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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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Greenpeace: Oil industry has shown it can't be trusted

A ruling of gross negligence against BP in relation to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is an "unambiguous warning" to the US government and the oil industry, Greenpeace says.

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon in April 2010. Credit: Reuters

Whether we’re talking about drilling in deep water or in extremely dangerous or challenging environments like the Arctic, this is yet more proof that that the risks of frontier drilling just aren’t worth it.

Yet again, the oil industry has shown it can’t be trusted and it can’t mitigate the high risks to the local environment, global climate and the economy from drilling in the margins.

– Charlie Kronick, Greenpeace senior Arctic campaigner

The campaign group added that if drilling in the temperate conditions of the Gulf of Mexico could not be done safely, plans submitted for approval by Shell to operate in the Alaskan Arctic "would be disastrous".

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