BP workers indicted for Macondo blowout, spill; civil claims pending against firm

11/26/2012
BP PLC and the US Department of Justice reached a settlement regarding some criminal aspects of the Macondo deepwater well blowout but US prosecutors continue to pursue civil claims that BP committed "gross negligence" when nearly 5 million bbl of oil escaped from the well during 2010. A civil trial is scheduled before a federal judge in New Orleans in February 2013. US Atty. Gen. Eric Holder said Nov. 15 that negotiations continue with BP on the civil claims and potential fines. BP said settlement of the criminal case is consistent with its stance that it is not grossly negligent. The company also has said it is prepared to defend itself against such claims in civil proceedings...
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