BP to pay high millions for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Three years after the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010, BP had a lot of angry fingers pointing at them. According to Gov. Bobby Jindal, they agreed to finance $340 million to help restore the Gulf of Mexico.

The BP oil spill in 2010 spread 11,300 miles from the original spill. Photo from www.thedailygreen.com.

The BP oil spill in 2010 spread 11,300 miles from the original spill. Photo from http://www.thedailygreen.com.

Most of the money BP will pay, including the $340 million, will go restoring three barrier islands and establishing fish hatcheries and research centers.

On April 20, the state of Florida filed a lawsuit against BP. Florida will be the “fourth state to seek damages for 2010 disaster,” which also includes Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, according to the New York Times. The lawsuit focuses on how BP workers did not change the batteries on the rig’s blowout preventer. It also faults Halliburton, a cement contractor, for installing cement barriers that were faulty.

Rick Fahr, a writer for TheCabinNet.com, said people might be able to look at the BP spill in a positive light. He discussed in his article the possibility that this incident may have been a sign to move away from fossil fuels and towards “21st century energy sources.”

BP later said in a news release that these projects had been agreed to and accepted months ago, but “federal and state trustees held off the notice.”

The New York Times created an infographic showing how far and fast the oil spread.

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