Transcript for BP's Big Oil Spill Settlement Includes Criminal Charges
tonight on bp and that oil spill in the gulf. You remember these images. 11 workers killed, 85 days to stop the gush of 172 million gallons of crude oil pouring into the water. And today, it was a day of reckoning nor bp. Abc's pierre thomas items us what happened. Reporter: We all remember the searing images. The horrific fire. Oil spewing into the gulf of mexico. Today we learned bp executives lied about the scale of the spill from the very beginning. For weeks, this is what the company told the public and congress about how much was leaking. Something around 5,000 actually barrels a day is the best estimate. Reporter: But at the time, bp's own estimated showed the well was liking up to 92,000 barrels a day. Today, bp pleaded guilty to misleading congress and to manslaughter for the death of 11 workers on that oil rig. The deaths of the 11 men on board the deepwater horizon could have been avoided. Reporter: Today, two bp company men who were on-site were indiagnos dieted indicted for manslaughter. The company agreed to pay $4.5 million in fines. Pierre thomas, abc news, washington. And also in the news today,
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