BP has issued a statement after it reached an agreement with US authorities over claims relating to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and agreed to pay a $4.5bn (£2.8 billion) fine.
It includes a record $1.26bn criminal fine.
All of us at BP deeply regret the tragic loss of life caused by the Deepwater Horizon accident as well as the impact of the spill on the Gulf coast region.
From the outset, we stepped up by responding to the spill, paying legitimate claims and funding restoration efforts in the Gulf.
We apologise for our role in the accident, and as today's resolution with the US government further reflects, we have accepted responsibility for our actions.
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