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Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Department Of Justice Settlement With BP Over The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill


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"I commend Attorney General Holder and the dedicated professionals of the Department of Justice for taking this important step toward fulfilling the federal government's commitment to holding BP accountable for its actions related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. This action secures a measure of justice for the families of the 11 men who lost their lives aboard the Deepwater Horizon, and for all affected residents of the region.

"I hope the settlement and criminal charges will serve as a clear signal to corporations that preventable harm to Americans or to the nation's environment can no longer be dismissed as merely a cost of doing business. Instead, the Justice Department's actions should put everyone on notice that corporate criminal conduct will be aggressively pursued and punished. As the Attorney General made clear in his remarks in Louisiana, the Department's criminal investigation into the Deepwater Horizon disaster continues, and there is more work to be done. I have confidence that the Attorney General and the Department of Justice will continue their work on behalf of all of the affected people of the Gulf with the same dedication that led to this settlement."

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