Gulf Oil Spill Update – Criminal Investigation Launched in BP Oil Spill
The United States government has found itself in a most peculiar situation in the whole gulf oil spill mess caused by one of BP’s oil lines that broke 5000 feet in the ocean.
News is out today that the federal government is working with state officials in Louisiana to explore possible criminal and civil legal action against BP. With 11 people dead from the initial BP oil rig explosion, and now the worst natural disaster occurring in the Gulf of Mexico, someone (or several people) has to ultimately be to blame for the disaster.
However, with the federal government pursuing possible criminal charges, they are simultaneously relying on BP to figure out a way to actually stop the oil from bleeding into the Gulf of Mexico. Does this double edged position put the government in a predicament? Should the government hold off on any criminal investigations until BP has figured out a way to stop the oil leak?
Ultimately, I don’t believe it would be in BP’s best interest to take their focus off the task of stopping the oil leak regardless of the legal action being pursued from the state and federal government. The oil has to stop leaking, period – and only BP, at the moment anyway – are the only ones who can stop it.