BP and partners face $45 million in fines over Gulf oil spill


Notices served against BP, Transocean and Halliburton by US government over Deepwater Horizon disaster

BP and its partners on the doomed Deepwater Horizon oil rig face fines of up to $45m after receiving formal notice of a series of safety violations leading up to the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

In a first step of a long legal battle, the interior department said BP, rig operator Transocean and contractor Halliburton between them broke 15 rules governing offshore drilling ahead of the 20 April 2010 explosion.

Eleven workers were killed and 4.9 million barrels of oil were pumped into the Gulf of Mexico before the well was capped.


Photo: Work boats at the site of the Gulf oil spill. BP and its partners face fines of up to $45m over the disaster. (Dave Martin/AP)