The Wall Street Journal reported that BP has plead guilty to criminal charges for the Deepwater Horizon disaster and will pay $4.5 billion in fines and restitution.
Under the agreement, BP said it will plead guilty to 11 felony counts of “seaman’s manslaughter” relating to the deaths aboard the drilling rig, admitting that its workers were negligent when they misinterpreted a key well safety test.
The company also will plead guilty to one felony count of obstruction of Congress stemming from false information it gave about the rate that oil was leaking from the well.
In addition to the settlement Thursday, three former BP employees were charged by a federal grand jury with felonies in the incident, two of them for allegedly failing to carry out a critical safety test properly.
Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West said the government will continue to vigorously pursue its civil claims that BP committed “gross negligence” when it allowed nearly five million barrels of crude to escape from the deep-water well. (Read More)
The company is still facing up to another $20 billion or more in fines in the civil proceedings. I’m just wondering if BP is guilty of criminal charges for negligence, why isn’t anyone in the government, Eric Holder included, guilty in the case of Operation Fast a Furious? A lot more people were killed by the botched gun-walking fiasco. Yet, we hardly even hear about that anymore. And why is nobody in the Obama administration guilty of negligence in leaving Ambassador Chris Stevens and the other Americans in Benghazi with no security when they knew an attack was imminent? It’s disgusting that those in government aren’t held to the same standards as the rest of us.
Speaking of Benghazi, check out the latest on that mess at The Other McCain. After Obama’s feigned outrage yesterday over questions on Susan Rice, the White House released the talking points given to her by the CIA before she was trotted out on the Sunday shows after the 9/11 attack. Gee, do you think the timing was deliberate considering that it was released just before the current and former CIA directors were scheduled to testify before Congress?