BP Oil Spill: 2 Employees To Face Manslaughter Charges, Report Says

BP oil spill manslaughter

NEW ORLEANS -- Oil giant BP has agreed to pay a criminal penalty in the billions of dollars for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a person familiar with the deal said Thursday.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the deal, also said that two BP PLC employees face manslaughter charges over the death of 11 people in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that triggered the massive spill.

The person said BP will plead guilty to obstruction for lying to Congress about how much oil was pouring out of the ruptured well.

The Deepwater Horizon rig, 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, sank after the April 2010 explosion. The well on the sea floor spewed an estimated 206 million gallons of crude oil, soiling sensitive tidal estuaries and beaches, killing wildlife and shutting vast areas of the Gulf to commercial fishing.

The spill exposed lax government oversight and led to a temporary ban on deepwater drilling while officials and the oil industry studied the risks, worked to make it safer and developed better disaster plans.

BP's environmentally-friendly image was tarnished, and independent gas station owners who fly the BP flag claimed they lost business from customers who were upset over the spill. BP chief executive Tony Hayward stepped down after the company's repeated gaffes, including his statement at the height of the crisis: "I'd like my life back."

The cost of BP's spill far surpassed the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989. Exxon ultimately settled with the U.S. government for $1 billion, which would be about $1.8 billion today.

The government and plaintiffs' attorneys also sued Transocean Ltd., the rig's owner, and cement contractor Halliburton, but a string of pretrial rulings by a federal judge undermined BP's legal strategy to pin blame on them.

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sorry but this is not a case of rouge employee's makeing the decisions.all this comes from the board who should all be in jail.this attitude and decision makeing all starts at the top.the little guy takes the fall and the people really responsable just walk as usual.

November 16 2012 at 6:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They can always hold out for more like the below story:

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -
Sources tell FOX 32 News that Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is willing to give up his 2nd Congressional District seat if he's given disability when he steps down.

November 15 2012 at 7:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This gets stupider as it goes on, its the chance people take to make the big money. Accidents happen quit blaming others.

November 15 2012 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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