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Bert Ducote shows the place where he had a boil lanced and another boil underneath his belly button that he claims are the result of being in direct contact with crude oil while performing cleanup work during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Photo taken at the Lake Catherine Marina in New Orleans, Friday, March 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrea Mabry)

BP oil spill

The Justice Department and five states on Oct. 5, 2015, announced a $20 billion final settlement of claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The deal, once approved by a judge, would resolve all civil claims against BP and end five years of legal fighting over the 134 million-gallon spill.

It also would bind the company to a massive cleanup project in the Gulf Coast area aimed at restoring wildlife, habitat and water quality.

"BP is receiving the punishment it deserves, while also providing critical compensation for the injuries that it caused to the environment and the economy of the Gulf region," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at a Justice Department news conference. (AP)


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