I don’t often find occasion to say anything good about President Obama or his Justice Department, so here’s a chance to give them their due:
They’ve got forty criminal prosecutors working on the case, and “[t]he Obama administration’s lawsuit asks that the companies be held liable without limitation under the Oil Pollution Act for all removal costs and damages caused by the oil spill, including damages to natural resources. The lawsuit also seeks civil penalties under the Clean Water Act.”
Think Progress links to an AP story that “[b]efore Wednesday, potential class-action lawsuits had been filed in the Gulf oil spill by fishing and seafood interests, the tourism industry, restaurants and clubs, property owners losing vacation renters — even vacationers who claim the spill forced them to cancel and lose a deposit. So far, more than 300 suits have been spawned by the spill and consolidated in federal court in New Orleans.”
I’m from Pensacola, and I followed the news of the ongoing spill that would not end very closely. I had enough rage to go around for both BP and the administration, neither of which seemed up to the challenge of dealing with it. Here’s hoping for something approaching, if not justice, then at least reparations.