Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The BP Investigation Begins

MMMMaybe, just maybe, the just-announced investigation by the US Attorney General into the companies involved with the Gulf Oil Disaster will actually reveal something illegal and they can be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law (this may at some point come to involve a sudden reversal of my strong opposition to the death penalty), despite any possibly changing liability caps. Or maybe not! The best part is that, despite the oily consequences, it's perfectly likely that everything was perfectly legal. Still, I'm looking forward to how Anne Womack-Kolton explains about how BP will be fully cooperating. (Or, you know, maybe she'll get confused from the Cheney years and start rambling about how BP has executive privilege.) In other news, the Justice Department "does not have policies or plans for responding to a W.M.D. incident," says… our government. So PLEASE don't attack us with any of them there those WMDs right now, thank you.

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Kataphraktos (#226)

Shit, somebody woke up Holder. Well, I guess that 3-year nap had to end sometime.

HiredGoons (#603)

Anne Womack-Kolton has a special reserved seat in Hell.

I only hope it's next to Ronnie James Dio.

Abe Sauer (#148)

I think the investigation should be into why there was a $75 million cap on damages an oil company would have to pay for such a disaster and how ONLY NOW Congress is trying to pass a law to retroactively make BP liable for damages it currently doesn't have to pay (regardless of what the spokespeople say they;re gonna' do NOW – see, esp. Alaska and Exxon).

untitled HD (#4,555)

I think they based it on the liability cap paid to people in the Neger-Delta
region, where $5 goes a long way

untitled HD (#4,555)

Oh, wait, they haven't actually PAID anyone there, right?

untitled HD (#4,555)

Of course I meant to say NIGER-DELTA region.
Yes, I have a drinking problem. What of it?

kneetoe (#1,881)

Abe: I'll take this one: because when the cap was passed there wasn't a huge disaster out there, and when the cap is repealed, it will be to cover the huge disaster that is out there. So, basically, for a while that was a cap that never got applies.*

I'm obviously basing my analysis on my belief that the cap will be repealed.

kneetoe (#1,881)



Abe Sauer (#148)

@knee: actually the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (Bush senior 1990 which is how the $75M cap came about) was a DIRECT result of the Exxon Alaska spill. And I don' think it will matter if it gets repealed BP will NEVER in a million YEARS pay its share of this disaster. Exxon is STILL fighting claimants in court (many have died) and has not paid what it promised it would pay at the time. Why should we expect anything different. American's memories for this kind of outrage are far too short.

kneetoe (#1,881)

@Abe: Yes, I know why it was passed, and I know why in all likelihood it will be repealed or otherwise modified; I certainly don't think BP will come away from this on the hook for only $75M. As for "its share of the disaster," that's rather a hard figure to come up with, but you're probably right.

paco (#2,190)

Some day there will also be something insightful posted here about America's most special relationship. When it's newsworthy.

Dear Paco,


Jeff Barea (#4,298)

oh, please, this is how this play out: 3 year investigation, fine w/no admission of guilt, faux outrage (more at ourselves for forgetting about it all), a few BP branded but not owned stations will rebrand or close (mostly b/c we hated that owner neway, a new oil company with a stupid name will show up out of nowhere with an undisclosed contract for BP oil, BP then rebrands and everyone forgets.

untitled HD (#4,555)

yes, AGREED, and also I am sorry I was a dick to you last week.

I will buy you a Virtual Drink, which means it's not real, but the
hang-over will be

(because I used Smirnoff)

so take a tylenol, before bedtime.

On the BP thing, yes,, those gas stations will become Citgo or Valerio
(both Hugh Chavez owned, and he has recently lost his mind, poor dear)

Pop Socket (#187)

The tragedy is never what is a crime, but what is perfectly legal.

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