Details of BP Criminal Settlement Released

Over the last day or so it has been widely rumored that British Petroleum has reached a settlement on criminal charges for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster in which at least 11 people lost their lives on the rig alone and spilled over 4.5 Million Barrels of Oil and uncounted amounts of toxic chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico.

BP to Admit Crimes and Pay $4.5 Billion in Gulf Settlement

By JULIA WERDIGIER, The New York Times

Published: November 15, 2012

Even with a settlement on the criminal claims, BP would still be subject to other claims, including federal civil claims and claims for damages to natural resources.

In particular, this settlement does not include what is potentially the largest penalty: fines under the Clean Water Act. The potential fine for the spill under the Clean Water Act is $1,100 to $4,300 per barrel spilled. That means the fine could be as much as $21 billion, according to Peter Hutton of RBC Capital Markets in London.

Sources say at least 2 employees will be charged with manslaughter.

BP settlement not the final word in spill story

By Steve Hargreaves @CNNMoney

November 15, 2012: 12:56 PM ET

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — BP announced Thursday it settled criminal charges with the U.S. government over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill for $4.5 billion. But that won’t resolve some of the biggest liabilities still facing the company.

Chief among them is the penalty that could come out of the Clean Water Act — a potential civil fine for spilling the oil itself.

If things go the company’s way, that fine could be somewhere between $3.5 billion and $5 billion, said Jason Gammel, an analyst at Maquarie Securities Group in London.

But if BP is found guilty of gross negligence in the spill, the penalty could more than quadruple to roughly $20 billion — dwarfing today’s settlement.

The government has accused BP of gross negligence in the spill. A civil trial is set for February, and could drag on for years.

BP’s $7.8 Billion settlement with victims in the uncapped class action has yet to be approved by courts.


  1. the jail time (i.e. manslaughter). I don’t know all of the facts, but I bet the big decision-makers are in no danger of facing jail-time.

    Money fixes everything for the fat cats (although 21 billion isn’t going to be nearly enough to compensate for all the damage).


    Which essentially means the BP thing is a far more recent event in comparison to the official fairy tale of September 11.  But why do I associate totally dissimilar events in this manner?  Because somebody spent a ton of money on ads saying the Gulf of Mexico states came out of this event just fine.  Tourism was up, the seafood was great as my CT crowd was forming pools about the bankruptcy date of the BP corporation.

    I can only ponder the question as to why they have humped upon BP while ignoring the zombinalic retardation of creating several wars of error based upon the massive deceptions stemming from 911.  A sort of GITMOized NDAA OBushMA PNACian peace prizian…Jesus H Christ….no wonder I have opted for the peaceful persuit of understanding horses.

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