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Oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill acted as a catalyst for plankton and other surface materials to clump together and fall to the sea floor in a massive sedimentation event that researchers are calling a “dirty blizzard.” This phenomenon may explain what happened to some portion of the more than 200 million gallons of spilled oil.
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The US government and Gulf Coast states are reportedly considering offering BP Plc a deal under which the company will pay $16bn to settle civil suits stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
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The U.S. Justice Department and the five Gulf coast states affected by a massive oil spill nearly three years ago have indicated they would like to settle their environmental and economic claims with BP PLC ahead of a trial scheduled to start next week.
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Now that a $4 billion plea deal has resolved BP’s criminal liability for the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill nearly three years ago, the company will turn its focus to a trial that could potentially cost it billions of dollars more in civil penalties.
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BP PLC closed the book on the Justice Department’s criminal probe of its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster and Gulf oil spill Tuesday, when a federal judge agreed to let the London-based oil giant plead guilty to manslaughter charges for the deaths of 11 rig workers and pay a record $4 billion in penalties.
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One-third of missing oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill may be mixed with sea-floor sediments.
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A federal judge has given final approval to BP PLC’s settlement with businesses and individuals who lost money because of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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As the Deepwater Horizon incident unfolded, in an effort to prevent the oil from coming to the surface and reaching coastal and marsh ecosystems, chemical dispersants were injected at the wellhead. A new study is the first to examine the effects of the use of unprecedented quantities of dispersants, over such a prolonged period of time in the deep ocean.
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A special collection of articles about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill provides a first comprehensive analysis and synthesis of the science used in the unprecedented response effort by the government, academia, and industry.
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