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US Justice Department seeks $11 billion fine for BP over Gulf of Mexico oil spill

"DOJ Asks Judge to Put BP Fine at $11 Billion", 21 Jan 2015

...The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal judge on Tuesday to impose a fine of no less than $11 billion on BP for its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster...Steve O'Rourke, on behalf of the United States, said BP should face a steep fine because of the "severity" of BP's violations that led to the 2010 oil spill...Although BP's response effort to the spill was the biggest in history, O'Rourke said it wasn't necessarily the best. He said BP was required by law...to clean up the mess it made, and that the company is now trying to take credit for not just the work and resources it expended but also for those put forth by the U.S. and five Gulf States affected - Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida... At the end of his opening statements, O'Rourke listed quickly prior environmental catastrophes caused by BP...There was "no change in behavior for this company after the four prior plea agreements," O'Rourke said...Mike Brock, on behalf of BP, said "BP was proactive and placed no limit on response,"....[Also refers to Anadarko]

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