On Wednesday, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) served BP with five new citations for regulatory violations arising from operations during the spill that sent over 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Although businesses and ecosystems along the Gulf Coast are still in shambles, BP is trying to put the whole nasty ordeal in the past. In fact, the company has already resumed deepwater drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico.
Although BP would love to forget its role in the worst environmental disaster in American history, it’s legal trouble stemming from the Deepwater Horizon explosion are far from over.
The newest violations were issued as Incidents of Non-Compliance (INC). A total of five INCs were issued by faxed letter to BP; four of the INCs were violations of one regulation in different sections of the well.
“Our federal regulations exist to ensure safe and environmentally-responsible activities. We will continue to be vigilant in enforcing those regulations,” said BSEE Director James Watson. “Further review of the evidence demonstrated additional regulatory violations by BP in its drilling and abandonment operations at the Macondo well.”
BP spokesman Scott Dean said the British company would appeal all the violations. He said the issues raised in the latest citations “played no causal role in the accident.”
Earlier this year, regulators concluded that while Transocean and Haliburton shared some fault, it was BP’s continued violation of federal regulations, refusal to heed crucial warnings and an inattention to safety measures that was ultimately responsible for the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 rig workers.
BP has 60 days to appeal the citations, after which the BSEE will consider the imposition of civil penalties.
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