Feds to Pursue Criminal and Civil Inquiries Into Oil Spill

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

CEO of BP Tony Hayward stands on the deck of the Discover Enterprise drill ship during recovery operations May 28, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico 55, miles south of Venice, Louisiana. (Sean Gardner/Getty)

BP’s legal woes are mounting as oil continues to spill into the Gulf of Mexico. Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that federal authorities will open both civil and criminal inquiries into the Gulf Oil spill.

John Schwartz, national legal correspondent for our partner The New York Times, joins us to talk about the legal inquiries. And Stanley Alpert, an environmental attorney and former chief environmental prosecutor in New York, joins us to talk about what the intent to pursue both civil and criminal cases indicates about the spill. And he offers his insight on how you go about prosecuting a corporation like BP.



Stanley Alpert and John Schwartz

Produced by:

David Ingram

Comments [1]

Joanne Gibson from New York

I don't understand why BP et al. continue to try to find a solution to 'capping' the oil spill -- seems like a bandaid solution to salvage the well when all is said and done. If they had wanted to stop the flow, a 400+ ton steel block, notched to fit on top of the well, long and wide enough to crush it completely lowered into place by 4 navy ships, guided by underwater cameras/robotics. Like a shoe on a bug. Done. A week to manufacture the steel block. Golf balls & mud? Concrete that doesn't cure? Come on.... give us a break. It's heartbreaking.

Jun. 02 2010 06:28 AM

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