Ok, maybe i wasn't kidding about that Three Strike rule
Looking at our latest wonderful oil spill, i see this:
Meanwhile, Plains All American Pipeline is among the worst violators listed by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration and surpassed all but four of more than 1,700 operators in reporting safety and maintenance infractions, the federal agency said.
How was this company still allowed to operate? Obviously those fines were just the cost of doing business and didn't inspire a serious revamp of their operations or infrastructure. Note that their previous spills caused $23 million+ in "property damage" (which probably underestimates or ignores the environmental impact) but they only payed $3.25 million in penalties. They also spent $41 million to upgrade their pipes so it wouldn't happen again, but here were are talking about them today. Shut these guys down.
By fnord12 | May 22, 2015, 9:31 AM | Liberal Outrage
The penalties should equal the damage done.
The $41 million upgrade will be written off, and was obviously overdue.
When the punishment for committing a crime is vastly outweighed by the proceeds from said crime, expect the crime to continue.