In a November 15 plea agreement with the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission, BP will pay $4 billion in penalties, including $1.256 billion in criminal fines, over five years, plus $525 million in claims to the commission over three years. The company announced that it will plead guilty to 11 felony counts related to the deaths of 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico April 20, 2010, spilling nearly 5 million barrels of oil. The company will also plead guilty to a felony charge of obstruction of Congress, a misdemeanor charge of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and a misdemeanor charge of violating the Clean Water Act.