BP faces multi-billion dollar fine over Gulf of Mexico oil spill

BP is facing a multi-billion dollar fine after it was found to be "grossly negligent" over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

A US judge is yet to rule on how much the company will have to pay out. However, BP has said it would appeal the ruling.

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BP made 'profit-driven decisions' during drilling

A US judge has ruled BP made "profit-driven decisions" during the drilling of an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico that led to a deadly explosion.

BP pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges over the death of 11 rig workers.

Ruling that BP had acted recklessly in relation to the 2010 spill, District Judge Barbier said: "These instances of negligence, taken together, evince an extreme deviation from the standard of care and a conscious disregard of known risks."

The oil giant pleaded guilty in January 2013 to manslaughter charges for the deaths of 11 rig workers following the blast.

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