Halliburton Inc. will not be held accountable for criminal acts committed by its employees under a plea agreement with the Department of Justice now accepted by a judge – the firm will pay a fine for a misdemeanor.
|By: DSWright Friday September 20, 2013 10:10 am|
|By: DSWright Friday July 26, 2013 7:35 am|
Another one of America’s corporate citizens has been caught breaking the law. Halliburton, of Iraq War profiteering fame, pleads guilty to destroying evidence related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
|By: Steve Horn Wednesday April 3, 2013 5:58 pm|
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has had a “no fly zone” in place in Mayflower, Arkansas since April 1 at 2:12 PM and will be in place “until further notice,” according to the FAA website and it’s being overseen by ExxonMobil itself. In other words, any media or independent observers who want to witness the tar sands spill disaster have to ask Exxon’s permission.
|By: Steve Horn Tuesday March 26, 2013 4:28 pm|
Almost 11 years ago in June 2002, Environmental Resources Management (ERM) Group declared the controversial 1,300 mile-long Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan (BTC) Pipeline environmentally and socio-economically sound, a tube which brings oil and gas produced in the Caspian Sea to the export market.
On March 1, it said the same of the proposed 1,179 mile-long TransCanada Keystone XL (KXL) Pipeline on behalf of an Obama State Department that has the final say on whether the northern segment of the KXL pipeline becomes a reality. KXL would carry diluted bitumen or “dilbit” from the Alberta tar sands down to Port Arthur, Texas, after which it will be exported to the global market.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday November 28, 2012 1:20 pm|
The Environmental Protection Agency has temporarily suspended BP from any new contracts with the federal government. In a statement, the EPA attributes this action to “BP’s lack of business integrity as demonstrated by the company’s conduct with regard to the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion, oil spill, and response, as reflected by the filing of a criminal information.”
|By: David Dayen Thursday November 15, 2012 11:47 am|
So now we have an answer to the talk of a settlement in the BP oil disaster case. The company will pay a total of $4.5 billion in fines and payments, as well as admit to criminal charges. But the fines and payments do not include civil violations of either the Clean Water Act or the Oil Pollution Act, which carry additional fines of up to $21 billion.
|By: David Dayen Thursday November 15, 2012 6:32 am|
Well, I think we’ve figured out how an elite corporation can receive criminal charges in 21st-century America. All you have to do is spill 205.8 million gallons of oil into a US waterway. Then, you’re just going to have to cop a criminal misconduct plea, as long as the Justice Department gives you immunity from future suits and wraps up all your negligence in one case.
|By: David Dayen Monday October 1, 2012 7:14 am|
The US government has still not reached a settlement with BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, though talks continue. The issue concerns an upcoming lawsuit over violations of the Clean Water Act. A ruling that BP acted with “gross negligence” in their role in the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico triples the damages for the company, which is based on the amount of oil that spilled out of the well. This would come to roughly as high as $25 billion. The most precise figure we have is that 4.9 million barrels, or 205.8 million gallons, poured into the Gulf.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday September 5, 2012 7:40 am|
The Justice Department, which has been more active in closing cases than pursuing them lately, has accused BP of “gross negligence” in a court filing. The language has a very particular significance; if successful, BP would owe quadruple the amount of damages under the Clean Water Act, which could lead to a total of $21 billion in fines.
|By: Steve Horn Tuesday April 24, 2012 7:15 am|
Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) unveiled documents pertaining to the Royal Dutch Shell Oil 2008 Bodo oil pipeline spill that showed that 60 times the amount of oil Shell had originally reported spilling have actually spilled in the ravaged Niger Delta coastal town with a population of 60,000 people.