False reporting is clearly a pattern and practice of these thugs. Is there anything “real” about BP? Yes, there is something. They are true to their criminal negligence, they are true to their murder of Mother Earth, they are true to their lies and deception:
The Department of Interior on Wednesday slapped BP America Inc. with a $5.2-million civil penalty for submitting “false, inaccurate or misleading” reports regarding natural gas production on Southern Ute tribal land in southwestern Colorado.
It was believed to be the largest civil fine the department has levied since penalties were authorized by federal law in 1982.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (they’re the ones that replaced the scandal-ridden MMS) were the ones who laid the fine on BP.
[T]he company’s reports included incorrect royalty rates, sales prices and production data related to the leases. All of those factors are used to compute the amount of royalties BP owed to the tribe. [...]
Collectively, [BP] racked up 25,949 violation days across the leases it held on Southern Ute land…
BP may appeal the fine. Good luck with that.
Remember my first sentence, the one in which I said BP had a pattern and practice of false reporting? I’m not alone:
[F]ederal officials said was a pattern of behavior by BP that seemed to disregard the importance of filing accurate monthly reports. [...]
[A]ccording to Michael R. Bromwich, director of the ocean energy management bureau, led the government to conclude “that BP’s continued submission of erroneous reports was knowing or willful.“
So I guess that “it was all a big misunderstanding” rationale is out of the question. Pity.