BP faces billions more in penalties over spill

Oil firm grossly negligent, judge rules

Posted: September 5, 2014 at 3:10 a.m.

Oil oozes around the burning BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig on April 21, 2010. A judge found Thursday that the oil company acted with gross negligence in the rig explosion and oil spill.

Oil company BP PLC faces billions of dollars more in potential penalties after a judge found it acted with gross negligence in the 2010 explosion on a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico and the resulting oil spill, the largest offshore spill in U.S. history.

A worker picks up blobs of oil from the BP spill on June 4, 2010, on Queen Bess Island at the mouth of Louisiana’s Barataria Bay.

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