of Mexico before last year's spill, sources said.

Transocean, Halliburton and BP are locked in legal battles over which company bears ultimate responsibility for last year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

An October report listed seven violations for BP and four each for Transocean and Halliburton and the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement in early December said it notified BP of five additional regulatory violations stemming from operations at the Macondo well.

The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed and unidentified sources close to the matter, said federal prosecutors are in the drafting stage of filing charges against BP employees for the spill.

"The breadth of the investigation isn't known," the newspaper reported. "The prosecutors assert the employees may have provided false information to regulators about the risks associated with the Gulf of Mexico well while its drilling was in progress."

Charges of lying to federal regulators, a felony, could become public by next year, the Journal reported. If they materialize, they would be the first criminal charges tied to last year's oil spill.

The April 2010 incident touched off the worst spill in U.S. history. The U.S. Coast Guard said it considers 90 percent of the contaminated area clean.

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
FBI arrests Google employee accused of nude photo scam FBI arrests Google employee accused of nude photo scam
2
Navy tests MQ-8C unmanned helos Navy tests MQ-8C unmanned helos
3
Europe must drop the euro, Germany abandon mercantilism Europe must drop the euro, Germany abandon mercantilism
4
Harris selected for geospatial data products Harris selected for geospatial data products
5
Sweden plans to replace its Defense and Security Export Agency Sweden plans to replace its Defense and Security Export Agency
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback