NEW ORLEANS – Oil giant BP has entered into an amicable settlement with more than 100,000 fishermen who lost their jobs, cleaning workers fell ill and other private victims of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst that have known the United States.
Friday night found this arrangement does not provide a ceiling for compensation for victims, but the firm BP has estimated it would owe about $ 7.8 billion (5.9 billion euros) to the plaintiffs. This would make it one of the largest settlement agreements ever found to resolve a class-action, a collective complaint.
BP still faces complaints from the U.S. government, the Gulf states of Mexico and its partners in the project Deepwater Horizon.
On the night of April 20, 2010, the platform ocean-owned by Transocean Deepwater Horizon and off the coast of Louisiana was hit by an explosion and fire during a drill on behalf of the British group BP. Eleven workers were killed. The installation ended up falling into the sea two days later, damaging the wells located at 1,500 m depth. In 85 days, nearly 780 million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, which is 19 times more than in the sinking of the tanker “Exxon Valdez” off Alaska in 1989