Two undiscovered species of pancake batfish are discovered in the Gulf of Mexico, in areas affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
London-based BP agrees, pending court approval, to pay $US18.7 billion to compensate the United States government and the five Gulf Coast states--Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas--for damages stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The settlement includes a civil penalty of $US5.5 billion under the Clean Water Act.
BP is to sell assets worth an estimated $1.8 billion as part of series of sales to help pay for damages caused by the explosion on its Deepwater Horizon rig in April, which killed 11 workers and spilled more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Retired United States Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the person in charge of cleaning up the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico states that the cap is leaking but it is not a major concern so far.
A 2007 memo is released showing that two U.S. Federal agencies, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Minerals Management Service, underestimated the possibility of a large-scale oil spill from drilling in the Gulf and its effects on Gulf Coast wildlife.