Justice Department files suit over Deepwater Horizon oil disaster
December 15th, 2010
02:19 PM ET

Justice Department files suit over Deepwater Horizon oil disaster

The Justice Department has filed a civil lawsuit in New Orleans against nine defendants in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a statement from the department said Wednesday.

The suit asks the court for civil penalties under the Clean Water Act, and to declare eight of the defendants liable without limitations under the Oil Pollution Act for all removal costs and damages caused by the oil spill, including damages to natural resources, the statement said.

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  1. CTexas

    The Republicans will appeal.

    December 15, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas Pete

      The govt already stole $20 Billion from BP.

      December 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Stole? Im sorry but Stole? First of all 100% of those fines were justified, from a company that is still worth 140Billion post spill, second while i agree that BP is not all to blame, (lets not forget the most currupt contracting company of all time who designed the rig, good ol' Haliburton) but common keep the lawsuits coming please!

      December 15, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walther Schmidt

      How did the government steal 20 billion from BP? Here's a news flash for ya' Texas Pete: BP runs this country. The 20 billion was merely a donation to shut us up. Now stick your ignorant head back in the sand...

      December 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Amen Walther!

      December 15, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Billy Mill Roundabout

    What a crock

    December 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Homer Simpson

    cant let the rich cronies spend my campaign contributions on fines, we'll take care of this, dont stop the checks.

    December 15, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. The Green Movement

    Dick Chaney and the Bushs will appeal!

    December 15, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. World Sea Life Foundation

    Bring'em, Shut'em down FOREVER!

    December 15, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • jared

      where did that electricity come from for you to post that stupid response?, or to make the plastic for you computer? or the million other things you use all the time?

      December 15, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ


      December 15, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe Stalin

    Capitalist stooges ~ we will bury you!

    December 15, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rob

    'Bout time.
    But now the big dance starts and the people will lose because its in the governments interest to compromise its principles with/for big business. Wouldn't want anyone to go out of business or lose any money over this little unpleasantness now, would we?

    December 15, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • And what about...

      any cry about food contamination...accidents happen, maybe if we opened up shallower waters for more drilling there wouldn't be a need for this. Let the markets act as they do, you can choose whether to buy BP gas or not...

      December 15, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fedup

    Good stuff! It was about time

    December 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. john

    About as much information as an empty paper bag. Someone gets paid for this?

    December 15, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. suzanne

    Just another piece of fluff.

    December 15, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. suzieq8898

    WHY is Halleburton not being named in the lawsuit?????

    December 15, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spell Check

      Because...its spelled Halliburton.

      December 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • suzieq8898

      To Speel Check......So sorry ~

      December 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. M

    Halliburton should be on the list, I would like to say I am surprised they are not.

    December 15, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jimmy Jack Funk

    BP/Cheney owns the Dept. of Energy, chances are they own people in the Justice Dept too. I can't believe the whole state of Louisiana did not riot after the last airing of Jesse Ventura's Conspiracy Theory when gov. officials admitted to a plan to depopulate the Gulf.

    December 15, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      How come you did not mention how Obama, and the white house knew of the disaster before it actually happened? This was also stated in the Conspiracy theory.

      December 15, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • suzieq8898

      EXACTLY ! That is what I was thinking.

      December 15, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. svscnn

    Would it have been so hard to go ahead and name the 9 defendants?

    Weak journalism.

    December 15, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • suzieq8898

      Who are on the list ? I only heard Halleburton will not be.

      December 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • cr87

      if you want real news, go to BBC:
      "The companies targeted in the lawsuit are BP Exploration and Production Inc, Anadarko Exploration & Production LP, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC, Triton Asset Leasing GMBH, Transocean Holdings LLC, Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc, Transocean Deepwater Inc and QBE Underwriting Ltd/Lloyd's Syndicate 1036 – BP's insurer."

      December 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jimmy Crack Corn

    I don't care.

    December 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
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