BP to pay $4.5 billion to U.S. for Gulf spill

Posted: November 15, 2012 at 7:56 a.m.
Updated: November 15, 2012 at 10:46 a.m.

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon in this April 21, 2010, file image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard,

— Oil giant BP has agreed to pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history, totaling $4.5 billion, for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP also said Thursday that it has agreed to plead guilty to 11 felony counts related to workers' deaths.

The payments will be made in installments to the U.S. Department of Justice over a period five years, the London-based company said in a statement. BP will also pay to $525 million to settle charges with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The London-based company pleaded to a total of 14 charges including 11 felony counts of misconduct or neglect of ships officers and one count of obstruction of congress.

The Deepwater Horizon rig, 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, sank after the April 20, 2010, explosion. The well on the sea floor spewed an estimated 206 million gallons of crude oil, soiling sensitive tidal estuaries and beaches, killing wildlife and shutting vast areas of the Gulf to commercial fishing.

BP to pay U.S. billions for Gulf spill

Oil giant BP has agreed to pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history, totaling billions of dollars, for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a source said Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.
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Information for this article was contributed by Bloomberg News and The Associated Press.

BP pays nothing as the costs are shifted to us, the consumers, reflecting in higher costs for the products.

Posted by: Oldearkie

November 15, 2012 at 12:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Maybe we can put hat $4.5 billion toward the deficit...

Posted by: superdave10

November 15, 2012 at 12:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Oil is a commodity Oldearkie. The market will set the price, not BP.

Posted by: cdawg

November 16, 2012 at 12:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Here is a breakdown of how some of the settlement will be applied:


Posted by: cdawg

November 16, 2012 at 5:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Oldearkie if right, it will be passed on in the form of lower wages for employees, lower quality of fuel, more government subsidies, less margin for francise holders, easing of safety requirements, less margin for stockholders, but certainly no cut in salary for CEO and board of directors.

Posted by: JailBird

November 16, 2012 at 6:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )