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Former FBI Agent Takes Key Role in Oversight of Billions of Dollars in Settlement Money from BP Oil Spill

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A former FBI agent will oversee the Deepwater Horizon Court-Supervised Settlement Program, which is responsible for paying out billions of dollars in private claims following the 2010 BP oil spill the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

That job goes to David Welker, who served as special agent in charge of the FBI’s New Orleans office until he retired in April 2012.

David Welker

Before the promotion, Welker was the claims program’s director of fraud, waste and abuse, a position he had held since June 2012.

Justice Department Investigates BP for Allegedly Lying to Congress

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. government has estimated that about 4.1 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico by BP in 2010 were never cleaned up.

Now the Justice Department is investigating whether BP execs lied to Congress about the total amount of oil leaked, reported the Wall Street Journal on Monday.

The accidental explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig killed 11 workers and ruptured the Macondo well. It took months to successfully cap the well as engineers scrambled desperately to contain the powerful force of spewing oil.

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Justice Dept. Exploring Possibility of Criminal Charges Against BP

BPBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department appears to be sharpening it chops as it considers taking a pound of flesh out of oil giant BP, which has failed to put a cap on the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that a team of federal prosecutors and investigators have taken the initial steps into looking into the possibility of criminal charges to see whether the company “skirted federal safety regulations and misled the U.S. government by saying it could quickly clean up an environmental accident.”

The paper reports that federal and state authorities have told BP not to destroy documents and internal documents.

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