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|Subject: Bee Pee||Date: 11/15/2012 3:19 PM|
|Author: Goofyhoofy||Number: 1837063 of 2080740|
I'm remembering the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. Nearly a dozen workers killed, safety concerns overridden, blowout preventer failed - and then, when the dreaded heavy hand of government stepped in, the shrieks from the Right.
It was called "extortion" to have BP put up a surety bond to pay for the cleanup. Someone else said it was a shakedown by the DoJ, so Obama would have a slush fund to play with. How the government shouldn't be involved because BP would do the right thing anyway.
BP to Plead Guilty to Felonies, Pay $4.5 Billion in Spill
BP BP.LN -0.08% PLC has agreed to plead guilty to felony charges and pay $4.5 billion in penalties, including $1.26 billion in criminal fines, stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 workers in 2010 and unleashed the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
Separately, federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against three current or former employees of BP over the disaster, including two engineers who were on the drilling rig when it exploded and a higher-level executive involved in the energy company's spill response.