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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 'strongly disagrees' with Gulf of Mexico ruling

BP says it plans to appeal a US court's ruling that it was grossly negligent in the lead up to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The law is clear that proving gross negligence is a very high bar that was not met in this case. BP believes that an impartial view of the record does not support the erroneous conclusion reached by the District Court.

– BP

The Court is yet to rule on the number of barrels spilled, which will be key in determining the fine it orders BP to pay.

BP will also seek to show that its conduct merits a penalty below the maximum applicable, the company said in its statement.

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