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  •  - 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

    Posted: 11/16/2012 4:09:04 AM EST
    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
  •  - 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

    Posted: 11/16/2012 4:09:04 AM EST
    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
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              FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 file picture, BP PLC's CEO Bob Dudley pauses during a results media conference at their headquarters in London. BP is not fully past the Deepwater H

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 file picture, BP PLC's CEO Bob Dudley pauses during a results media conference at their headquarters in London. BP is not fully past the Deepwater H

    Posted: 11/15/2012 5:48:20 PM EST
    FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 file picture, BP PLC's CEO Bob Dudley pauses during a results media conference at their headquarters in London. BP is not fully past the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the 2010 explosion that killed 11 workers and led to the largest oil spill in U.S. history. The company has so far set aside $42 billion to pay fines and damages resulting from the spill, and that amount may yet grow. Paying for the spill has forced BP to change. Under Bob Dudley, who became CEO in October 2010, BP has been selling smaller assets while holding onto promising large resources that it hopes to exploit with its expertise in developing large projects. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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              U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, center, arrives at a press conference followed by Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West, far left, and lead by Assistant Attorney General for th

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, center, arrives at a press conference followed by Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West, far left, and lead by Assistant Attorney General for th

    Posted: 11/15/2012 5:08:35 PM EST
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, center, arrives at a press conference followed by Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West, far left, and lead by Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer, top right, to speak about the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill settlement and criminal penalties in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Holder said the settlement and indictments aren't the end of federal authorities' efforts and that the criminal investigation is continuing. Holder says much of the money BP has agreed to pay will be used to restore the environment in the Gulf. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
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              FILE-In this Tuesday, July 27, 2010, file photo, a Greenpeace activist puts up a banner as they block off a British Petroleum fuel station in protest as the BP board announce their annu

    FILE-In this Tuesday, July 27, 2010, file photo, a Greenpeace activist puts up a banner as they block off a British Petroleum fuel station in protest as the BP board announce their annu

    Posted: 11/15/2012 5:08:32 PM EST
    FILE-In this Tuesday, July 27, 2010, file photo, a Greenpeace activist puts up a banner as they block off a British Petroleum fuel station in protest as the BP board announce their annual results, in London. A BP executive has been indicted on charges that he lied to authorities about his work estimating the rate oil was flowing during the 2010 Gulf oil spill disaster. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, FIle)
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              U.S. Attorney General speaks about the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill settlement and criminal penalties at 400 Poydras Tower in the Central Business District of in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Nov.

    U.S. Attorney General speaks about the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill settlement and criminal penalties at 400 Poydras Tower in the Central Business District of in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Nov.

    Posted: 11/15/2012 5:08:30 PM EST
    U.S. Attorney General speaks about the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill settlement and criminal penalties at 400 Poydras Tower in the Central Business District of in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Holder said the settlement and indictments aren't the end of federal authorities' efforts and that the criminal investigation is continuing. Holder says much of the money BP has agreed to pay will be used to restore the environment in the Gulf. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
  •  - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at a news conference in New Orleans

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at a news conference in New Orleans

    Posted: 11/15/2012 4:59:06 PM EST
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at a news conference in New Orleans November 15, 2012. The U.S. government negotiated with BP Plc to resolve civil claims against the company related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 but did not reach any agreement, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday. Holder, at a press conference on BP's criminal settlement, said it was possible the civil claims could still be resolved out of court but said the government was preparing for trial next year. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
  •  - 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

    Posted: 11/15/2012 4:59:06 PM EST
    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
  •  - Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer speaks at a news conference in New Orleans

    Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer speaks at a news conference in New Orleans

    Posted: 11/15/2012 4:59:06 PM EST
    Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer speaks at a news conference in New Orleans November 15, 2012. The U.S. government negotiated with BP Plc to resolve civil claims against the company related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 but did not reach any agreement, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday. Holder, at a press conference on BP's criminal settlement, said it was possible the civil claims could still be resolved out of court but said the government was preparing for trial next year. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
  •  - 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

    Posted: 11/15/2012 4:59:06 PM EST
    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
  •  - 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

    Posted: 11/15/2012 4:59:06 PM EST
    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
  •  - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at a news conference in New Orleans

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at a news conference in New Orleans

    Posted: 11/15/2012 4:59:06 PM EST
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at a news conference in New Orleans November 15, 2012. The U.S. government negotiated with BP Plc to resolve civil claims against the company related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 but did not reach any agreement, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday. Holder, at a press conference on BP's criminal settlement, said it was possible the civil claims could still be resolved out of court but said the government was preparing for trial next year. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
  •  - 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

    Posted: 11/15/2012 4:59:06 PM EST
    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
  •  - Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer speaks at a news conference in New Orleans

    Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer speaks at a news conference in New Orleans

    Posted: 11/15/2012 4:59:06 PM EST
    Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer speaks at a news conference in New Orleans November 15, 2012. The U.S. government negotiated with BP Plc to resolve civil claims against the company related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 but did not reach any agreement, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday. Holder, at a press conference on BP's criminal settlement, said it was possible the civil claims could still be resolved out of court but said the government was preparing for trial next year. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
  •  - 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

    Posted: 11/15/2012 4:59:06 PM EST
    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
  •  - 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

    Posted: 11/15/2012 4:59:06 PM EST
    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
  •  - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at a news conference in New Orleans

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at a news conference in New Orleans

    Posted: 11/15/2012 4:59:06 PM EST
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at a news conference in New Orleans November 15, 2012. The U.S. government negotiated with BP Plc to resolve civil claims against the company related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 but did not reach any agreement, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday. Holder, at a press conference on BP's criminal settlement, said it was possible the civil claims could still be resolved out of court but said the government was preparing for trial next year. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
  •  - 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

    Posted: 11/15/2012 4:59:06 PM EST
    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
  •  - Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer speaks at a news conference in New Orleans

    Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer speaks at a news conference in New Orleans

    Posted: 11/15/2012 4:59:06 PM EST
    Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer speaks at a news conference in New Orleans November 15, 2012. The U.S. government negotiated with BP Plc to resolve civil claims against the company related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 but did not reach any agreement, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday. Holder, at a press conference on BP's criminal settlement, said it was possible the civil claims could still be resolved out of court but said the government was preparing for trial next year. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
  •  - 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

    Posted: 11/15/2012 4:59:06 PM EST
    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