BP agreed to pay the record sum in fines and penalties as a result of its criminal misconduct which led to an explosion causing deaths of 11 workers. This is the single largest criminal resolution in US history. The US Department of Justice stated that the explosion was a result of “BP’s culture of privileging profit over prudence.” As part of the guilty plea, BP agreed to create new roles to ensure that new safety measures were put in place and monitored, including a process safety and risk management monitor and an independent auditor.

The Department of Justice also confirmed that the highest ranking BP supervisors on board at the time of the incident on 20 April 2010, Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine, have each been charged with 11 felony counts of seaman’s manslaughter, 11 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and one violation of the Clean Water Act.