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  •  Not just fined, but devastingly fined! (11+ / 0-)

    The little placard at the marina fueling station informs me that should I spray any soap(dispersant) on a minor fuel spill, I'll be fined $25,000. That would bankrupt many people and do major financial damage to many, many others. Yet BP can spray a million gallons of dispersants with the Coast Guards approval? I'm really getting to the point I can;t take the double standards anymore!

    Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

    by reflectionsv37 on Wed Jun 02, 2010 at 04:46:44 PM PDT

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    •  they are pushing too hard on us (6+ / 0-)

      Eventually we will bite them back.

      Earth: Mostly harmless ~ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (revised entry)

      by yawnimawke on Wed Jun 02, 2010 at 04:59:32 PM PDT

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      •  we already are. the folks who handle the (0+ / 0-)

        fines have made it clear that there is no "court case" needed.  they will be fined by the amount of oil spilled and the agency does NOT believe bp's totals.  the rep i heard the other day repeatedly said that bp has a vested interest in lowballing the totals because the fine is based per gallon.

        the government will put the fines on bp when they know how much oil is spilled.

        no one is letting bp "get away" with anything.  it is just too early to know the numbers yet.  fines can't be imposed in stages - so until the damage is assessed after the spill is contained, any numbers or fines are premature.

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