BP staff may face US criminal charges over Deepwater Horizon oil spill

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3 January 2012

Crucial year for BP in gulf spill legal fight [USA]

Author: Jeremy Lemer & Ed Crooks, Financial Times

For BP, 2012 will be a crucial year as the UK oil major defends itself against a barrage of civil lawsuits and the looming threat of criminal charges relating to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in which 11 people died…The company is already a defendant in more than 600 private civil suits…All eyes will be on New Orleans where, on February 27, the US district court will begin to hear a consolidated amalgam of civil claims for damages…In an effort to unravel the tangle of competing claims and counter-claims, the trial is set to proceed in three phases covering blame for the disaster, the amount of oil spilt and the extent of the damage caused by the disaster…A wild card for BP and its employees in 2012 will be the criminal investigations that federal regulators launched in 2010…BP…declined to comment on the status of the criminal investigations. [also refers to Transocean, Anadarko Petroleum, Cameron Intl, Weatherford Intl, Halliburton]

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29 December 2011

BP Staff May Face U.S. Criminal Charges After Spill, WSJ Says

Author: Rakteem Katakey, Bloomberg

U.S. prosecutors are preparing what would be the first criminal charges against BP…staff after the worst U.S. oil spill last year, the Wall Street Journal reported...Prosecutors are focusing on whether some BP employees…provided false information to regulators about the risks linked to the drilling of the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico…Scott Dean, a spokesman for BP in Chicago, and David Nicholas, a London-based spokesman for the company, declined to comment on the report.

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