BP's $4 billion settlement of criminal penalties stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is just the first step in holding the company legally accountable for the horrific damage it did to the Gulf Coast and for the deaths of 11 men on the rig. The question of civil penalties for environmental damage, which are expected to be far larger, has yet to be settled. Still, this is a significant moment.
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