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Donger
11-15-2012, 11:10 AM
http://money.cnn.com/2012/11/15/news/bp-oil-spill-settlement/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

I couldn't find the old thread, so...

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- BP will plead guilty to a dozen felony charges stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and agreed to pay $4.5 billion in government penalties, the oil company said Thursday.

Of the penalties, $4 billion will resolve criminal charges and an additional $525 million will be paid to resolve claims brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The settlement is subject to federal judicial review.

"All of us at BP deeply regret the tragic loss of life caused by the Deepwater Horizon accident as well as the impact of the spill on the Gulf coast region," said Bob Dudley, BP (BP)'s CEO, in a statement. "From the outset, we stepped up by responding to the spill, paying legitimate claims and funding restoration efforts in the Gulf."

"We apologize for our role in the accident, and as today's resolution with the U.S. government further reflects, we have accepted responsibility for our actions," Dudley added.

The fine comes on top of $20 billion that the company has agreed to pay into a trust fund to meet damage claims from the spill. It said it expects to pay a final $860 million into that fund this quarter.

BP reported a $17.2 billion loss in the quarter when the explosion took place. But it has been profitable since then, booking total profits of $43 billion over the course of the subsequent nine quarters.

In April 2010, the explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers and fouled the Louisiana coastline and other parts of the Gulf with millions of barrels of oil. Each death resulted in a felony charge to which the company will plead guilty.

In addition, the company will plead guilty to a count of obstruction of Congress. The charge is related to statements made to a member of Congress by two BP executives about flow rate estimates during the spill. The two individuals were not identified in the company's statement.

BP also will plead guilty to one misdemeanor count under the Clean Water Act and one misdemeanor count under the Migratory Bird Treaty.

Family members of the victims who spoke to CNN Thursday said they were pleased that BP was being forced to pay for the blast, but said it doesn't make up for their loss.

"It doesn't bring my boy back, but it does show everybody that they're guilty and everybody knows it," said Billy Anderson, whose son Jason was one of the rig workers killed.

Arlene Weise lost her 24-year-old son Adam on the rig that day.

"I knew all along that BP was the devil in that accident," she said. "Now they're getting their due."

But Weise said Thursday's announcement offered only a limited sense of justice.

"It doesn't matter how much money anyone pays," she said. "It doesn't nearly amount to what we've lost."

The well was capped three months after the explosion, but in that time, the spill caused extensive environmental damage to the Gulf. Embattled CEO Tony Hayward was forced to resign, and BP shares plummeted.

BP has reached a $7.8 billion settlement with lawyers representing private-sector victims. But in September of this year, the Justice Department accused BP of gross negligence and a "culture of corporate recklessness" in a federal court filing, which expanded the company's liability.

Buehler445
11-15-2012, 11:13 AM
Awesome. I love paying $4/gallon.

Deberg_1990
11-15-2012, 11:14 AM
the spill caused extensive environmental damage to the Gulf.

Did it?

Donger
11-15-2012, 11:17 AM
Did it?

No.

Rausch
11-15-2012, 11:20 AM
No.

:spock:

Donger
11-15-2012, 11:23 AM
:spock:

This topic was discussed in the thread that was created during the spill ( I think). The damage was relatively light and nowhere even close to the prognostications of doom that some were saying was going to happen.

notorious
11-15-2012, 11:25 AM
24.5 billion in fines and they will still probably have a record year.

Chief Roundup
11-15-2012, 11:28 AM
No.

Hmm I think the deformed seafood coming out of the gulf would disagree.

gblowfish
11-15-2012, 11:38 AM
I haven't bought BP Gas since the spill. And there's a station about 1/4 mile from my house.

BigMeatballDave
11-15-2012, 11:40 AM
Hmm I think the deformed seafood coming out of the gulf would disagree.

I saw the eyeless shrimp.

Good for them. They can't see the pot of boiling water that awaits. :)

BigMeatballDave
11-15-2012, 11:42 AM
I haven't bought BP Gas since the spill. And there's a station about 1/4 mile from my house.

That has little to do with the crude coming out of the ground.

bevischief
11-15-2012, 11:45 AM
I haven't bought BP Gas since the spill. And there's a station about 1/4 mile from my house.

The gas all comes from the same refinery or pipeline.

Passepartout
11-15-2012, 11:47 AM
At least they can afford to pay it. If it was a normal person, it would take the rest of their lives to pay up their fines!

gblowfish
11-15-2012, 11:57 AM
The gas all comes from the same refinery or pipeline.

What? WHAT??? BP has "Invigorate!" It makes your car go farther! Don't you believe their ads???


The BP terminal is in Sugar Creek. I know lots of fuel haulers load up there. Gas is gas is gas is gas. I would just prefer not to award BP when they fouled the gulf the way they did, and now they're weaseling their way out of paying their fare share to set things right.

jd1020
11-15-2012, 12:01 PM
Time to go fill up the tank.

saphojunkie
11-15-2012, 12:01 PM
No.

You don't... believe that, do you?

QuikSsurfer
11-15-2012, 12:03 PM
No.

:rolleyes:

BigMeatballDave
11-15-2012, 12:07 PM
What? WHAT??? BP has "Invigorate!" It makes your car go farther! Don't you believe their ads???


The BP terminal is in Sugar Creek. I know lots of fuel haulers load up there. Gas is gas is gas is gas. I would just prefer not to award BP when they fouled the gulf the way they did, and now they're weaseling their way out of paying their fare share to set things right.You can continue to not buy their fuel, but you are still likely buying their crude.

scorpio
11-15-2012, 12:13 PM
omg we can't punish the job creators

Deberg_1990
11-15-2012, 12:16 PM
You don't... believe that, do you?

There was some damage, but its pretty much believed now the "Envormental Disaster cries" were waaay overblown. You can google it. Heres one link



http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2007428,00.html

saphojunkie
11-15-2012, 12:29 PM
Dude, that article is from July of 2010. The damage done to the coastline and natural environment takes longer than three months. Or, think of it this way: It was capped ten days before this article. 53,000 barrels of oil gushed out TEN DAYS before this was written (and that's in one day). There's no way that the damage could have been assessed by July 29, 2010.

I don't think the damage has been as bad as feared, but it's nowhere near as minor as this guy was clearly trying to purport it to be.

lazepoo
11-15-2012, 12:38 PM
So who's serving time for BP's felonies?
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KILLER_CLOWN
11-15-2012, 01:07 PM
So who's serving time for BP's felonies?
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Their customers?

BigMeatballDave
11-15-2012, 01:11 PM
So who's serving time for BP's felonies?
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They made a mistake and they are paying for it financially.

Do you have a motor vehicle that burns a crude oil by-product?

gblowfish
11-15-2012, 01:16 PM
The blowout leaked about five million barrels into the gulf before it was capped. There's still oil seepage leaking from the capped site. Tar balls continue to wash up on shore, and it's been two and a half years since the accident.

saphojunkie
11-15-2012, 01:20 PM
So who's serving time for BP's felonies?
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I think two people are facing manslaughter charges.

Mr. Laz
11-15-2012, 01:27 PM
fuck all those UK bastiges


ship them all back to their island

BWillie
11-15-2012, 01:29 PM
Who cares man. They f*cked up. Do they really deserve to be fined 4 billion dollars? I think not. Hippies freaking out cuz some fish got killed.

BigMeatballDave
11-15-2012, 01:30 PM
fuck all those UK bastiges


ship them all back to their island:rolleyes:

gblowfish
11-15-2012, 03:28 PM
Even with $4.5 billion paid in fines (over a five year period), BP cleared $5.5 billion in profit last year. So, figure in the next five years they make $27.5 billion, and only pay $4.5 billion, they still CLEAR $23 billion during that time.

Not even a dent in their pocketbook, really. Slap on the wrist.

Donger
11-15-2012, 03:37 PM
You don't... believe that, do you?

Yes, but it really isn't a belief. It's a quantifiable fact.

Spott
11-15-2012, 04:05 PM
This is all bs. No single person involved in the oil industry has ever done anything close to unethical. They are all saints who make even the most trustworthy person among us seem like soulless heathens.

Ultra Peanut
11-15-2012, 04:12 PM
24.5 billion in fines and they will still probably have a record year.

B-b-but if we're any meaner to them they'll raise prices ! ! !

crossbow
11-15-2012, 05:47 PM
This is CLEARLY Scott Pioli's fault.

**** You Pioli.

Deberg_1990
11-15-2012, 05:50 PM
Even with $4.5 billion paid in fines (over a five year period), BP cleared $5.5 billion in profit last year. So, figure in the next five years they make $27.5 billion, and only pay $4.5 billion, they still CLEAR $23 billion during that time.

Not even a dent in their pocketbook, really. Slap on the wrist.

You don't want oil companies to get rich? Invent another widely popular engine that uses a widely popular fuel source.