Oil Companies Pay a Pittance in Penalties to Offshore Drilling Regulator by Marian Wang, ProPublicaQuicklink submitted by Scott Baker Permalink
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|In an analysis of civil penalties levied by the regulator, ProPublica found that over the past 12 years the average penalty has been $45,000. Currently, MMS can fine oil and gas companies a maximum of $35,000 per violation per day  (PDF). The biggest fine an oil company has paid to the agency since 1998 was $810,000, paid in 2001 by Chevron. Overall, the Minerals Management Service has collected $20 million.|
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