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Is Halliburton Getting Off Easy for Destroying Oil Spill Evidence?

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A company worth billions gets hit with a $200,000 fine, and Big Oil's critics are less than pleased

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Kit B (276)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 6:52 am

Of course they are getting off easy. This is barely a slap on the wrist.

Lisa W (143)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 7:10 am
This is unacceptable, ty Cal!

Ellen G (325)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 7:26 am
All of them got off easy.

Solitary Eagle (324)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 8:27 am
According to journalist, Peter Henderson @Henderburn, $200,000 is the maximum possible. That needs to change.

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 8:50 am
200,000 is not much if they have all that money should have taken away their trading licence or something for a few months

lee e (114)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 9:07 am
are you sh**ting me?! What would real justice be for domestic terrorist organizations and corporations like "Halliburton" "NRA" 'Blackwater" et al - pocket change?
Thanks for the post, Cal

Christeen A (376)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 9:08 am
Of course they are.

pam w (139)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 9:21 am
Unbridled arrogance encouraged by a SCOTUS which views these corporations as ''average citizens."

Arielle S (313)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 10:32 am
Actually, they should all have been forced to move there and spend their days cleaning up this mess, listening to the people that were living there, watching the wildlife die, and dealing personally with the ire of the nation. The money is nothing to them.

Kat K (54)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 11:14 am
What do they care about a mere pittance~~that's what it is to them. As long as these people keep getting away with this, they are going to keep doing it!! Make these liars and masters of deceit accountable for what has happened. They are destroying the planet!! They are greedy pieces of crap who care nothing about living creatures or about our environment. THAT'S PRETTY OBVIOUS, WOULDN'T YOU SAY???

Ravenna C (20)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 11:53 am
I saw this briefly online a couple of days ago but was so busy with School and Work that I didn't have time to go over it thoroughly...I knew I could count on Cal to post something for me to get to this weekend! Thanks Cal!

I can't say I am at all surprised. I knew as soon as this all happened and heard that Deepwater Horizon was connected to Halliburton that everything that happened with regards to "Government Panels" and "Government Investigations" was going to be nothing but a show.

I knew this because Dickhead Cheney = Halliburton (Former CEO but in Big Oil and Politics that is like saying Putin is Former KGB)

They win.

You know when I read that Dickhead had a heart transplant I was shocked....not that he managed to bypass all of the ethical and legal requirements for being put on a donor list but because I was amazed they could find a heart to begin with. I guess having a heart doesn't equal having a soul.

chris B (44)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 12:24 pm
I agree with Arielle. Whoever *and that means ALL parties) is responsible, gets to clean up. No matter how long it takes. THEN they get to PAY for it too. Lousy bastards. We are letting a bunch of men 'losers' run our country and look where we are. bah humbug

Barbara V (51)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 12:40 pm
I don't have a shadow of a doubt that they are. That was Cheney's piece of the pie at one time, wasn't it, and look at all HE'S gotten by with. ,

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 12:51 pm
The only good thing I can say about this is:
If Rick Perry had been in the WH he would have declared this an act of God and let Halliburton off completely.
As it is.....I think the fines should have been a lot heftier and people should be serving prison time.

. (0)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 12:58 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 1:23 pm
Haliburton Isn't That Company Tied To Cheney??? If So I'm Not Surprise At All :-(

Nancy Anderson (21)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 1:34 pm
I agree - this is unacceptable. Make fines a painful percentage of net profits or income instead.

William Koeppen (9)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 1:52 pm
Totally Unacceptable,,, As Charged,,,,,,

Jeremy S (3)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 1:53 pm
What a surprise! Now they'll be able to point to lack of evidence and claim it never happened at all,... or would have if they hadn't been caught, anyway!

Disgusting! Just like the chemical slime they peddle, dig up, and supposedly refine.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 2:31 pm
Cake walk.

James Doeppers (0)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 2:50 pm
Thanks...I do not approve of Vice President {EX} Cheney and his Halliburton bullies

Birgit W (160)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 3:34 pm
If you belong to the 1% wealthy crowd on Earth, you get away with murder.

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 4:19 pm
Corporations and greedy politicians have almost completed the take over. We are operating under the reverse of what is dignified, correct, moral, right,spirit-enhancing for all beings and life forms. What is valued in this spreading world view is money, All that is of true value is disregarded.

Diane K (134)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 4:23 pm
Sadly noted.

Ann Breeden (65)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 4:24 pm
This doesn't surprise me in the least. especially where the former vice president owned a good portion of the company. These people simply don't care about our planet. I haven't quite figured out where they think they're all going yet but they haven't let any of us in on their secret. Mars, perhaps? I'll stay here, thank you.

Debra Tate (17)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 4:46 pm

Dianne D (490)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 5:14 pm
This is just wrong. The people need to speak up. Business is so use to keeping people in the dark, but now with media so available, they can't hide and we the people have to demand justice.

Thomas B (1)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 5:26 pm
Criminal conspiracy usually involves some jail time, except for lobbyists.

Dianna M (16)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 6:00 pm
George Weller, 86, was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter when he accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake in 2003. So shouldn't Halliburton officials, as well as BP execs, have been charged at least with manslaughter, or perhaps negligent homicide?

So, the fine is the maximum allowed by law? Not enough! But what's really infuriating is the thought that it'll be years, if ever, before they actually choke up the money. It is after all, 25 years since the Exxon Valdez. Have they paid yet? (A quick google search says no.).

Mike H (252)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 6:08 pm

Joanne D (38)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 6:10 pm
I keep saying that people who actually get punished are really getting punished for being poor. This is just more evidence.

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 6:14 pm

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 6:21 pm
You better believe they are. They're even worse than the big banks that ripped off America. Disgusting. Noted and shared.

Colleen L (3)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 6:57 pm
That's a bunch of horse crap. I'm sick of hearing how companies with lots of muoney get away with their crimes. May they rot in hel*. Thanks Cal

Sheila D (28)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 7:04 pm
Noted. Frustrating how corporations get away with destroying our environment and pay so little. Even the voluntary 55 million to Fish and Wildlife is barely a drop in their bucket.

Sonny Honrado (5)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 7:34 pm
Money talks.

Robert K (31)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 8:23 pm
Instead of the law being a maximum fine of 200K the law should be a minimum fine of 50% of the total value of the corporation to be paid in full before any operations may continue.

Additionally, every corporate executive should be jailed for a minimum of 20 years.

Until corporations are held to draconian account they will never do the right thing.

Twyla Sparks (208)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 8:49 pm
money talks and the environment suffers so then we and our children and grandchildren suffer from the selfishness of the big wigs Wallets!! These big corporations can get by with anything.. Big a--ho--s

Twyla Sparks (208)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 9:02 pm
They could have been hit with 10 times that much and it would never hurt them. SMH!!

Edith B (146)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 9:41 pm
I am not at all surprised that Cheney's company got off with a slap on the wrist.

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 9:46 pm
If Halliburton still exists as an entity, if it still make profit, if its corporate officers have yet to be thrown in jail and there to rot for the rest of their lives...then yes, Halliburton got off way too easy.

Rehana VN (0)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 10:42 pm
Politicians are "in it to get what they can out of it". If laws were implemented to the fullest & anyone who transgressed these laws punished immaterial of their positions then there will be no need for petitions etc. Corrupt politicians must be accountable together with these culprits. Perhaps we need to start at the top to bring & ring in the changes so lacking in society. This seems to be the culture across the globe. Really fed up with the politicians that get voted into government end up enriching themselves & their chommies. Halliburton should be fined millions & all those culprits involved must be charged for defeating the ends of justice. Dick Cheney ???? to many bells!!!!

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 10:46 pm
Meanwhile in China: corporate criminals found guilty of crimes on the order of magnitude as those committed by Halliburton are lined up and shot.

Inge B (201)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 12:25 am

Maria S (95)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 1:16 am
Sadly noted. I guess it's true and unfortunate that money talks. Thanks Cal.

Lona G (85)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 5:18 am
They're still laughing on their way to the next oil spill.

Frances Darcy (170)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 5:51 am
Sadly money talks. You said it good and true , Lona.

Dianna M (16)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 6:43 am
Lona Goudswaard may be right, they may be laughing on their way to the next oil spill . . . or the next oil spill may already be happening and they're scrambling to cover it up. Still laughing, of course.

Sara T (3)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 8:57 am
I'm not surprised at all. It's yet another example of corruption at it's finest in our legal system.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 12:55 pm
Cheney & his lot have always been unscrupulous, greedy, cold-blooded, thieving wheeler-dealers. Halliburton's profit from the wars (from Truthout 3/14/13) was $39.5 BILLION. Since they had corporate media in their pocket, along with a submissive Congress and a "stacked" SCOTUS, they literally CAN get away with murder. The info released by the Anon group, the Stratfor files, gave the people an "insider view" of how this group corrupts and is intertwined throughout the world.
I "got it" awhile back...picturing a few sitting around with their fat cigars, "ruminating" how to best proceed. If they have to pay any fine whatsoever, the lawyers immediately go to work trying to get them out of paying even 1 red cent. They put their P.R. people out to the media to simply lie about any-and-everything. There is no heart, no soul and no conscience. We can't ever shame them into anything. It's all just a big game to them. The only consolation I can take away is that the biggest fall hardest, and it can't continue to go on like this.

pam w (139)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 5:55 pm
Interesting how the pro-business, big money Republican fans are


on this thread....

Patsy Olive (0)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 8:13 pm
It would be so nice to elect just once or twice people into office that had a heart.

GGmaSheila D (194)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 8:15 pm
And we should be surprised?? Noted with anger.

Winn A (178)
Monday July 29, 2013, 7:19 am
No surprise here.

Robert K (31)
Friday August 2, 2013, 2:43 pm
Allowing BP and Halliburton to stay in business after the murder of the oil platform workers is unacceptable.

Fines for this kind of thing, instead of being capped at 200,000 should instead be set at a minimum of 100 billion dollars or 10 times the actual damage which is greater.

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