BREAKING: US Justice Department Launches Criminal Investigation of BP Oil Spill

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I can here the collective cry of 'Right on!' and 'About effing time!' rising up from the TreeHugger readership... CNN is reporting that US Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into the Gulf Gusher. We'll have more as it emerges, but this is what we know so far:

Holder said the investigation would be comprehensive and aggressive. He promised that the federal officials will prosecute anyone who broke the law.

Holder, who made the announcement during a visit to the Gulf, called early signs of the spill heartbreaking and tragic. The attorney general was in the Gulf to survey the BP oil spill and meet with state attorneys general and federal prosecutors from Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, according to the Justice Department.

This all comes after a group of Senators sent Holder a letter last week urging an investigation of potential criminal and/or civil wrongdoing by BP; and statements by Holder last month that the Justice Department would "ensure that BP is held liable."

Again, more as it emerges. It's likely to take some time. Though hopefully not as long as it's taking BP to stop this madness...

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