September 14th, 2010
11:45 AM ET

Justice Department expects to sue BP

The Justice Department expects to sue BP for damages from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to a filing made Monday night with the U.S. District Court in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Justice Department attorneys told the court it might seek claims under the Oil Pollution Act, which was enacted in 1990 after the Exxon-Valdez oil spill, and the Clean Water Act, which gives the government the right to seek potentially huge penalties.

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- From CNN's Alan Chenoff

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  1. Delores Wilson

    Doesn't the justice department have anything to do? What another waste of taxpayer money. Pay a bunch of lawyers.....Why don't they save OUR money until BP doesn't clean up or payout properly? Talk about ambulance chasing attorneys. Can't compare to these guys.

    September 14, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Bertina

      Makes absolutely no sense. The point of the lawsuit is FOR taxpayers.

      September 14, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      So getting money back is hurting the taxpayers? Even though you don't say it, you obliviously are for big companies. Please refrain from putting your bias into your argument.

      September 14, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Why don't we start holding all illegal aliens hostage like Iran does. We would have billions to clean up the Gulf and anything else we need to do?
      Trouble is, nobody would want to pay to get them back. Now why is that?

      September 14, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • paulbark

      You sound like another Republican BP apologist. Business can do no wrong.

      Recovering money from BP will SAVE the taxpayers money, not cost them money.

      September 14, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gamthin

      Hasn't BP paid every bill presented by the government so far? I'm no lover of BP or the way they have handled this, but why sue if they are already paying any bill presented to them?

      September 14, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • joseph c smith jr

      SUE BP NOW, sieze their assets enough to pay legitimate claims.. so many people here in the south have been ruined by the oil spill and bp got away without really cleaning up the beaches – the oil is 4 inches under the sand now.. and it litters the sea floor for hundreds of miles. dispersant breaks down cell walls and expensive blood tests are showing that wisespread exposure far inland, people have benzenes and related oil vapor compounds in their bloodstream from bp's release.. this was a real eco crime we watched, and our govt let bp run the show even till today we have no independent presence on the sea floor and that wellhead is still leaking even today.. but it's no problem unless bp puts more dispersant on that leak.. that's what makes the oil so toxic. don't disperse, contain it, congeal it, make it stick to itself like a tarball and get it out of the water.. corral reef and similar creatures are harmed by minute amounts of dispersant/oil in water.. obama was borne in hawaii, should be more sensitive to the water health.. bp sucks. duh..

      September 14, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
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      September 14, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
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      September 14, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
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      September 14, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Let's look at costs NOT paid for by BP so far. US Coast Guard patrolling all over the Gulf. US Navy mobilizing ships to patrol the Gulf. All searching for the oil slicks.
      NRO overtime tracking the spill. NASA overtime tracking the spill.
      That's just for starters.
      But you're right, that should be a freebie for BP, after all what's a few hundred million dollars amongst friends.
      Just pass it along to the taxpayer. Again.

      September 14, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Charlie

    Why not sue the people who authorized the drilling? Oh wait, that would be the U.S. Government.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Schulze

      haha... Good Point!

      September 14, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bertina

      No, it would be the individual lawmakers who made it easy for this to happen.

      September 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al Eli

      Well Sarah Palin said "drill baby drill"

      September 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      Why would we sue because the US allowed drilling? That makes absolutely 0 sense. There are thousands of functioning rigs that are managed well all across the US. Also, I believe liberals were the ones that wanted no more off shore drilling, nor drilling in wildlife preserves, both of which destroy ecosystems and are backed heavily by republicans. Here's your sign.

      September 14, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      I can't believe that we authorized drilling of this nature, without a backup plan in case the on-site equipment failed. I knew about this drilling, but I always presumed that there was a backup plan. It seems that everyone put too much faith in the blowout preventer. In watching the news coverage, it appeared that BP had never even thought about a condition such as this. Drilling needs to stop until the oil companies show a plan for stopping a flow of this nature within a few days, even if every piece of equipment involved in the drilling fails.

      September 14, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. P D

    They're doing exactly what they're mandated to do. Protect the nation from agressive threats to the US and it's interests. It's in our nation's interest to punish those who don't follow the rules, regardless of whether or not the government was watching them. Big business doesn't need a helping hand from the pleebs, they have their stooges in the house and senate to do that. Oh and news flash: Big oil is still raking in record profits even in the worse recession since the 1920s. but by all means keep supporting the wrong side in this war for America.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • CaveatEmptor

      Agressive threats? From BP? What?
      As for breaking rules, if thats proven then prosecute. But last I heard, the investigation had yet to determine the cause of the blowout and why the blowout preventor malfunctioned. Much less who, BP,TransOcean, etc. was responsible. We sould at least wait until the facts are in. BP is not goning anywhere............

      September 14, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mark Vick

    Well, when the governement gets involved you can figure two things: 1, it won't be done right (which is why the disaster happened in the first place) and 2) it will cost US taxpayers more than it should (so let's go ahead and sue some more – companies, states – heck – I expect one department to sue another here pretty soon!)

    September 14, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      With all due respect, without government stepping in, there would still he sweat shops with little to no pay, and the working conditions would be life threatening. Big business don't care how they get their money.

      September 14, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • cmp

      There still are sweat shops and the U.S. consumers buy their products. We may have the regulations, but that didn't stop companies from finding cheap labor elsewhere, leaving Americans unemployed.

      September 14, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Funny

    First they are fined – then, to cover his new ridiculous tax breaks – NoBammy wants to have them sued??? LOL This guy becomes more of a joke as president every single day... (oh, and before you start the "he's no suing, it's the justice dept" crap, who do you think is pulling their strings????)

    September 14, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zeb from PA

      Care to explain how big business has helped you realize your American dream? Unless you're an executive who has r*p*d the working stiff, that is.

      September 14, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Michael Schulze

    This will be fun to watch unfold. I feel it justified; they couldn't expect to get away with just cleaning a few beaches and paying off a few fisherman... Hey, maybe this will motivate them to pursue other fuels...

    September 14, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Travis

    If Obama allows this, he will have done more harm to America's world image than Bush ever did. Just because it happened to be a foreign rig that exploded, something that could have happened to any company in the world (and there will be bigger spills and problems, that's just how things work) now the biggest capitalists in the world want to go after more money. America, truly the Land of Litigation.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SPF2

    I hope that the justice department collects a minimum of 30B

    September 14, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • CaveatEmptor

      Is that on top of the $20 billion? Wow, energy prices are going to soar...............

      September 14, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. meO

    Yes definitely sue but the monies should go towards improving systems that reduce uses of petroleum products and extraction processes improvement. Also recycling of petroleum products. example: plastics rubber etc...IMO

    September 14, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Texas Pete

    I think we should sue the Justice department for misusing our tax dollars.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Matthew Cherry

    How stupid we are, if the federal Government sues BP who they think is going to untimely pay this fine? We all dammed.

    I want to see criminal charges levied and someone jailed. When Corporate Executives relies they would be jailed for their risky decisions they will think long and hard before they make those risky judgments.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bertina

      Yes, let's make sure the company NEVER pays anything.

      September 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • AB

      Really Bertina? They've already forked over $20 billion and have said they'll pay any other necessary expenses. What do you mean they haven't paid anything?

      September 14, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jason Codispoti

    Didn't BP already put up a 20 billion fund to make people whole who were harmed by this and they are paying for all the clean-up operations, isn't that enough? They should pay up for their mistakes but the Govt and all the liberals who want to demonize business and commerce want to keep making pariah's out of any big company.

    Also to whoever said they are making record profits, perhaps they should check the 10Ks, profits are down big time from record levels since the price of oil is down, but the liberal media won't report that but they sure did report when they hit those records. They deserve no pity but stop acting like businesses are anti-people and anti-American, they are the backbone of our free market economy, something very much under attack by the left and our liberal federal govt.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      Gas price down? What planet are you living on? Gas prices have been increasing. So what they bump it up to 4 dollars and then bring it slightly down and you praise God that a miracle happened. Gas used to be a dollar, know your facts before you talk like an idiot.

      September 14, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sua Sponte

      Gas prices are down. Price is about $2.50 a gallon by me... Thats a pretty big drop from the $4.00+ a couple years back, high-spped. Before name calling... CHECK YOUR FACTS. What an idiot.

      September 14, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sua Sponte

      By the way Bobby, you used to be able to buy a new car for $1,500 too... Damn car companies

      September 14, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chelsee

    why dont they use the money they would use to sue to instead pay jobless americans to help clean up the spill...just an idea, i know tons of people in need of work,

    September 14, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bertina

    So the Justice Dept SHOULDN'T try to collect money from companies for taxpayers? Yeah right.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hekmat

    BP must clean this mess ASAP or else you will pay for it big time.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
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