"Federal prosecutors announced on Tuesday that they have filed the first criminal charges related to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, accusing a former company engineer of destroying evidence by deleting text messages documenting the amount of oil that was leaking from the stricken well."
This is all well and good, but obstruction of justice isn’t enough. Let’s consider that Schlumberger evacuated their team off the Deepwater rig about 12 hours before it exploded. Schlumberger is sort of the gold standard in oil services, and though they didn’t say so publicly, I have it on good authority that they deemed the well to be unsafe and took their crew out of harm’s way when BP wouldn’t shut it down. So where are the charges for criminal negligence? I’m sure a subpoena would uncover some kind of documentation from Schlumberger about the stability of the well. Certainly they wanted to cover their asses, and certainly BP ignored their concerns and instead hired the slash and burn services of Halliburton. Let’s not forget that people died out there.
(Source: The New York Times)