1. OIL

    DOJ: BP Committed ‘Gross Negligence’

    GRAND ISLE, LA - JULY 21:  Pelicans sit on boom to that is protecting  Queen Bess Island on July 21, 2010 in Grand Isle, Louisiana.  A possible storm that may head into the Gulf of Mexico where BP is drilling a relief well would suspend oil spill containment projects. If a low pressure system over Puerto Rico develops into a bigger storm, precautions would have to be taken and a delay of up to 14 days could occur for work at the relief well, a project considered the best way to permanently stop the flow of oil into the gulf.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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    The Department of Justice presented examples of “gross negligence and willful misconduct” on the part of BP leading up to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The case is set to go to trial in a New Orleans court in early 2013, and the government is trying to demonstrate that most of the blame for the spill—the largest American spill ever—rests with the British company. “The behavior, words, and actions of these BP executives would not be tolerated in a middling size company manufacturing dry goods for sale in a suburban mall,” government lawyers fumed in an August court filing in New Orleans.

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