The first indictment in connection with BP's Deepwater Horizon spill sets the stage for a fight...

|About: BP p.l.c. (BP)|By:, SA News Editor

The first indictment in connection with BP's Deepwater Horizon spill sets the stage for a fight over just how much oil was spilled. For every barrel BP spilled, a court can levy fines up to $1,100/barrel if the spill was accidental, or up to $4,300 if gross negligence. If the government can prove BP was hiding flow rates, it may sway the court to settle on a higher number for the volume of oil spilled.