Today the federal government settled its case against oil company BP over the 2010 Gulf oil spill. United States Attorney General Eric Holder says it's the latest step in ongoing efforts to seek justice for the 11 workers killed and thousands more impacted by the spill.
Holder laid out the details at a news conference in New Orleans today. BP will pay the federal government 4.5 billion dollars. Holder says the majority will go toward restoring the gulf's environment. The deal also includes 14-criminal charges.
Two men who worked for BP during the gulf oil spill disaster have been charged with manslaughter and a third with lying to federal investigators. The seafood industry in Vermilion Parish was hit hard from the spill and today's announcement brings those affected some closure. According to Wendell Verret, Port Director at the Port of Delcambre the 4.5 billion dollars will benefit those in the seafood industry in the long run.
Verret says many of the shrimpers think the BP spill has affected the fisheries but it's been a tragedy that they've dealt with. They are now looking forward to what the future brings.