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Gulf Coast States at Odds on Penalties for Oil Spill

nytimes.com -- NEW ORLEANS ā€” With BPā€™s agreement on Thursday to plead guilty to 14 criminal charges and pay $4.5 billion in fines and other payments in connection with its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Coast politicians are now eyeing a much bigger potential windfall from the company: $20 billion or more in civil pollution penalties for the spill.

But the negotiations over those penalties ā€” including which states get the money, how quickly, and what it can be used for ā€” could be more contentious than the talks that led to the criminal settlement.

Officials with the Justice Department, who are leading the discussions, are not simply representing the federal government, but a number of other governments, including those of the five gulf states. And not only do some states have a differe


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 8:20:18 AM

thanks for posting T42
LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 11:32:18 PM


Teafortwo...another really good article...thanks!
DrCashFlow
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 5:15:44 AM

fine not nearly high enough
52MPG
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 12:22:24 AM

Politics of getting money.
boatfloyd
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 12:14:02 AM

Fighting over the money
goldrose1
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 12:12:42 AM

Not all the protesters are short a couple marbles.
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 12:10:40 AM

It's funny how money can bring out the worst in people.
GRUMPY55
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 12:09:17 AM

All the Gulf states should get same amount of money
slkmoo
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 12:07:13 AM

vrossi46 right on
vrossi46
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 12:04:54 AM

fat cats can't wait to get a hold of money that we'll end up paying in one way or another
goldrose1
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:58:38 PM

not surprised/
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:57:44 PM

ok
bvrbill
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:56:45 PM

The lawyers are getting richer.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:54:04 PM

BP = ATM
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:51:47 PM

Lawyers paradise. Justice is "just-as" we please.

All BP customers pay for this.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:51:39 PM

As difficult as it is to do, everyone has to get together in going after BP in the civil suits. The old adage "united we stand, divided we fall" applies.
mstearno
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:50:52 PM

as consumers we pay anyways
so who cares fight over the dead carcas
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:50:43 PM

dhan for cheap gas
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:45:57 PM


Trust in all the MS, LA, and AL politicians to join the 1% if they are not there already! Thank you BP, TransOcean, and Halliburton.
rjoeh
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:43:28 PM

Everyone wanting a piece of the fatted calf. Bet when they get their share... it will be wasted and the public will see little benefit of it.
NAVYHM
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:42:51 PM

THE U.S. GOVERNMENT AND ALL THE LAWYERS INVOLVED INCLUDING ALL THE GREEDY POLITICIANS WILL ALL TAKE HOME MORE MONEY & PRIZES THAN ANY OF THE VICTIMS OR THEIR FAMILIES GUARANTEED...
my2002m
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:42:21 PM

Because they want some of the money.
VikingWoman
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:39:28 PM

This isn't hurting BP in the stockmarket - at least not today. The price per share increased $1.20 and that's a pretty good increase. It could 'adjust' tomorrow and drop a bit but if this were bad news for shareholders they would be dumping stock and the price would be dropping like a rock.
N4PIP
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:31:20 PM

"BP has been penalized enough"? Are you kidding me? They've fought every step of the way for paying anything!
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:25:14 PM

BP has been penalized enough, but government is greedy.
Mr_Bill_W
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:24:57 PM

BP ~ British Petroleum or Big Penalty? Well BP its time to pay the politics and population impacted by your stupidity so pony up the bucks!
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:23:49 PM

Don't you think BP was already penalized enough?
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:21:39 PM

BP will recovered the penalty fine from the consumers when their raised the price of gasoline...
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:17:45 PM

soo..pay up.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:17:21 PM

Naturally the feast of free money for the lawyers is like the smell of blood to great white sharks.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:16:13 PM

you mean people are fighting over money. who would have thought it possible
LQQKGAS
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:15:40 PM


Those penalties will be passed on to the consumer. Here comes obumas $8 per gallon gas!
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:15:14 PM

Hmmmm...
bojiway1
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:13:50 PM

will the federal gov delay it
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:12:01 PM

Lawyers and politicians.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:11:34 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:11:21 PM

BP=Biological Polluters.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:09:29 PM

Here we go!
MidNJ
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:06:29 PM

From the article:

"About 30 percent of the funds would be divided based on the extent of damage, and another 30 percent would go to creating and carrying out a comprehensive master plan covering the entire Gulf Coast."

++++++++++++++++

Hopefully so.
Mustache_33
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:01:29 PM

hm
DeeLA
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:00:44 PM

This has been going on too long. I'll be glad when it is finally settled.
DrLyon
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 10:59:16 PM

So..
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 10:58:19 PM

OK
dasimon
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 10:56:30 PM

Of course
pgerassi
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 10:50:15 PM

Everyone wants a bigger slice of the pie.
farn1958
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 10:42:49 PM

no surprise there
naspa
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 10:42:17 PM

Let each state sue each other. That's what our democracy is about these days. There is no need of agreement decency amongst folks anymore.
gd83goldwinger
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 10:39:58 PM

About time they make fines for there errors.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 10:39:17 PM

The courts and the lawyers will tie this up for a long time.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 10:38:06 PM

Make em pay... get r done.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 10:37:27 PM

BP is my favorite gas, usually gives me best mileage
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