State says ConocoPhillips 'double-dipped' $25M from state cleanup fund

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  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    July 12, 2012 12:16 p.m.

    Seems to my like there should be criminal liability. It's basically white collar crime.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    July 12, 2012 12:16 p.m.

    The practice has been going on since 1995? Why did it take the State of Utah 17 years to find that 10% of the clean-up associated with that gas company had been "double-dipped".

    What is the statute of limitations for insurance fraud? Seven years?

    The first thing that I would do is to fire those in the State that did not do due diligence. We're paying them to check things out. What were they doing, playing cards in the back room? Then, and only then, would I prosecute ConocoPhillips to the full extent of the law.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    July 12, 2012 8:43 a.m.

    This is just another case of government bureaucrats enforcing some of those awful environmental regulations that strangle corporate profitability and kill jobs.

    Those awful regulations and overpaid bureaucrats simply have to go!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    July 12, 2012 8:24 a.m.

    If Conoco and Phillips has been doing this since 1995, it is bad business practice, lack of integrity and hoping that states such as Utah don't have a check on these types of requests for handouts. Companies, Corporations, and individuals running those companies and their fiduciary obligations require these people and processes be honest and truthful. If they have 100s or 1000s of these applications for funds, their process is broken from the top down. They charged normal prices for gas during that time and didn't subtract out our costs and then wanted us to pay for their problems without using their insurance to keep those costs down. Leaks happen but if they are doing this in 50 other states and internationally, there ought to be some liability for these actions. It is good the State of Utah is pursuing this and trying to keep owners and stockholders honest and not just bottom line oriented. 99 percent of owners are good people and many are small-business owners and can make mistakes. However, Corporations have attorneys and their own accountants and CFOs, etc. and know what they are doing and set a bad example. Banks/auto companies too

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    July 12, 2012 8:04 a.m.

    The solution ought to be reduceed gas prices (reducing it about a buck a gallon) until the entire amount is paid back to consumers in both states. Then we'd talk about punitive damages to deter such action in the future. Why do we put up with such things?

  • Springvillepoet Springville, UT
    July 12, 2012 7:13 a.m.

    It's those Labor unions with their collective bargaining and ObamaCare which is driving good, honest corporations to do things they normally wouldn't. When will people realize when good corporations , er, um . . . 'people' are saddled with liberal ideas, they will be drawn to doing terrible things. I hope this teaches Obama something about his miserable failing socialist agenda!

  • chaliceman Salt Lake City, UT
    July 12, 2012 6:53 a.m.

    So, on top of adding CO2 to our atmosphere from refining and processing fossil fuels, when they spill or leak oil the citizens are asked to pick up the tab through a levy on gas sold at the pump? I think this fund should be funded as a fee for doing business in the state of Utah so that the oil company would pay for it instead of a levy on gas at the pump where we pay for it or the state should require proof of insurance coverage or their license to do business in Utah would be revoked.
    $25,000,000.00??? I beat it is much more. Greed and corruption by companies that are extremely profitable shows how out of control they are and how little they can be trusted. And how about putting people in positions of control and power that have as their primary personality traits fairness, honesty, integrity, family, healthy people, healthy planet and job security for all instead of personal accumulation of wealth and power.
    Renewable energy anybody?