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Federal judge rules that BP is 'grossly negligent' for Gulf oil spill

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White pelicans roosting on oiled groundPhoto by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

A federal judge in Louisiana has ruled that British Petroleum (BP) is 'grossly negligent for the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill that occurred in April of 2010 according to a news report from WDSU News on September 4, 2014.

Judge Carl Barbier, a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern Division of Louisiana, ruled that BP was responsible for two thirds of the blame in the oil spill disaster.

Transocean and Halliburton were ruled to be negligent with thirty percent of the blame going to Transocean and three percent to Halliburton.

Criminal charges were settled by BP in 2012 for $4.5 billion. The new ruling for negligence will cost the oil giant an additional $21 billion or more. Under the Clean Water Act BP will have to pay up to $4,300 for each barrel of oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico. The estimate by the government on the number of barrels of oil actually spilled stands at 4.9 million barrels.

Judge Barbier stated that his ruling was based on the fact that the oil giant did not follow up on the failed safety test and shut down operations, which therefore resulted in the explosion and death of eleven men and many other injuries.

BP says they will appeal the ruling.