That lawsuit filed by the Independent Petroleum Association of America and Western Energy Alliance against Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and others is now the lead case. The state of Wyoming along with Colorado and North Dakota filed the other lawsuit.
The company said in a 2013 release that the investigation would look into “whether Hyperdynamics’ activities in obtaining and retaining the concession rights and its relationships with charitable organizations potentially violate the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or U.S. anti-money laundering statutes.”
BHP Billiton Ltd. will pay $25 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act when it sponsored the attendance of foreign government officials at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.
Any fine above $2 billion against BP for the Deepwater Horizon disaster would be “extraordinary and severe,” double the highest-ever U.S. water-pollution fine and potentially crippling its American oil business, BP said in court documents.
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