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BP submits to record $20 billion spill fine

6 October 2015 11:35


BP has accepted a record $20 billion fine over the worst environmental disaster in US history from the company’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

The US government says its final settlement with the oil giant resolves all civil claims from the massive pollution and the deaths of 11 workers after an explosion on the company’s deep-water drill in Louisiana.

The settlement caps five years of legal fighting to force BP to account for at least 134 million gallons of oil which leaked into the sea and took 87 days to stop.

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A pelican drenched in oil after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in 2010

The spill affected 1,300 miles of shoreline in the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, crippling the ecosystems and local economies.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said, “BP is receiving the punishment it deserves, while also providing critical compensation for the injuries that it caused to the environment and the economy of the Gulf region.”

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said that as part of the settlement, the US government will lift its suspension on doing business with BP.

“Justice is not about dumping a pile of money and walking away,’’ she said.

BP spokesman Geoff Morrell stressed that the announcement doesn’t mean new obligations for the company.

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