Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has released a statement regarding today's developements in the BP Deepwater Horizon criminal case.
that BP has agreed to plead guilty to 14 criminal charges under Federal law
moves us one step closer to getting justice for the citizens of Alabama and the
entire Gulf Coast. BP's criminal acts levied economic and environmental damages
of historic proportions upon Alabama, and these damages are not covered under
today's agreement. Accordingly, in my role as the States' Coordinating Counsel,
I will continue devoting my time to holding BP and the other responsible
parties accountable for their acts, and I look forward to presenting Alabama's
case that BP was grossly negligent when we have our day in court."
As of early Thursday afternoon, BP has agreed to pay $4.5 billion in a settlement with the U.S. government to plead guilty to felony counts related to the deaths of 11 workers and lying to Congress.
Two BP employees have also been indicted for manslaughter in the incident.
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