BP Will Pay $4.5B Settlement; 3 Employees Charged

British oil and gas giant BP will plead guilty to a heap of charges and pay the U.S. government a record $4.5 billion for its ties to the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010 that claimed the lives of 11 people and injured 16 others.

The company and three of its employees were indicted on Thursday by a federal grand jury. Well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine were charged with manslaughter for disregarding clues that could have prevented the disaster. The third man, David Rainey, was BP’s vice president of exploration for the Gulf of Mexico. He was accused of hindering a congressional investigation and lying to authorities.

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