|Saturday, 17 November 2012 09:30|
NEW ORLEANS: Gulf Coast residents expressed two main emotions the day after BP Plc. (BP.L) agreed to pay $4.5 billion and plead guilty to criminal misconduct stemming from the disastrous 2010 oil spill: relief that BP was being held accountable, and anger that it took more than two years to happen.
"It was criminal what they did, and 11 people died, so BP needs to be held accountable," said Acy Cooper, a commercial fishering boat captain in Venice, La., a jumping-off point for offshore oil workers and fishermen headed out into the Gulf of Mexico.
London-based oil major BP on Thursday agreed to pay $4.5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to criminal misconduct in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which caused the worst U.S. offshore oil spill ever and killed 11 rig workers.