Gulf of Mexico

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BP's $18.7 billion Deepwater Horizon settlement provides relief, but perhaps not justice

Five years ago, the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster caused billions of dollars in economic and environmental damages to the Gulf region. Civil and criminal lawsuits have kept BP in court for years. Now an agreement might bring relief for those government agencies seeking fines and compensation. But is it enough?

The Ixtoc Precedent

Thirty-one years ago, the Ixtoc well in Mexico's Bay of Campeche blew out, gushing more than three million barrels of oil into the Gulf.