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BP Oil Spill Criminal Settlement (2012)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs, Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2012-11-23

Duration: 00:08:24

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010 | Jones, Keith D. | Graves, Garret | Environment


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Jones, Keith Panelist
  • Graves, Garret Panelist
  • Driscoll, Melanie Panelist


This segment from the November 23, 2012, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features an in-studio panel discussion on BP’s agreement to pay the largest criminal penalty in United States history for the 2010 BP Oil Spill. Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford talk to the following panelists: attorney Keith Jones, the father of one of the eleven workers killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion; Garret Graves of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority; and Melanie Driscoll of the National Audubon Society. The panelists discuss: BP pleading guilty to eleven counts of manslaughter; the upcoming civil litigation; the effect of the criminal decision on BP’s Clean Water Act fines; why the oil spill is considered a live disaster; BP’s lack of cooperation in the current clean-up efforts; and whether this settlement sends a message to other industries about the importance of safety. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford