The federal government owns massive areas of land and water rights. Much of this territory contains oil and gas, which the government sells the rights to. However, some oil and gas companies have cheated taxpayers out of government royalties for decades by:

  • Concealing the actual volume of oil extracted
  • Falsifying the selling price of the extracted oil
  • Creating shell companies to buy the oil at below market price

Example

Sometimes this deceit can have severe consequences for years to come as the BP Gulf oil well explosion illustrates. In 2016, the government alleged that BP Exploration and Production (BP) provided false reports about its "safe drilling margin" that concealed the company's improper drilling practices in the Gulf of Mexico. This left the oil well in that area in a fragile state and resulted in the catastrophic 2010 Gulf oil well explosion. That explosion impacted natural and economic environments for many years. For their "misconduct," BP was required to pay $82.6 million.

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The profit-driven oil and gas industry costs taxpayers tens of millions in fraud every year. While it is the whistleblower who initiates 80% of fraud against the government that is exposed, the vast majority of it goes undetected.

If you suspect fraud against the federal or state government, let's talk. We are here to help put you at ease as we try to help you determine — confidentially and discretely — if you should move forward with a whistleblower/qui tam claim. We appreciate the struggle you may be facing. That is why we have a You-First policy in place. We will try to help protect you regardless of your involvement.

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