BP Ruled 'Reckless' in Gulf Spill; Could Owe Billions
Judge's finding could quadruple civil penalties owed by BP
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 4, 2014 10:32 AM CDT
In an April 21, 2010, file photo, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns after a deadly explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

(Newser) – A federal judge has ruled that BP's reckless conduct resulted in the nation's worst offshore oil spill, leaving the company open to billions of dollars in penalties. US District Judge Carl Barbier's ruling today could nearly quadruple the amount of civil penalties BP could face for polluting the Gulf of Mexico with its Macondo well blowout. Barbier presided over a trial in 2013 to apportion blame for the spill that spewed oil from April 20 to mid-July 2010. Eleven men died in the explosion; BP already has agreed to billions of dollars in criminal fines. Barbier says BP bears 67% of the blame for the spill, drilling rig owner Transocean Ltd. takes 30% of the blame, and cement contractor Halliburton Energy Services takes 3%.

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Sep 7, 2014 11:55 PM CDT
I wish Haliburton (dick cheney) would go down. And also Black Water.
Sep 5, 2014 5:34 PM CDT
before everyone gets all excited that another big business is going to get "punished", they need to step back a minute and realize you never "punish" the business, but you punish the customer because when these penalties are assessed, it only gets passed onto the consumer in higher prices. People also seem to forget that life has accidents and things happen.
Sep 4, 2014 9:12 PM CDT
Individual corporations have been given a free pass when it comes to the environment because they're considered unexpendable. In reality, they are not. If BP was properly sued into non-existence, and its assets offered up to other environmentally-conscious corporations, then a corporate culture of environmental responsibility would be sown. Only problem of course is that corporations rule the government and the dimwit voters are too stupid to change anything.