Calif. AG Says BP Treated State As Golden Goose

By Kat Greene (January 9, 2015, 6:59 PM EST) -- A BP PLC unit systematically overcharged California taxpayers by as much as $300 million for natural gas in violation of contractual caps and joked about "squeezing gold from that goose," according to a complaint filed by state Attorney General Kamala Harris in a whistleblower's suit.

BP has, over the years it served as the exclusive supplier of natural gas to the California Department of General Services, charged at least 10 cents more per unit than it was contractually allowed to, Harris wrote in the complaint filed Wednesday. The state intervened in former BP employee Christopher J. Schroen's False Claims Act suit...

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