WASHINGTONU.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, issued the following comments on Thursday regarding the announcement that BP had reached a financial settlement with the government on criminal charges arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill:
"After the oil spill, I was emphatic that BP should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law and even to the extent of its existence. This deadly and costly tragedy was avoidable, and those responsible should be held to account. While we have not yet seen all of the settlement terms, today's agreement on criminal liability appears to be a strong step forward in that process. My firm expectation is that the Department of Justice will also zealously pursue recovery of the maximum amount of Clean Water Act civil fines. As Congress determined in the RESTORE Act, which I fought for along with other Gulf Coast members, the Clean Water Act civil penalty dollars are critically important to the long-term economic and environmental recovery of the Gulf Coast."