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WASHINGTON - Transocean Ltd has agreed to pay $1.4 billion to settle U.S. government charges arising from BP Plc’s massive 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Two workers were missing and 11 were airlifted to hospitals Friday after an oil rig caught fire and exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Earlier reports from local officials said two workers had died, but the U.S. Coast Guard could not confirm that.
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BP will pay approximately $4.5 billion and plead guilty to criminal charges as part of a settlement with the U.S. government over the deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the London-based oil giant said Thursday.
More offshore oil workers in the Gulf of Mexico were being evacuated Saturday after a weather system was given a 90 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm this weekend.
“A tropical storm may be forming,” the National Hurricane Center said in its afternoon advisory, adding that “tropical-storm force winds are already occurring in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.”