Federal authorities opened criminal and civil investigations last month into what is now recognized as the nation’s worst oil spill. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the criminal probe last month while he was in New Orleans. He said that the government “will closely examine the actions of those involved in the spill” and that if they find evidence of illegal behavior, the government “will be extremely forceful in our response.” Without question, the conduct of BP prior to the explosion in April had been very bad. It may rise to the level of being criminal and if it does, those who are guilty should be prosecuted and punished severely. It’s clear that BP put profits over safety and that has resulted in an unprecedented national disaster. BP must be held accountable. If any person has violated a criminal law, they should be prosecuted.
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