Victims, environmental groups unimpressed by BP oil spill fine
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) - The record fine imposed on BP over the 2010 rig explosion and oil spill is a small price to pay for the worst ecological disaster in US history, victims and environmental groups say.
BP agreed on Thursday to pay US$4.5 billion (S$5.5 billion) in fines for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and pleaded guilty to 14 counts, including felony manslaughter, in the deaths of 11 workers in the offshore rig blast that caused the disaster.
Mr Stephen Stone, who was working aboard the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon when the explosion tore through the rig on Apr 20, 2010, welcomed the settlement but said the blame extends to Transocean, which was operating the rig for BP.
"We have yet to see any serious effort on BP or Transocean's part to come to any resolution," Mr Stone said.