Rep. Ed Markey (file)

Rep. Ed Markey (file)

A Massachusetts congressman is asking BP to accept the government’s latest estimate of how much oil spewed from the company’s blown-out Gulf well as a basis to determine how much it may face in civil fines.

Rep. Ed Markey sent a letter Wednesday to the head of BP’s U.S. operations telling him that the oil giant should legally own up to its obligations as one of the responsible parties for the spill.

Civil penalties can be levied under a variety of environmental protection laws, including fines of up to $1,100 for each barrel of oil spilled, more if BP is found to have committed gross negligence or willful misconduct.

Based on the roughly 4.9 million barrels, or 206 million gallons, of oil that government experts are now saying spilled from the well, BP could face fines of up to $21 billion.


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s