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Should Former BP CEO Tony Hayward Be Charged With Manslaughter for the Gulf Oil Spill?

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Are federal authorities planning to make an example of former BP oil chief executive Tony Hayward? It's looking like it.

Investigators are focusing on top executives in last year's Gulf oil spill and whether they ignored safety rules, according to the U.K. Daily Mail. The Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up last April in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and spewing millions of gallons in what most consider the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Hayward proved a public relations nightmare for BP right after the spill. He was forced to quit after a number of gaffes, and authorities are reviewing his statements to Congress as well as internal communications to see if he knew or encouraged cutting corners on the oil rig to boost the oil supply.

BP put aside $20 billion to compensate those affected by the oil spill. The company's internal investigation indicated that managers misread pressure data and gave approval for rig workers to replace drilling fluid in the well with seawater, according to the Daily Mail. A U.S. commission revealed that in the rush to complete the well, workers ignored risks to save time.

The Department of Justice has opened criminal and civil cases related to the oil spill. If convicted on manslaughter charges, Hayward could face up to 10 years in prison.

Read More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1371168/BP...

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  • earl 2011/03/30 18:37:29
    No
    earl
    +8
    If he goes to jail, Send the OCHA executive responsible for overseeing safety of these operations with him!!

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  • Patti The Yes Fan 2011/04/15 21:48:16
    Yes
    Patti  The Yes Fan
    If your responsible, be accountable.
  • Joey 2011/04/03 05:29:39 (edited)
    No
    Joey
    AS republicans say.. the tax payers should pay for BP mistakes .
  • Sionann Joey 2012/09/25 14:33:51
    Sionann
    what Republican has said that? That's just an ignorant statement. BP should pay, have been paying and will continue to pay for a very long time for this disaster.
  • Joey Sionann 2012/09/25 18:33:04
  • Sionann Joey 2012/09/27 18:29:44
    Sionann
    "I think the people responsible in the oil spill--BP and the federal government--should take full responsibility for what's happening there," Boehner said at his weekly press conference this morning.

    Yeah, that's taking it a little out of context. He doesn't say that taxpayers should pay. Might he be referring to The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement taking some responsibility? They are the ones that inspect these oil rigs.
  • DanielBruski 2011/04/01 00:17:45
    No
    DanielBruski
    This is totally absurd. He acted stupidly after the spill occurred, but there isn't any reason for him to be blamed for the horrible event itself. The entire company of BP should be held accountable, not one single person.
  • Anna E 2011/03/31 22:18:42 (edited)
    Undecided
    Anna E
    If it is still under investigation then I don't know. If it's found that people were negligent and Hayward was one of them, then sure. It's negligent homicide. Either way, fines should be levied at the people responsible. And I mean serious fines, like a year's profit and suchlike. BP's profit in the first quarter last year was about $6 billion, so a $24 billion fine plus restitution and compensation charges would make people like Hayward sit up and pay attention.
  • Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll 2011/03/31 20:11:30
    Undecided
    Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll
    Someone has to take the fall for it. Too bad Mr. Hayward wasn't high enough on the pyramid to get a pass.
  • The_Machine 2011/03/31 19:22:29
    No
    The_Machine
    It's not like hayward himself did anything wrong besides bein insensitive.
  • kehvan 2011/03/31 19:15:05
    No
    kehvan
    Is this a serious question?
  • jon 2011/03/31 19:03:44
    Undecided
    jon
    Not possible to decide this not enough real information BUT who ever gave the orders to bypass procedure or safety directives Highest who did and down that were in any position to say no should be prosecuted to the full extent of their culpability and the law --- in Texas.
  • UrbanHillbilly 2011/03/31 18:36:12
    Yes
    UrbanHillbilly
    These bastard need to know that they are fooling around with a lot more than money!
  • bob h. 2011/03/31 18:28:07
    Yes
    bob h.
    +1
    More like negligent manslaughter.
  • baboula 2011/03/31 18:09:11
    No
    baboula
    he is not an American citizen and doesn't live in this country, so good luck on that. The ones most responsible are those who were supposed perform safety checks.
  • Stan Kapusta 2011/03/31 17:59:04
    Yes
    Stan Kapusta
    +1
    And all the others who poisoned the Gulf. I guess having money really lets you get away with anything.
  • baboula Stan Ka... 2011/03/31 18:12:15
    baboula
    +1
    what are you going to do if something happens to one of those rigs in international waters. The oil will come to our shores. Think those countries wil actually do anything: Mexico, China, Venezuela?
    Don't hold your breath
  • Lanikai baboula 2011/03/31 22:02:56
    Lanikai
    Like every other disaster, the US will somehow get the bill for that as well.
  • Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel 2011/03/31 17:56:12
    Yes
    Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel
    +1
    Its way past time! But Obama won't do anything as he is in bed with BP.
  • Lanikai 2011/03/31 17:48:20 (edited)
    No
    Lanikai
    +1
    First, prove it wasn't eco terrorism as many of us suspect, then prove he KNEW there was a problem, then prove he was somehow negligent/

    I happen to live in the affected area, my business dropped by 30% because people from the coast shop here. I STILL Believe and will continue to believe this was intentional, by eco terrorists, so that US oil drilling would cease.
  • Joey Lanikai 2011/04/03 05:30:49
    Joey
    +1
    WOW blame anyone but the rich.
  • Lanikai Joey 2011/04/04 19:57:40
    Lanikai
    "The Rich" didn't do this.

    I don't blame anyone who makes an investment in drilling and employees people, so they can support their families. Since this platform was built by the same folks who built many other platforms, with the same materials, terrorism is a more likely explanation because none of the other platforms have had a problem .
  • Joey Lanikai 2011/04/04 20:40:47
    Joey
    +1
    I guess you never heard of people cutting corners , rich people cut corners all the all time.
  • Lanikai Joey 2011/04/04 21:11:21
    Lanikai
    If they cut corners on one, they would have cut them on others, no others have had a problem. But that one having problems would be the fault of the UNION construction guys? probably IF that is what happened. NOT the fault of the owner of the company-he is not down there supervising the subcontractors.
  • Patti ... Joey 2011/04/15 21:46:39
    Patti  The Yes Fan
    Rich people are never held accountable for their actions either.
  • Marliegirl 2011/03/31 17:32:11
    Undecided
    Marliegirl
    +1
    There are many, many issues involved here. Should Tony Hayward go to jail??? I really don't know because I don't know and can't say that he and he alone is to blame for the deaths of these 11 poor souls. However, that being said, he should not be left to go live his exclusive pie in the sky lifestyle scott free either. Nor should anyone involved in this horrendous disaster that will affect everyone along the Gulf Coast for decades to come. And if you don't think it will affect us for decades you are sadly mistaken! There is plenty of blame to go around and many people should be blamed and should have to pay - along with many companies besides BP.
  • Lanikai Marliegirl 2011/03/31 18:09:27
    Lanikai
    Add the fed to that for letting him off the hook as soon as he gave a large )20billion) exclusive slush fund to obie
  • Marliegirl Lanikai 2011/04/01 19:45:54
    Marliegirl
    +1
    That's true. Unfortunately, our oh so concerned Prez was too busy playing golf to be too concerned about the whole thing anyway.
  • Patti ... Marliegirl 2011/04/15 21:45:29
    Patti  The Yes Fan
    +1
    Accountability for those responsible. What a concept. Its amazing how many dont get it.
  • Marliegirl Patti ... 2011/04/15 21:59:14
    Marliegirl
    +1
    Unfortunately, you are oh, so correct!
  • PvK 2011/03/31 16:49:19
    Undecided
    PvK
    I don't have enough information. But I highly doubt that it's just Hayward's fault. It's even more than BP - it's the culture of oil companies in general. Oil company charters should not be allowed to have profit as their #1 priority. Their purpose should not be to maximize profits for shareholders. It should be to do an excellent job of providing fuel, while doing the least damage possible.

    The system of belief that says otherwise is what should be indicted.
  • relic 2011/03/31 16:25:04
    No
    relic
    The Loons are loose.
  • kobidobidog 2011/03/31 16:13:03
    No
    kobidobidog
    Jail is of the devil,and we should not do the things the devil wants. Save the soul,and be like Jesus with Jesus in us.
  • nan 2011/03/31 15:58:08
    Undecided
    nan
    +2
    Before he is charged and I think they all should be Cheney would be my first pick for this ..He was the CEO of the CO. that did the whole thing wrong and cheep just to save a buck now look what it has caused..
  • StupidGreedyRightWingButtKi... 2011/03/31 15:51:18
    Undecided
    StupidGreedyRightWingButtKisser
    +2
    Someone is responsible for the deaths of 11 people and the loss to 11 families. If he is responsible then he should pay the price.
  • kobidob... StupidG... 2011/03/31 16:16:50 (edited)
    kobidobidog
    We have a price of death we can never pay because all men die. Therefore to hold that price of death over the head of another is to condemn the soul of the one condemning to death. white fox, Do you see this?
  • StupidG... kobidob... 2011/03/31 16:28:14
    StupidGreedyRightWingButtKisser
    +2
    i have no freaking clue what the heck you are talking about.

    if you run something you are responsible for it and if you break the safety rules on purpose, and someone gets killed then you should pay for it.
  • kobidob... StupidG... 2011/04/15 20:03:50
    kobidobidog
    All men die. Don't you see that? That is the consequence of sin. heaven has to be in us,and when we condemn we cannot live in Gods glorified presence.

    Hebrews 12:15 ;King James Bible
    Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble [you], and thereby many be defiled. .

    Romans 12:17:King James Bible
    Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all
    men.
    Proverbs 24:29:King James Bible
    Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.

    Do you understand what those verses are saying?
  • StupidG... kobidob... 2011/04/15 21:26:47
    StupidGreedyRightWingButtKisser
    +2
    Yes. They are saying that if ye blow someone up, ye will get in trouble, sayeth the lord.
  • Patti ... StupidG... 2011/04/15 21:41:17
    Patti  The Yes Fan
    +1
    Amen LOL
  • StupidG... Patti ... 2011/04/15 21:47:32
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