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Court Documents Detail Government’s Gross Negligence Allegations Against BP For Oil Spill

BP oil spillThe federal government has revealed in court documents that it plans to pursue charges of gross negligence or willful misconduct against BP for its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 men and injured 17 others. The BP oil spill occurred in April 2010, and has been called the most devastating environmental disaster in the history of the United States – nearly 20 times larger than the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. Not only did the BP oil spill result in death and serious injury, but numerous industries and businesses in Texas and other states on the Gulf Coast and across the United States have also suffered the consequences of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. If your business has been adversely affected by the BP oil spill, consult our qualified BP oil spill attorneys at Bandas Law Firm to discuss your legal options. With the expertise of Chris Bandas on your side, you may be able to pursue financial compensation for lost income related to the environmental disaster.


In a memo that was filed last week by the Justice Department as part of a pending civil case, the government accuses BP of harboring a “culture of corporate recklessness,” citing the company’s own internal emails exchanged among BP managers before the explosion as evidence of this claim. The Justice Department memo also criticizes BP for its internal investigation (known as the Bly report) which, while acknowledging the technical causes of the blowout, fails to examine the “systemic management causes deeply implicating the corporate managers and leadership who caused and allowed the rig-based mechanical causes to fester and ultimately explode in a fireball of death, personal injury, economic catastrophe, and environmental devastation.”


According to the Justice Department memo, “These decisions by BP’s highest corporate levels to ignore fundamental organizational safety-based systemic causes ran afoul of BP’s Group Practices for investigations, but more importantly, ran wholly counter to the recommendations of the ‘Baker Report’ (headed by James Baker, the former Secretary of State) and other investigations following the fifteen deaths sustained in another BP industrial debacle, the 2005 explosion at BP’s Texas City Refinery.” In addition to BP’s failure to adhere to safety measures, the memo also criticizes the oil company’s attempt to conceal evidence in its internal investigation. The government goes on to say that the decisions of BP executives in the time leading up to the devastating oil spill “would not be tolerated in a middling size company manufacturing dry goods for sale in a suburban mall.”


If the Justice Department can prove gross negligence on the part of BP in the 2010 oil spill, the British oil company could face fines of up to $21 billion under the Clean Water Act, depending on the actual amount of oil that gushed into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the explosion. The government isn’t the only party that can hold BP liable for the consequences resulting from the Deepwater Horizon disaster though. With the help of Chris Bandas and his team of experienced BP oil spill lawyers at Bandas Law Firm, business owners in Texas and other Gulf Coast states that have suffered as a result of the BP oil spill may be able to receive fair settlements and faster payments for lost compensation. Contact our BP oil spill attorneys at Bandas Law Firm today to file your business claim for your oil spill-related losses.