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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (2010)

More oil was spilled in Gulf of Mexico than BP estimated, judge rules

More oil was spilled in Gulf of Mexico than BP estimated, judge rules

A federal judge determined Thursday that more oil than BP estimated spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after a rig explosion in 2010, a decision that could potentially cost the London-based oil giant more than $13 billion. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled that 3.19 million barrels - just less than 134 million gallons - were discharged into the gulf after a rig explosion at BP's Macondo well. The number is more than the 2.4 million barrel figure BP had argued for and less than the government's estimate of about 4.2 million, a figure that could have meant $18 billion in maximum penalties under the Clean Water Act. Those penalties are to be determined in a trial set to open...

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