Why Isn't British Petroleum Under Criminal Investigation?

Several former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials have been asking why hasn't the government has not launched a criminal investigation into the British Petroleum company following the catastrophic explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

Evidence has emerged that appears to show BP knowingly cut corners on maintenance and safety, which could amount to criminal violations of the Clean Water Act. Since people died in the explosion, BP and company officials could also potentially face prosecution for negligent and reckless homicide.

According to Truthout:

“Scott West, the former special agent-in-charge at the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division, who spent more than a year probing allegations that BP committed crimes in connection with a massive oil spill on Alaska's North Slope in 2006, said the company's prior felony and misdemeanor convictions should have immediately ‘raised red flags’ and resulted in a federal criminal investigation.”

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