DOJ taskforce consolidates Macondo incident criminal inquiries

Nick Snow
OGJ Washington Editor

WASHINGTON, DC, Mar. 8 -- The US Department of Justice has formed a taskforce to maximize resources devoted to the criminal investigation of the Macondo well accident and subsequent Gulf of Mexico crude oil spill, DOJ officials said on Mar. 7.

DOJ’s criminal division, environment and natural resources division, and the US Attorney’s office for eastern Louisiana have been working for several months on separate and simultaneous investigations related to the matter, a spokesman told OGJ. He said that Deputy US Atty. Gen. James Cole decided to establish a single taskforce after assessing the overlapping cases in an effort to avoid duplication of efforts.

John Buretta, a senior counsel in DOJ’s criminal division, will lead the taskforce under the supervision of Assistant Atty. Gen. Lanny Breuer, who heads that division, the spokesman said.

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com.



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