The Department of Justice announced that it plans to sue BP and eight other companies in connection to the oil rig spill in the Gulf of Mexico that lasted throughout the summer of 2010. Professor Gregg Macey discussed the potential suit with Digital Journal. “BP’s potential liability is on the order of tens of billions of dollars,” he said. “DOJ is seeking to recover response costs and natural resource damages through the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) and civil penalties under the Clean Water Act (CWA)… The maximum penalty under CWA, if BP is found grossly negligent, is $4,300 per barrel.”
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