Forget That $75 Million Liability Cap: Criminal Charges IN BP Spill Are "Very Likely" Says Former DOJ Official

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As Deepwater investigations turn up evidence of negligence — including a blowout preventer that was out of batteries and hadn’t been properly tested — it’s becoming obvious that someone will face criminal charges.

McClatchy quotes the former head of environmental crimes at the Justice Department, David M. Uhlmann: “There is no question there’ll be an enforcement action, and it’s very likely that there will be at least some criminal charges brought.”

Criminal charges would put an axe through a $75 million cap on civil charges for oil pollution. The cap was already looking flimsy as Obama asked Congress to set a higher limit.

Prosecutors in criminal cases can seek twice the cost of environmental and economic damages resulting from the spill, according to McClatchy.

So what’s the damage?

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