Offshore oil & gas companies and shipping companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico are twisting the Department of Justices arm into making deals where environmental whistleblowers are wronged.
When pollutting the Gulf of Mexico , violators are guilty of Acts to Prevent Pollution from Ships , this includes any ship , vessel , barge ,or fixed facility in any ocean waters belonging to the United States
Under the APPS the only person who has any chance of preventing pollution , the whistleblower is eligible for a reward, exactly how else will the federal authorities find evidence of thses crimes onboard ships and offshore facilities if they are not reported ?
However the corporations guilty of violating these laws threaten the United States Department of Justice that if they are prosecuted under the APPS they will fight them in court , however if the DOJ agreeses to file charges under the Clean Water Act , which provide the exact same penalties they will plea guilty.
The difference ? Under both the APPS and the CWA both have employee protection clauses , however none of these are effective and the whistleblower employees are soon terminated or harrassed with such hatfulness soon quit. The APPS however has a whistleblower reward where the CWA does not.
Corporations guilty of pollution will wheel and deal to accept a guilty plea under the Clean Water Act so that they can ensure that full financial punishment is pushed against the whistleblower , ensuring the word gets out that if you whistleblow against environmental crimes you will get nothing out of it for your sacrafice and your financial future as well as your families financial future will be ruined.
Its an evil practice going on in our oceans and an even whose evil being practiced against the few honorable men who have the courage not to be part of the corruption which is killing our world and our people.