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Whistleblower Says Law Enforcement Let Oil Company Sail Away with Small Penalty After Dumping Hazardous Chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico

A whistleblower who reported supervisors from Walter Oil & Gas Corporation, Cal-Dive International and Helix Energy Solutions for deliberately dumped chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico says the United States ignored his evidence costing the government $28 million in fines.

Whistleblower Disclosure Leads to Three Crew Members Convicted and $2 Million in Criminal Penalties for the Vessel Operator

Three whistleblowers could be eligible for up to 50% of the $1,000,000 fine issued to Aegean Shipping Management SA for violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. The disclosures by the whistleblowers resulted in the conviction of two vessel engineers, criminal penalties for the vessel operator and conviction of the ship’s captain.

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