US pipelines face increased criminal threat from heightened environmental scrutiny

12/22/2003
The US Department of Justice has made it clear that the pipeline industry is the focus of increased attention from environmental enforcement authorities. The department's statements follow on the heels of new laws providing powerful new prosecution tools.In this climate, pipeline owners and operators must understand the government's criminal enforcement program in order to minimize the chances that any company or its employees will face criminal investigation or prosecution. The investigatorsFour key federal agencies are involved in investigating environmental crimes:1. The US Environmental Protection Agency's criminal investigation division.2. The Federal Bureau of Investigat...
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