A federal judge has accepted a plea deal from BP for the April 2010 rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico and the oil spill that followed. BP will pay a record 4 billion dollars in criminal penalties for fire and explosion that killed 11 men on the rig and released millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.The settlement ends the criminal case but not address the civil ones. Brent coon represents clients in the shrimping industry, restaurants and other businesses.Coon says the oil spill shut them down and had a devastating effect on families, foreclosing homes and affecting tourism."one out of four of the businesses was actually closed as a result of the spill, that's the enormity of this we're looking at 25 percent business closure, people that had to file bankruptcy because the amount of their loses were not enough that their own savings and capital could support them through the year or two that it took to get back on their feet."
Attorney reacts to BP settlement in criminal case
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