June 12 - June 18, 2016

A pipeline company was recently indicted on criminal charges for knowingly discharging a pollutant into state waters and wildlife charges; one employee faces up to three years in prison if convicted. Are criminal charges appropriate in such a case?

Answers Votes
Yes, companies and their staff need to know there are severe consequences for not taking adequate steps to protect the environment. 71%
Maybe; financial penalties would be appropriate but not jail time. 26%
No, there was no loss of human life. 3%

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