Skip to comments.Government to launch criminal probe into BP spill: Holder (BP resumes cutting after brief pause)
Posted on 06/01/2010 1:13:59 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
(Reuters) - The government has launched a criminal probe into BP Plc's (BP.L) massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday.
Federal agencies, including the FBI, are participating in the probe and "if we find evidence of illegal behavior, we will be forceful in our response," Holder told reporters after meeting with state and federal prosecutors in New Orleans.
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Black Panthers with night sticks outside a voting location...they found nothing there.
They could have at least waited until they get done with Gov. Brewer and AZ before they go after BP.
this gusher sucks.........but it looks like BP smarter than OB
Can you update the title since they are cutting again?
They’re “multi-tasking” when it comes to going after their enemies using the resources of the State.
I agree. ACORN, no problem...
You know damned well Obama is going to get a pass for offering Sestak the job too.
Take those suckers out and try stuffing them down the hole until it stops.
Fairfax County VA has over 184,000 lawyers by itself ~ I guarantee we can afford to GIVE TIL IT HURTS!
Article titled "Why Obama should put BP under Temporary Receivership"
The solutions from the LEFT just keep rolling in but still come up SHORT. Sarcasm intended
We will have to endure the pollution of the airways by endless commercials aired by law firms trolling for new “class action” clients whose “lives were destroyed by the negligence & horror of the BP oil leak”.
These bottom feeder lawyers ads will be around long after all of the oil has been reclaimed, recovered, evaporated, eaten by bacteria, etc.
If I were a “good old boy” with a trawler in the Gulf, I’d be out with a boom, a big centrifugal pump and a garbage scow barge just raking in all that black gold. Then I’d send FEMA & BP bills for expenses of the cleanup effort (hey, someone might pay up :-) ).
Finally, I’d sell the oil, laughing all the way to the bank.
Here’s how Obama’s handling the spill
I would love for a BP whistleblower to come out and discuss greased palms and campaign contributions....
That's what I would do.
I believe it is Kevin Costner that has an oil cleanup invention that cleans sea water -
but they can’t get the OK from the gov’t to do it.
“if we find evidence of illegal behavior, we will be forceful in our response,”
Like the club wielding thugs at the polling place?
Like the bribe to keep a congressman from running against Specter?
This administration is so incompetent.
Has Obama returned the almost $1 million in campaign contributions from BP yet?
This should help clean up the oil spill......except it won’t.
Good to know the Obama admin has its priorities straight.....no boom and sand bags for the gulf coast, but they have plenty of time to sick the lawyers on BP.
It seems like I couldnt despise them more than I do right now but I know it will be worse tomorrow! I see I am not alone on this!
You’re not alone, that is certain.
This is, on a lower level (so far), exactly what Stalin and other communist leaders did. Charge engineers and executives with crimes.
My thought exactly. Let THE ONE create a miracle to fix it.
ya gotta start somewheres!
Exactly. If I’m BP, I look at all my legal obligations, and then move my operations out of the U.S., and say “to hell with you”, we will focus on drilling elsewhere and make a transition to selling oil to the Chinese. Like filing for bankruptcy, just say “sorry, there’s nothing we can do, we’re done, have fun plugging the hole, daddy”.
In response to problems, Obama and his administration litigate and manipulate. They know little else.
They have no idea how to produce things or correct problems.
Surely all of you understand that they wish to nationalize the oil companies, hence “state owned oil”. They can charge how ever much they want per gallon and collect lots of tax dollars.
He said.... .”You gonna know what its like to be ruled by the Black Man, Cracker!”
I guess now we know.
This is what's happening whether he likes it or not. Two people I adore who are (not party-line) Democrats both said that they thought, at this point, this was now Bobo's "fault", and that they would not be voting for him in 2012, plain and simple.
Not that I could get them to vote for Palin (it's a state she'll carry anyway) but that Bobo has "greatly disappointed" them. I could hardly contain my glee -- which was immediately tempered with my love of the Gulf Coast and the people there.
I wonder if they are going to include the federal government’s response in the ‘probe’?! /s
They are sending lawyers to do an engineers job.
Verdict first, evidence second is an alice-in-wonderland approach to fixing problems. Instead of hurling accusations, threatening jail, or sending lawyers, the administration should right now be 100% focussed on fixing hte problem and helping to stop the leak. So far, they havent done anything helpful. It’s all on BP.
BP didnt do anything intentional, but they screwed up. When the post mortem is done, they will surely find that risks were either not accounted for properly, and/or
There is always a cause, whether it was human error or some level or risk that was not properly accounted for.
Good engineering always involves the ‘belt and suspenders’ approach of multiple lines of defense to potential risks, especially catastrophic ones. In the other infamous oil spill, Exxon Valdez, it was concluded that double-hulled tankers are a lot safer than single-hulled (as Valdez was); so double-hulled is now required. .
We now know that the Federal Govt has been slow in approving mitigations - booms, centrifugal treatments, dispersants, oil burns - in case after case, the Federal authorities held back approval or were slow to respond.
Blaming BP while being slow to help fix the problem is the wrong approach.
Just like Atlas Shrugged.
When will the Reuters editor figure out this situation is not a “spill?” Call it a catastrophe, eruption, gusher, disaster, etc.
Ah, a “Devil’s Dictionary” definition:
Journalist, noun. “Just a writer who doesnt understand whats going on”
Chris Matthews continues to allege that this is all Cheney’s fault. He mentioned a “Bush White House Spokesperson” who now works for BP. Any idea who it is?
The group OFA stands for ..
“Obama Eff’ing America”
You already posted my thoughts.
Good...now they are too busy to look into the Sestak bribe adn appoint an independent council to look into that for us.
They could declare it was an act of god that caused it and say Obama we’d like to help but we are resource constrained right now...so sorry.
But then they still have assets in the US that could be confiscated by the gov’t. So I guess it depends on which is the better move financially.
Additionally, the Justice Department could pursue other traditional charges if they find the companies made false statements or obstructed the investigation.I was wondering what the charge would be. Apparently, the Justice Department will demand all sorts of evidence that isn't really needed to understand what we already know happened and then make a charge of obstruction for not providing every document created by the company over the last few decades.
BP is British. Its going to be much harder for Zero to make a grab for them.
My thought exactly...BP stands for BRITISH PETROLEUM, the bought out AMOCO many years ago...
They should just say...”OK, we’re closing ALL US operations and will no longer sell our BP products in the USA”...adios!
Microsoft should have done this too, just stopped selling Windows years ago when the Klintoon Admin was suing them...
Market tanked in the afternoon on the Israeli warplanes being fired on by Lebanon and the damage done to the oil space by Obama.
As far as accidents go this does not rise up to the level of a drunk driver running someone over. If the market deems that the administration can punish companies with criminal investigations on a whim then prices will reflect that fact. The administration can once more complain about corporations not hiring as they let people go. He hurts the markets,the markets will hurt the economy. Its not planned,its not malice,its just how they work.
Will Hussein give back all his BP-related CAMPAIGN donations? Will Hussein appoint a special prosecutor to investigate BP's ties to the Interior Department and his administration granting of free passes to BP? Will Hussein stop fundraising and golfing and guffawing it up with athletic teams while this leak continues??
I read yesterday that BP has lost something like $40 billion in stocks since this began. They are definitely resource constrained right now. Besides if the very work you are doing is going to be viewed through the lens of a criminal investigation the first thing you do is stop all work.
Post of the Day!
Political grandstanding scares markets.
You know damned well Obama is going to get a pass for ___________ , too.