Restoring the Gulf
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 penalties that will go directly into a fund to be used for Gulf Coast restoration and recovery.
Because of recent federal legislation establishing a special distribution process under the Clean Water Act, the five Gulf states impacted by the 2010 disaster, as well as individual affected cou....
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