It’s not really surprising that BP’s competitors decided to throw the company off the troika as the wolves pursued. (“Throwing someone or something under the bus” is sooooo 2009.) It wasn’t an “act of God”: it was the act of an unusually negligent well operator. Glad that’s clear now.
It was a little bit more surprising that they ‘fessed up to the obvious: the virtually-identical plans they submitted about how they were going to stop a spill if one happened weren’t worth the paper they were printed on, even ignoring little details like listing as a resource a biologist who’s been dead for five years.
They submitted those plans in order to get permits. Making a false statement to a federal official in connection with an official action is a felony. Just sayin’.