Oil Companies Pay a Pittance in Penalties to Offshore Drilling Regulator by Marian Wang, ProPublica

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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 [3] (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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