Editors: BP PLC has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges in the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. The Associated Press is covering the story in all formats and has the following material available now, or will presently:
GULF OIL SPILL-SETTLEMENT
NEW ORLEANS — A day of reckoning arrives for BP on Thursday as the oil giant agrees to plead guilty in the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico rig explosion and oil spill and pay $4.5 billion, including the biggest criminal fine in U.S. history. Two BP employees are charged with manslaughter in the disaster that killed 11 of their colleagues, and an executive is charged with obstructing justice, accused of lying to Congress. By Michael Kunzelman.
— GULF OIL SPILL-BP IMPACT — A story that puts the multibillion-dollar settlement into business context, noting that while the British oil giant's bill for the disaster has hit $42 billion and could grow, the company also made $5.5 billion in just one recent quarter.
— GULF OIL SPILL-TIMELINE — Detailing the government response and ensuing legal cases.
— GULF OIL SPILL-KEY PLAYERS — A glance looking at the central figures in the explosion and the investigation. Moving shortly.
Photos now available include:
— NY601: In an April 21, 2010 file photo, fire boats spray the burning rig after the explosion.
— NY609: In a June 10, 2010 file photo, an oil-soaked pelican struggles to stand on the Louisiana coast.
A photo gallery focusing on the various impacts of the spill has moved. Video packages detailing the settlement and with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder discussing it have moved. An interactive highlighting key events in the spill and its aftermath has moved and will be updated. Audio clips of federal authorities, an environmentalist and AP staff discussing the settlement have moved.