Feds to launch criminal inquiry into BP

June 2nd, 2010 - 8:34 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington DC, Jun 2 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Obama administration has announced that it has started criminal investigations into the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Obama administration has come under barrage of criticism for not been tough enough on BP. But President Obama said all that is about to change, when he met with the two men he has positioned to head the inquiry. “If our laws were broken, leading to this death and destruction, my solemn pledge is that we will bring those responsible to justice on behalf of the victims of this catastrophe and the people of the Gulf region,” US President Barack Obama said.

An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon on April 20 triggered the spill. The blast claimed the lives of 11 rig workers and has led to the worst United States oil spill disaster in US history. US authorities are investigating BP and Transocean. Transocean is also being investigated, because they own and operate the rig that exploded and sank leading to the spill.

There has been intense pressure on the United States President to do more than talk his way around the spill. BP who has been at the forefront of the cleanup, that has so far failed in their various attempts to block the leak. The recent fail was the ‘top kill’. But later the company announced after 36 hours of trying the top kill method that it has failed too.

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