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BP to admit criminality in Gulf oil disaster

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tired of those smarmy everything’s-right-with-the-gulf television spots BP (and that’s British Petroleum, not Bubba Petroleum) has thrown up against any network public affairs program worth watching? Well, time out for reality: A federal judge in New Orleans is green-lighting a deal to allow BP to plead guilty to manslaughter and other criminal charges from the 2010 Gulf oil disaster in exchange for a $4 billion fine. Excerpt from the Houston Chronicle:

The ruling and guilty plea to 14 criminal charges ends the criminal case against BP over the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. It marks the first criminal conviction to result from the disaster.

"The government has caught the bank robber and cut a deal with the criminals for return of the money and left the people shot in the bank robbery to fend for themselves," said rig survivor Buddy Trahan, who suffered extensive injuries in the blast but hasn't been compensated by BP.

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