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BP Agrees to Plead Guilty to Crimes in Gulf Oil Spill


BP agreed to plead guilty today to charges of manslaughter, environmental crimes, and lying to Congress in connection with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion, which killed 11 workers and sent as much as 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

As part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, the company will pay $4.5 billion in what is the largest fine ever levied on a corporation in the United States.

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Gulf Spill Paymaster Says He Has Eliminated Claims Backlog – While Claimants Disagree

Gulf spill claims czar Kenneth Feinberg says his operation has eliminated backlog of older claims, but claimants still report problems.

Obama Administration Criticizes Slow Payments by Gulf Spill Claims Czar

The pace of BP claims payments is called unacceptably slow, and the official in charge promises new procedures to speed up the program.

More Questions About BP’s Limited Investigation Into Gulf Disaster

A panel, at the request of the Interior Department, questioned BP about missing information and alternative causes for the Gulf disaster that were left unaddressed by its recent report.

Frustrated Oil Spill Claimants Consider Alternative Compensation Fund

As claimants in the Gulf Coast spill await responses to their applications, some are turning to a little-known alternative fund administered by the Coast Guard.

BP Says Well Is Sealed, but Oily Gulf and Accountability Questions Remain

BP's ruptured well has been plugged, but the oil’s still out there, and BP is still in the hot seat.

Gulf Spill Paymaster Defends Progress While Weighing Changes

The paymaster managing the claims in the Gulf oil disaster agrees that things aren't working as well as he hoped, but says he's working on changes.

Report: Federal Disaster Response Plans Shortchange Worker Safety

A new report contends that federal disaster response plans fail to ensure cleanup workers’ safety.

Scientists Discover Thick Layer of Oil Stretching for Miles on Gulf Sea Floor

New research suggests the amount of oil on the sea floor is far more extensive than previously known or reported.

Gulf Compensation Chief Retreats From Promises to Speed Claims Process

Just two weeks into the Gulf oil spill claims process, Ken Feinberg admits it's going to take longer than he promised.

Have You Worked Processing Gulf Spill Damage Claims?

If you are working for BP or any of other subcontractors or temp agencies that have helped with the claims process, we want to hear about your experience.

Gulf Compensation Czar Apologizes for Falling Short of Goals

Gulf spill paymaster Ken Feinberg apologizes for the kinks in the claims process.

BP’s Internal Investigation vs. What We Already Know

BP's long-awaited internal report is out, and it shares the blame with contractors Halliburton and Transocean.

New Gulf Compensation Chief Lags in Processing Claims

Kenneth Feinberg’s new system for handling claims from the Gulf oil spill is already running into delays.

Take It With a Grain of (Sea) Salt: Gulf Microbe Study Was Funded by BP

Scientists at Berkeley this week announced that microbes had eaten oil so quickly the Gulf's oil plumes are now undetectable. They disclosed that BP funded their research. The media didn't.

Local Officials: Lack of Oxygen Likely Killing Thousands of Fish in the Gulf

A fish kill at the mouth of the Mississippi River raises questions about whether oil played a role.

As Gulf Spill Claims Czar Takes Over, a Checklist of Promised Changes

Kenneth Feinberg takes over as the paymaster for the Gulf oil spill, and has promised new rules to speed the process.

Introducing Our BP Claims Tracker—You Can Have It, Too

Our emebeddable BP claims tracker charts how much money BP has spent reimbursing claimants for Gulf Spill damages.

Federal Agency, Under Questioning, Clarifies Its Rosy Gulf Report

Just how much of the oil spilled in the Gulf is still there? Depends on what the meaning of "is" is.

Paths to Final Fix for BP Well Are Still Under Debate

As part of the permanent Deepwater Horizon fix, a new blowout preventer will be installed. But the new equipment has had problems in the past, too

Scientists Dispute Government Stance on the Lingering Effects of Gulf Oil

The government says Gulf seafood is safe and most of the spilled oil is gone, but a triple-whammy of reports raises doubts.

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