BP agrees to record criminal penalties for US oil spill
The company has sold $35 billion worth of assets to fund the costs of the spill. Matching that, it has paid $23 billion already in clean-up costs and claims, and has a further $12 billion earmarked for payment in its spill trust fund.
The oil company said it has not been advised of any government authority that intends to debar BP from federal contracting activities as a result of the deal.
The lawyers for Bob Kaluza, the BP well manager aboard the rig who faces manslaughter charges, condemned the case against the four-decade oilfield veteran.
Bob was not an executive or high-level BP official. He was a dedicated rig worker who mourns his fallen co-workers every day, Shaun Clarke and David Gerger said in a statement.
Kaluza faces two kinds of charges related to the workers' deaths: Involuntary manslaughter, a broad statute covering individuals whose reckless disregard leads directly to loss of life; and seaman's manslaughter, reserved for those employed on ships whose misconduct results in death.
No one should take any satisfaction in this indictment of an innocent man. This is not justice, Kaluza's lawyers said.
As for BP, its settlement does not resolve civil litigation brought by the U.S. government and U.S. Gulf Coast states, which could be considered when the case convenes in February 2013.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, who represents other
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