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BP to settle with US for billions in Gulf oil spill; 2 face charges

Employees face manslaughter charges over death of 11 people in explosion of Deepwater Horizon oil rig

November 15, 2012  by Michael Kunzelman, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW ORLEANS—Oil giant BP has agreed to pay a criminal penalty worth billions of dollars for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a person familiar with the deal says.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the deal.

The person also said two BP employees face manslaughter charges over the death of 11 people in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that triggered the massive spill.

The person said BP will plead guilty to obstruction for lying to Congress about how much oil was pouring out of the ruptured well.