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Restoring the Gulf

2013-03-01, Department, by Maureen Hannan

On April 20, 2010, BP well site leaders instructed the crew of the leased Deepwater Horizon oil rig to ignore warning signs that the Macondo oil well was not secure. The resulting uncontrolled blowout, explosions, and fire led to the deaths of 11 crew members and the largest oil spill in U.S. history. On January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reached a settlement with Transocean Deepwater Inc., the owner of the rig. Transocean, under the terms of its guilty plea agreement, will pay $1.4 billion in civil and criminal penalties. That sum includes a record $1 billion in civil pe....

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