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Charges Loom in Deepwater Disaster

Engineers, at least one supervisor under the gun
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2011 9:40 AM CST

(Newser) – US authorities are on the verge of bringing their first criminal charges related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, with several Houston-based engineers and at least one BP supervisor likely facing felonies, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. The men are suspected of providing false information to regulators regarding the risks at the Macondo well, the sources said, though they added that the Justice Department may ultimately let them off the hook, instead using the threat of charges to pressure them into aiding the investigation. (Read more Deepwater Horizon stories.)

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