Let us imagine what would happen if you or I owned a tugboat or truck and what would happen to us if, due to our negligent maintenance, the diesel fuel in the tanks leaked out and washed into a stream or bay.
I am sure that local, state and federal law enforcement and environmental quality agencies would jump on us with both feet. We would probably have our bank accounts frozen, have liens against our properties and would have a good chance of ending up in jail.
Why hasn’t this happened to the mega-polluter BP? Have liens been filed against BP assets? Have its corporate records been subpoenaed? Are the CEO and other responsible parties facing prison time, or are they just sitting back waiting for their bonuses?
Does BP stand for Big Polluter or Beyond Prosecution?