2010 Ig Nobel Chemistry Prize winner found guilty in court case

British Petroleum, an Ig Nobel Prize winner, was found guilty in a court trial. Bloomberg News reports:

BP Found Grossly Negligent in 2010 Spill; Fines May Rise

BP Plc acted with gross negligence in setting off the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, a federal judge ruled, handing down a long-awaited decision that may force the energy company to pay billions of dollars more for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier held a trial without a jury over who was at fault for the environmental catastrophe, which killed 11 people and spewed oil for almost three months into waters that touch the shores of five states…. “BP’s conduct was reckless,” Barbier wrote in a decision today in New Orleans federal court….

The 2010 Ig Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Eric Adams of MIT, Scott Socolofsky of Texas A&M University, Stephen Masutani of the University of Hawaii, and BP [British Petroleum], for disproving the old belief that oil and water don’t mix. [REFERENCE: “Review of Deep Oil Spill Modeling Activity Supported by the Deep Spill JIP and Offshore Operator’s Committee. Final Report,” Eric Adams and Scott Socolofsky, 2005. NOTE: Copies of this report appear to have been removed to places that are difficult for most people to access.]

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