This is such a stupid statement especially coming from a VP of Due Diligence and Compliance in a Wall Street firm! Do you even understand what you talking about?
Apart from a gross violation of the contract with Guyana which Guyana can sue and win even in a US court. There are major violations of internal management controls at multiple levels and across borders. Then there is US laws, FCPA, Money Laundering, Taxes, SEC reporting and disclosure, etc. Then there are OECD guidelines and rules under which much of this will be governed. Then you involve all other partners in the fraud.
All this for what, a few measly early days revenues?
Some times it's better to "halt-the-clapper" than expose the void between your ears!