BP 2010 Oil Spill – Original Article

Original 2013 Writing on BP Gulf Oil Spill 2010. 

(Please read Black Anointing Oil  under OIL at yhebrew.com)

Black Oil or Anointing Oil?

Sabbath to High Sabbath

Tu B’Shevat – Yom Kippur

The BP spills 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico Summer of 2010

British Petroleum * Gulf of Mexico

January 30, 2010 – 15 Shevat * Deep Water Horizon Rig at Macondo

April 20, 2010 – September 19, 2010 * 150-152-Day Disaster

Rig burns 36 hours and sinks 2010 * 36 4.5+ earthquakes 2015

Alarms Silenced * 11 Die * 17 injured * 115 evacuated

4.9 Million Barrel Spilled in 87 Days * 50,574 Barrels Daily

40 Billion Clean Up and Economic Losses

New Horizon rig begins Drilling: Tu B’Shevat Sabbath – 15 Shevat

80 Days Later

Explosion: Israel’s Independence Day – 6 Iyyar

Ends: YOM KIPPUR * Tishrei 9-11

(Day of Judgment * Day of Atonement)

PURIM SPILL AND EXPLOSIONS – Revealed in PURIM OIL article on yhebrew.com

April 20, 2010. Israel’s Independence Day! I wonder if the world sent them congratulations? I believe Yahweh did. It was a really really BIG day in God’s book. Israel’s birth through Abraham is a miracle. Abraham was born in 1948 BC and Abraham’s grandchild, Israel, was born as that promised nation in our 1948. Generations have prayed, hoped for, and suffered persecution to look upon this day.

This day was promised over 4000 years. Israel’s presence in her land is just (brit) the beginning of a prophecy that shadows Messiah’s return to that land. She has been completed and now will go about fulfilling her tasks at hand. Messiah will reign from Jerusalem with the government on His shoulders.

The beginning for Israel was changed because the British mandate was changed!

Quoting The Holy Land by George W Knight, pg 18.

From 1919 until 1948, Great Britain served as caretaker and peacekeeper in Palestine. The British government had declared as early as 1917 that it favored the establishment of an independent Jewish state in the region. This pledge by the British government became known as the Balfour Declaration.

He goes on to say that between those years there were many out breaks of riots and violence between the two factions and it was handed over to the United Nations. The British Mandate would end on May 15, 1948, and the existence of the two separate entities would begin officially on that date.

WW II found Britain needing to find a way to cut off oil from Germany. They struck an agreement with the Arabs in exchange for land. This backfired as the Arabs joined Hitler. The plan to stop Hitler failed.  When Israel’s borders were defined, it was a fraction of what was intended.

What day was it: Jewish officials under the leadership of David Ben-Gurion, accepted the partition plan. They met on May 14, 1948, 5 Iyyar, before the British Mandate ended. “We…hereby proclaim the establishment of the Jewish state in Palestine to be called, Israel.”

The Arabs have always lived in tribes until recent mandates divided them into countries. Samuel Clements commented on what a desolate land it was and with terrible swamps. Israel was given the least choice of properties.

We know from Scripture that this land would not flourish until God’s children were in it. This is prophecy come true in our life-time friends.

In my Torah study group today we were in the book of B’resheet or Genesis. Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

The word Britain came up and then the BP oil spill of 2010. That lead me to investigate to see if God’s hand was in it. GOD’S HAND IS ALL OVER IT!

The letter ‘B’ is pronounced, Beit, like bait. It is associated with the picture of a house. It is the second letter in the Hebrew Aleph-Bet, and thus, also the second number. Eesh is ‘man’ in Hebrew. British could mean, ‘Covenant with man’. We do see Britain being involved in the process of Israel re-establishing herself back into her original land. Covenants between men are broken all the time. We see agreements changed or broken right away between Britain and the Jewish people. We see it with the Arabs and Britain. Man will justify his actions and the other party ends up in court or in war.

The covenants that God makes with men can never be broken by him. He cannot break a promise. He is not a liar. Scripture constantly shows us pictures where man breaks his covenant with God. When God says it will be a covenant with Him forever, it is forever and to the future generations.

This is exciting to read the title deed that Jehovah has planned for Israel.

Genesis 15:18-21 CJB

(18) That day Adonai made a covenant with Avram: “I have given this land to your descendants — from the Vadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates River —

(19) the territory of the Keni, the K’nizi, the Kadmoni,

(20) the Hitti, the P’rizi, the Refa’im,

  1. the Emori, the Kena`ani, the Girgashi and the Y’vusi.”

Genesis 15:8-17 describes the process as Abraham sleeps in horror as great darkness comes over him.

Israel’s brothers understand this scripture and that is what they fear. Jehovah is NOT a covenant breaker and this land will be Israels. The brothers could assimilate into Israel but they have chosen to annihilate her.

The letter Aleph represents God. He is the strength/ox/bull. The Aleph is the first letter and therefore is number one. It is before the Beit; and thus Yahweh is the strength of the house. Our strength comes from having God as the first thing in our house. The letter Aleph is a silent consonant. Things attach to it and that is how the Aleph is heard. A vowel attached to it would be itself: E, Ah, oo, o, eh, etc.

We can’t see God but he manifests Himself in His house (His creation). The heavens and earth are His house. He declares Himself through them by attaching Himself in action through them.

I hope this is a ‘jaw dropper’ for you; it was for me.

This story gives witness to God who issued judgment in 2010 on prideful nations through the very means of what they lusted for: ‘OIL’.

“If you live by the sword, then you may die by the sword.” How about, “If you live by oil, then you may die by oil.” Whatever you are consumed with, it consumes you. I’d rather have the anointing oil on me than this black oil that suffocates life and weighs people down.

I wrote this in October, 2013 to give you a time frame on how Yahweh is working in history. The summer of 2013 Yah blessed Israel with three types of oil. The world is now recognizing Israel as a major player and perhaps the largest player in the middle east because of man’s lust with oil.

God is to have ALL the glory for this as it is His hand at work. God gave man all the vastness of the world to live in and He only asks for a small section for His ‘People of the Book.’ These people are to shine through the dark world no matter what man does to them. Jehovah is our living God. It is for God’s own glory, and not for Israel’s glory, that He does these things.

In this case, America, Britain, Russia and many other countries all had losses in this Macondo BP oil spill. Other oil companies were even seeking damages from the British Petroleum spill since they were forced to halt their operations during parts of the crisis. The Obama Administration sued BP as well. Ten judges had a meeting and determined that one judge would handle all the arbitration and lawsuits. He was located in Louisiana.

What is interesting about that is that in Judaism, they need a council of ten to have a quorum, and we know God is the final judge.

Day 30 – May 20, 2010 – Shavuot Day 2.

SHAVUOT – Torah * Holy Spirit (Comforter) * 50th Day Counting Omer

  1. It was the giving of the instructions to Moses at Mt. Sinai. Today many men do NOT think it is for them; thus they are Lawless (Torah less).
  2. It was the giving of the “Comforter’ in Jerusalem. Today many men 1. Do NOT believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. 2. The are not baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

Moses was gone forty days and nights and comes back to find them worshiping a ‘golden calf.’ Men today worship oil. Mosche broke the first tablets since he saw that they would not want them any way. He was dealing with a stubborn-necked people.

We see Mosche leaving again at the beginning of the month of Elul and He returns Tishrei 10, The Day of Atonement or Judgment. It is called “The Fast” as it is the only day that the High Priest can enter the inner Temple. ‘The Fast’ was declared by God. All the world should be humble this day before their Creator. There are many days that have been turned to good because of righteous acts and to ‘fast’ on that day would be in violation of Jewish tradition. But, it will take Messiah Himself returning to make “The Fast” a day of celebration.

It is now Elul 1 the month, “The King Is In The Field,” and it is Moses second time of being with Yahweh forty days and nights. He will ask Jehovah to consider not destroying the Israelites; and Mosche does return with the same instructions (Torah) plus ‘The Thirteen Attributes’ of His name.

Deepwater Rig
Deepwater Rig

EIGHTY DAYS From Drill being Set to EXPLOSION

EIGHTY DAYS of Mosche Being FACE TO FACE on Mountain with GOD

EIGHTY-SEVEN Days To Stop The Leak *  4th of AV – July 15, 2010


April 20, 2001 to September 19, 2010

EIGHTY DAYS: Mosche was Eighty years old when he brought the people out of Egypt (world.)  It took TEN plaques and I’m not sure how many days of miracles  for Pharaoh to ‘Let My People Go”.

Mosche spends his first forty years in Egypt, another forty years gaining a family, and another forty years waiting for the disobedient parents to die off in the desert. He is like a youth at age 120 because his life took him into the actual presence of the Jehovah. Mosche dies, and the Israelites mourn thirty days before they cross over the Jordan into their ‘Promised Land.’

EIGHTY DAYS – Nissan 1, Head New Ecclesiastical Year to Sivan 15 – birth/death of Judah.

He called – Take up.

2015 – Nissan 1 on Rosh Chodesh, Sabbath Vayikra, ‘He called’.  Lev 1:1-5:26; Is 66:1-24. to 15 Sivan 2015 (Sivan 2)  Naso, ‘take up’.  (Sivan 15,birth and death of Judah)  Remember, Jesus/Yeshua comes through the line of Judah.  Messiah is pictured in Judah.

EIGHTY-SEVEN – Seven (oath, complete) God uses seven days (Sabbath cycle) representing his oath.  Eight represents God, Heaven, New Beginnings.  New beginning to rest.

The Rig was on fire for thirty-six hours and when it sank the flames went out. Seven days: April 27, the oil was 100 miles wide and 20 miles from Louisiana. They started the ocean on fire on the ‘eighth day’, April 28, to burn the surface slick that was spreading quickly..(new beginning).  The slick would cover 1600 miles of beach.

In 2015 36  4.5+ earthquakes will occur on Nissan 10 – The day the Lamb was Chosen.  The lamb would be a burnt offering.  Chosen from the foundation of the world for this day, Nisan 10.  Killed on Nisan 14 as a Jew coming back as the Hebrew High Priest that can NOT be defiled because He defiled death.

It will be in the “eighth” day that this earth is burnt and renewed. I believe we are ready to enter the ‘seventh’ day in which the 1,000 year reign of Messiah occurs. There will be a huge landscape change when Jerusalem is lifted up from an earthquake and Messiah reigns from the Temple He will build. We also know the earth is purified with two-third of the population dying and Israel will come through the fire purified.

Zechariah 13:8-9 KJV

(8) And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

(9) And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

It is the Torah that refines us.  One-third will believe in Yeshua’s instruction, known as The Torah.  It refines them to know to blow the shofar…call on Adonai.  God hears them and returns the blow of the trumpet notifying them that He is their God and will save them.

We have God’s covenant sign of the ‘rainbow’ that he will never destroy the earth by water again. He states that it will be by fire. As I researched this material it was said that there are hundreds of improperly capped-off old oil wells in the world’s waters.  The flood purified but left life.  Fire will purify, but leave life.  This is a pattern.  The new heaven and earth will be after the millennial reign of Messiah from Jerusalem.

I like to look at the smaller ‘harbingers’ ‘signs’ that will lead to the BIG picture of Messiah’s return.  We must remember that God’s goal is to return people to Torah…in Torah they can live safely now and into eternity.  We will always live by God’s instructions (Torah) and not after men’s traditions.

All news reports declare the leak stopped on September 19, 2010 (Sunday). But this report claims they had the leak stopped at eighty-three days. Perhaps they didn’t get to start until the rig collapsed 36-hours later.

No matter, God always shows His hand in seven days (oath, rest, or reflection) before the next stage of something. We see that again here, ‘eighty days’ and then ‘seven days’.

The Gulf burn began to cleanse the water of black death. The Torah study Pesach Shini is about second chances.

BURN BEGINS: April 28, 2010 was 14 Iyyar, Pesach Shini, 29th Day of Counting of Omer.

Burnt Offering: Pesach Shini – Occurs every year on 14 Iyar, exactly thirty days after 14 Nisan, the day before Passover. If anyone was unclean from touching a dead person or other issues, and they were not able to participate in Passover; they could bring their Korban Pesach (“Paschal lamb”) on 14 Iyar, the next month.   Korban means ‘Offering to God.’

“Sabbath”. Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica Inc., 2013. Web. 27 Oct. 2013 <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/514970/Sabbath>.

There was only one ‘burnt offering’ for sin. There were five other offerings. There was only one day that the ‘burnt’ offering could be taken go into the ‘veil’ where Jehovah was, and it was on Yom Kippur, Tishrei 10.

In 325 AD The Council of Nicea is referencing Pesach Shini as to why they removed all Jewishness and especially those two Passovers those Jews do. They wanted to have one thing and it would be called Easter. It’s too confusing to have two celebrations. We are going to just have one’, they said. Men today say the same thing to me. “All of these feasts and fasts are too confusing.”

Nothing is confusing if you become familiar, right? What is confusing to our Creator is why His creation don’t want to do as He has suggested since the brit (beginning). Thus, we see God allowing the House of Man to fall. Man can have no glory without God being in it. Man seems to think that Christ did away with these feasts and fasts, but He actually came to have us participate more fully.

Gen 8:3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.  (150 Days)  The same time it took to seal off the black oil.  Independence Day to Yom Kippur.

We could say, “And the black death anointing oil continued to be released upon the earth continually; and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the black oils were abated.”

God heard man’s prayer and atoned (stopped the judgment) on YOM KIPPUR 2013.  Man should now understand what Yom Kippur means. It is a time of ‘judgment’ for those not doing Torah and ‘atonement’ for those that do it’.   Our lesson shows us to look to Yeshua’s atoning blood shed on the cross for ALL.   We all sin and come short of His glory. There has to be a sinless sacrifice from which we can draw upon to be saved from our lawlessness.

Men fall short of doing The Torah.  Yeshua is the Complete Torah and makes us complete.  Jesus is the Messiah which means, ‘Anointed One.’   He completes every aspect of the Torah.  He is the Living Torah (instruction).

BP commented in the first days of this spill, “It is an accident that could happen again?” They are right! God will keep disciplining the world until they stop coming against His children.

I urge you to reference the charges of recklessness against BP in not just this accident, but in others. They that are reckless do not have a fear of God.  Their reports show that it is the almighty dollar that was important and not the safety of the nations.

Here are a few more leaders who were reckless.

Here are a few more amazing dates that we should consider before we write “God” off as NOT being in charge of these messes.

Three leaders die within thirty days of each other. Zech 11:8 “I dismissed three shepherds in one month. My soul loathed them and their soul abhorred me,”

The Burn begins 14 Iyar, April 28, 2010.

29 Nisan, April 12, 1945.Franklin D Roosevelt died from a stroke.

15 Iyar, Same day, April 28, 1945 Mussolini died by execution.

17 Iyar, April 30, 1945 Hitler commits suicide.

Benito Mussolini and Adolph Hitler were world leaders that lead their flocks to kill millions of Jews. Their persecution began in 1935 before World War II. The Holocaust that killed 50 million people, with six million being Jews of which two million were Jewish children.

Roosevelt Funeral
Roosevelt Funeral

The Franklin D Roosevelt Administration refused to open immigration for Jewish refugees. The United States refused to allow ships carrying several thousand Jewish refugees to dock at any U.S. Port. Most of the Jews on the ships later died in fulfillment of the prophecy. Zechariah 11 tells us the ‘flock of slaughter’ will be slain and those who kill them will say they are doing God’s service, and even their shepherds will not help them. Today we have Islam who believes they are in “Allah’s service.”  The radical part of Allah’s children is known as ISIS in 2015.

Britain certainly did Israel an injustice when it gave the land intended for Israel to ‘the brothers.  And to this day, President Obama and the world continues the chant,  “more land for peace.”

Joseph’s brothers did not want peace, they wanted Joseph dead.   Joseph lived because of one brother, Judah. We live because of the one-blood kinsmen Redeemer, Messiah Yeshua. We will live when we come to the aide of the one through whom we are grafted to, Israel.   Israel may act and look different to the world because she is the one following the original ‘instruction book’.

The Gulf burn began on 14 Iyar.  The day before the burn, 13 Iyyar 1967, (April 27) Egypt closes the Trina Strait, which forces Israel to war. The United States was not there for her and she went it alone. God was there and is still  being magnified as the miracles of that war continue to be told.

The War strategists still ‘drop their jaws’ over this. Israel won back all the land they had in 1948 and Adonai did it according to His creation pattern: War. It is known as The Six Day War.  God worked through them for SIX days in 1967.  Then they all RESTED on the Seventh…1967.

In 2013, Israel is back to it’s tiny portion of land once again as the, ‘Road Map to Peace’ keeps giving her land to ‘the brothers.’ The Muslim Brotherhood even wears the name, brother.  2013 was known for its, Arab Spring.   Situations in our world were created so people would die for new leadership.  Nothing is stable and governments continue to fall.

Leadership was removed in the BP crisis, too. Let’s look at the newspaper clippings of May 30, 2010 which is forty days into the Gulf of Mexico filling with oil.

Hayward causes outrage after telling reporters, “There’s no one who wants this over more than I do. I would like my life back.”

How many people and animals would have ‘liked their life back?’

What Day Was It?

July 20, 2010 – The Fast of the 9th of Av  * Hayward Yacht Race 

CEO, Tony Hayward takes fourth place in his class in a yacht race in the ‘Isle of Wight.’ It was bad publicity as he is 4500 miles from his oil spill that will leak 4.9 million barrels of crude in the fourth month, 4.20.10. $40 Billion is reserved for damage.

It was on the Tisha B-Av (9th of Av), July 20, 2010, Tony Haywood was criticized for participating in a yacht race with his son during this disaster. The 9th of AV is considered one of the most serious fasts the Jews imposed on themselves because even their Temple was destroyed twice in history on that day. We should mourn with those that mourn.

Shabbat Ḥazon (Isaiah 1:1), preceding the 9th day of Av (Tisha be-Av)—a fast day;

 Shabbat Naḥamu (Isaiah 40:1) reading following the 9th of Av fast.

What day was Tony Hayward BP CEO Replaced?

October 1, 2010 * Tishrei 23

Tony Hayward is dismissed but continues to be badgered with lawsuits. His career ended. So much for the lives of the ‘rich and famous.’

What is Simchat Torah?  It is the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles celebrated by those that live outside Israel. . It is the Ninth Day.

Psalm 50

REVIEW of 2010 History Gulf Spill

Tu’B Shevat, Shabbat Shira, Beshalach * Independence Day * Pesach Shini * Fast of Tammuz * 9th Av * Simchot Torah * Yom Kippur

January 30, 2010 – 15 Shevat – Tu’B Shevat – Shabbat Shira – Beshalach

April 20, 2010. – 6 Iyyar, 5770 * Israel’s Independence Day * Day 1

April 28, 2010 – 14 Iyyar * Fire set to burn off oil * Pesach Shini, 29th Day Counting of Omer * Day 8

May 20, 2010 – 7 Sivan * 19 percent of the Mexico Gulf is covered in oil * Day 30

June 30, 2010 – 18 Tammuz – Fast Tammuz Day 2 * First hurricane ALEX disrupts clean-up – Day 40

July 15, 2010 – 4 Av – British Petroleum Spill Stopped * Day 87

July 20, 2010 – 9th of AV-Fast * Worst Day on Israel’s calendar * Hayward Yacht Race – Day 92

Sept 19, 2010 – 10-11 Tishrei – Yom Kippur Day  – Day of Judgment/Atonement * The Fast * Leak is Sealed – Day 150-152


Jan. 30, 2010: The Deepwater Horizon moves on site about 45 miles south of the Louisiana coastline to resume drilling the Macondo well after the rig Marianas (bitter waters) withdrew due to storm damage from Hurricane Ida in November, 2009.

1. January 30, 2010 – Tu’B Shevat – 15th of Shevat. It was a full moon and the first of four special Sabbaths. Tu B’Shevat is the new year for the purpose of calculating the age of trees for tithing. See Lev. 19:23-25, which states that fruit from trees may not be eaten during the first three years; the fourth year’s fruit is for G-d, and after that, you can eat the fruit. 

2. It was Shabbat Shirah

Shabbat Shirah (“Sabbath [of] song” שבת שירה) is the name given to the Shabbat that includes Parsha Beshalach. The Torah reading of the week contains the Song of the sea (Exodus 15:1-18). This was the song by the Children of Israel after the Passage of the Red Sea. There is no special Torah reading. The haftorah includes the Song of Deborah.

This song has to do with the Red sea and most appropriate for the Gulf’s soon-burning waters.

3. It was  Shabbat Bereshit (“Sabbath of the beginning”), when the annual cycle of Torah readings recommences with Genesis 1;

September 19, 2010 Yom Kippur Day 2 – Well Sealed Permanently

The seals were checked and found working on Friday.  They checked the seals one time on Sunday and they were still found working.  It was declared on Sunday that the leak was over.  Yom Kipper began on Friday evening and ran through Saturday evening.  The judgment was finished.  And atonement was declared on Tishri 11…Yom Kippur Day 2.

It was the weekend some defer ‘The Fast’, from the Sabbath, to the next day.   My calendar in 2013 called for a deferred Fast to Sunday.  It is also recognized that if God has determined the FAST then it must be done. God knew in 2013 that it was a sign of judgment and He released it in judgment and atonement.  It was on Yom Kippur weekend.

 Shabbat Shuva (Hosea 14:2), immediately preceding Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). This is called “The Fast”. It is a High Fast required by Yahweh and is not a man-instilled fast.

Finally, there are Shabbat Shira (“Sabbath song”), when the triumphal song of Moses is read from Exodus 15; and the two Sabbaths of ḥol ha-moʿed (“intermediate days”), falling between the initial and final days of the Passover and Sukkot festivals.

As I write this report in 2013 the Torah readings are the Bereshit (beginnings). The theme is exactly what this report has revealed. Britain was that beginning house that fell because of oil. God is sending a message of fasting and prayer to bring repentance to our world. These happenings are about His Torah, His Sabbaths, Fast Days and the number four. Four has a heavy theme here and is represented by the letter Dahlet which has a picture language of a door. I hope you see the door that is being opened for you. He knocks and you must open your heart to hear. If you don’t open that door, your house is going to burn.

The scriptures show us that God has included the Jews fasts with his fasts and His festivals. God works in cycles and we can witness similar happenings in our history. God does not have a Greek mindset that determines everything has a beginning and ending.   The Hebrew circular patterns show up in our lives.The Hebrew language has depth and is not shallow.

Adonai’s goal is to turn fast days into joy. But, this will not happen unless man does good to change them into good days. And, how can man know to do good when man does not even know when the fasts and feasts occur?

There is a lesson about the fruit we offer. I just read about the meaning of T uB’Shevat in that we do not eat of a tree until it’s fifth year of fruit. My daughter-in-law also just learned that in her home-schooling lesson. The guideline for fruit is that the ‘fourth’ year is dedicated to the Lord and the fifth year is mans.

Levticus 19:23 ” ‘When you enter the land and plant various kinds of fruit trees, you are to regard its fruit as forbidden — for three years it will be forbidden to you and not eaten.
Lev 19:24 In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, for praising Adonai.
Lev 19:25 But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit, so that it will produce even more for you; I am Adonai your God.

God sealed off the leak at Maconda in the third year of the Shmittah cycle. It therefore appears that the fourth year of fruit from the Gulf waters, that were to be His, was full of death and doom for His creatures. Man  offered his Creator the bad first fruits of deadly burning waters.

Time line information: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-25/bp-gulf-of-mexico-spill-from-disaster-to-trial-timeline.html:

Feb. 9, 2013: Bloomberg News reveals BP is negotiating with U.S. officials to settle the pollution claims tied to the oil spill. The U.S. seeks fines of as much as $4,300 for each of the more than 4.4 million barrels spilled after the rig explosion.

The agreement requires MOEX to pay $45 million in civil penalties to the U.S. and about $25 million total to Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. MOEX will also pay $20 million for land acquisition projects.”Totals another $45 million for a total of $90 million.

Jan. 29,2013: BP wins final approval of its guilty plea to resolve 14 criminal charges tied to the Deep water Horizon explosion. The company agrees to pay $4.5 billion in penalties and fines, 

Jan. 3, 2013: Trans ocean agrees to pay more than $1.4 billion, including a $400 million criminal fine, to settle all Justice Department criminal and civil allegations from the rig explosion and oil spill.

The case is In Re Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, MDL-2179, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans). To contact the reporters on this story: Margaret Cronin Fisk in Southfield, Michigan, atmcfisk@bloomberg.net; Laurel Brubaker Calkins in Houston at laurel@calkins.us.com

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