Legal Issues

Camilli, R., A. Bowen, C.M. Reddy, J.S. Seewald, D.R. Yoerger.  2012.  When Scientific Research and Legal Practice Collide. Science 337(6): 1608-1069. Find it Online*
BP subpoenaed Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), in an effort to exploit the U.S. legal system.  BP is trying to: prove that data concerning the oil spill is contradictory, limit their financial liability, and suppress its own scientific data.  WHOI fought BP’s motion because it would compromise independent scientific inquiry.

Burgess, James. “Transocean Agrees to Pay $1.4 Billion for Role in BP Oil Spill.”  06 January, 2013.  Find it Online*
Transocean Deepwater was charged
$1.4 billion to settle civil and criminal charges.  Additionally, $100 million will be paid in relation to a misdemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act, and another $150 million will be paid to each of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.  Transocean Deepwater was the operator of the Deepwater Horizon rig.  Transocean’s rig crew accepted the direction of BP well site leaders to proceed in the face of clear danger signs. 

CNN Staff. “Judge OKs settlement in BP class-action suit.” 22 December 2012. Find it Online*  
BP will pay $2.3 billion to commercial fishermen, seafood boat captains and crew, seafood vessel owners and oyster leaseholders.  An additional $525 million will be paid to resolve claims brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission that BP lied to investors by understating the amount of oil flowing into the Gulf.

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