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.


- From CNN's Alan Chenoff

soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. AGeek

    I didn't realize *not* suing BP was actually on the table as an option?

    September 14, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brian

    Another lawsuit against the American people. Who is going to have to pay for this? The American People. Who pays for every single round of taxes on businesses, oil companies and corporations? The American People. Who pays for the costs of increased regulations and fines? The American People. It's just the government's way of taxing the lower and middle class, since much of the lower class doesn't pay taxes

    September 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. perplexed

    BP should be sued. they have done everything to deflect responsibility for the mess. poor tony stewart could care less about what happens here, poor b**tard just want's his life back. the people who make their living on the gulf are expendable i guess.

    September 14, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      the people who make their living on the gulf are expendable i guess.

      Funny how you libbies weren't saying that when obama tried to block drilling on the Gulf, expected to cost over 20,000 jobs

      September 14, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. thhhhhhhhhh

    Free money for all! I mean the government! Woohoo

    September 14, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. derick

    keep working to clean all oil

    September 14, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    So BP is taking on all cost in terms of clean up and paying those who have lost money due to the spill and now the US Government wants there share of it as well? For what?

    If the object is to try and destroy a business then how much since does that make? See these companies hire people and other business also benefit from BP and they hire many people. It is called real jobs something Obama does not have a clue about because the man never ran a business in his life nor have many of the cronies democrats holding office, they deal with things they have no background in nor experience in. They would not know what a real job is and sure has hell do not know how to create real jobs.

    September 14, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • SubstanceD

      $20 billion is'nt going to begin to cover the long-term impact from this. The effects on tourism, real estate value, and fishing are all going to be devastating for years to come. And I'm sorry, but the long term survival of my home state (FL) is a hell of a lot more important to me than the long term survival of an incompetently operated international corporation that happens to have the worst safety record (by far!) among the major energy companies. I'm not opposed to business, or even necessarily to drilling, but BP is a basket case by industry standards. They've earned every bit of criticism they get.

      September 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. derick

    the san bruno incident is a reason why we need more infrastructure and we don't need to have another incident like we had in minnesota with the bridge.

    September 14, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. samantha

    Well then they should sue themselves also, Dept of Interior is a mess, 13 bill they get from drilling royalties and they never invested that into seeking better clean up technology, obama gave BP a safety award one week before the explosion. Sue him for that and for his overall incompetence. Have we ever heard if they cleaned up the renamed Mineral dept?
    They sue arizona, they shut down drilling deep water, more jobs lost, now they are going to sue BP?
    This whole admin is wrong. Vote out reid and pelosi then Impeach obama.

    September 14, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Zeb from PA

    If BP goes under because of this, good riddance! There are other oil companies that will fill the void. Free-market at it best and baddest, right?

    September 14, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Eric

    You people complaining about taxes should examine your tax bill - your actual tax rate has gone down over the last two years, not up, unless you make a lot of money. If you make $250k/year, you shouldn't have ANY trouble, no matter where you live, in putting food on your table.

    September 14, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    I doubt it. Big Business always controls government.

    September 14, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dave

    "Justice Department expects to sue BP" - And this is why BP hired an American for their CEO. Time to start making bribes to Republican politicians!

    September 14, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. M.D

    Ridiculous, enough said.

    September 14, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chopswell

    I think a suit that lowers the price per barrel to a point where a gallon of gas was at 2000-2001 levels – and lock it there for at least 10 years – would be nice. I think if gas was back to $1.00 – $1.10/gal for 10 years, that would jump start our economy again. Prices on everything could come back down to realistic levels and people would spend again. Right now, it seems like prices on everything just keep going UP, or, packaging gets smaller and price 'seems' to not go up...and this happens routinely, constantly. It has to stop and if gas could drop to a dollar a gallon, the oil companies would STILL be raking in profits and we would be able to get this economic engine running again.

    September 14, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Troll

      That sounds nice, but there are a couple of little problems:
      1) BP does not single-handedly set the price of gasoline. To force the price of gas back to $1 per gallon would require involving the entire industry (all companies that have a hand in any part of the process from oil well to gas pump).
      2) Even if we could force the price of gas at the pump to $1 per gallon for 10 years, we would be setting up our national economy to depend on an unsustainable model. It would almost guarantee that after 10 years of artifically low prices, the "real" price of gas would catch businesses (and everybody else) off-guard and trigger another recession as prices shoot up dramatically to offset the suddenly higher cost of transportation.

      September 14, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. rgw

    with all the TAX money that was spent to cleanup >> just a few questions..
    1.Why are theey still building living ??? how many feet under sea level??
    2.Why did anyone think a CAT3 rated wall's would with stand a CAT4 ???
    3.Through out the DECADES...what happened to all the MONEY that flow through New Orleans from it's PORTS..
    (Just a few questions)

    September 14, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
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