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Aug 11, 2010 4:07 PM by Melissa Canone

4.9 Million Barrels-Government's Latest Estimate on How Much Oil Spewed

A Massachusetts congressman is asking BP to accept the
government's latest estimate of how much oil spewed from the
company's blown-out Gulf well as a basis to determine how much it
may face in civil fines.
Rep. Ed Markey sent a letter Wednesday to the head of BP's U.S.
operations telling him that the oil giant should legally own up to
its obligations as one of the responsible parties for the spill.
Civil penalties can be levied under a variety of environmental
protection laws, including fines of up to $1,100 for each barrel of
oil spilled, more if BP is found to have committed gross negligence
or willful misconduct.
Based on the roughly 4.9 million barrels, or 206 million
gallons, of oil that government experts are now saying spilled from
the well, BP could face fines of up to $21 billion.

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