Acting Associate Attorney General West speaks at a news conference to announce new criminal charges and a settlement in case against British oil company BP Plc, in New Orleans

 
Acting Associate Attorney General West speaks at a news conference to announce new criminal charges and a settlement in case against British oil company BP Plc, in New Orleans
Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West speaks at a news conference to announce new criminal charges and a settlement in the case against British oil company BP Plc for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in New Orleans November 15, 2012. BP Plc will pay $4.5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to felony misconduct in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which caused the worst U.S. offshore oil spill ever. The settlement includes a $1.256 billion criminal fine, the largest such levy in U.S. history, the oil company said on Thursday. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called the deal a "critical step forward" but was adamant that it did not end the government's criminal investigation of the spill. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman