Investigations

'BP Squad' to Start Criminal Probe

Perhaps they’re hoping to sell film rights once the investigation is complete? A team of federal investigators known as the “BP squad” is preparing a wide-ranging criminal probe of BP, Halliburton, and Transocean (which operated the Deepwater Horizon rig), says The Washington Post. Housed at the FBI offices in New Orleans, the team includes officials from the EPA, Coast Guard, and other agencies; the investigation will include looking into whether cozy relationships with federal regulators contributed to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The companies are also being investigated for violating environmental laws, false statements by company officials, obstruction of justice, and falsified test results.