Interesting article in the Houston Chronicle. See:

http://www.chron.com/business/article/Federal-officials-turn-up-pressure-on-BP-3843168.php?utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=newsmail&utm_campaign=NewsMailDaily%20NewsLetter

The article starts with:

The federal government is signaling its willingness to go to trial against BP and accuse the oil giant of gross negligence in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, legal experts said in analyzing a Justice Department court filing.”

It also says:

In the sharply worded memo filed late last week in a New Orleans federal court, the government attacked BP’s contention that it was not grossly negligent – a distinction that could make a big difference in the amount of civil penalties BP eventually pays.

I think the most interesting part of the story to those that perform accident investigations were these two paragraphs:

The Justice Department’s memo last week outlined how it would try to prove gross negligence by BP if the case comes to trial, criticizing management behavior, the culture that preceded the accident and BP’s subsequent internal investigation.

The Justice Department says the internal report lacks ‘any semblance of investigation of the systemic management causes deeply implicating the corporate managers and leadership who caused and allowed the rig-based mechanical causes to fester and ultimately explode in a fireball of death, personal injury, economic catastrophe and environmental devastation.’