BP appealed a federal judge’s finding of the size of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which leaves the company potentially liable to pay $13.7 billion in fines. In January, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans ruled that 3.19 million barrels of oil had spilled into the Gulf as a result of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. According to Reuters, “A determination that less oil was spilled would likely translate into a lower fine for the company. The appeal comes days after Barbier rejected the company’s attempt to reduce the maximum civil fine it could face for its role in the disaster. That decision could result in a $13.7 billion fine for the company under the federal Clean Water Act. BP had argued for a maximum fine of $3,000 per barrel, while Barbier agreed with the federal government in setting the figure at $4,300 per barrel.”
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