After a lengthy trial after a federal judge ruled in 2010 after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling equipment, oil giant BP’s total to 319 million barrels of oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico. This figure is lower than the US government prosecutors estimated 420 million barrels, but higher than the previous estimate of 245 million barrels of BP.
The ruling means that breach “Clean Water Act”, BP company faces a maximum fine of $ 13.7 billion the amount of. But if the judge believes the company has taken action to reduce the harm resulting oil spill, fines will be reduced. In 2012 Congress passed the “Recovery Act” frame, 80% of the fines will be allocated to the most severely affected by the oil spill in the Gulf Coast five states for the rehabilitation, reconstruction and research work. And, at least 5% of the funds will be used for scientific research in the Gulf.
“There is no way to know precisely how much oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico.” Lower Court judge in New Orleans, Louisiana area Carl Barbier in up to 44 views recently released, “wrote the experts use a variety of methods to estimate leakage quantity of oil, but not have a very accurate. “