U.S. judge Carl Barbier has ruled that BP's recklessness caused 2010's massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The company could face billions in fines as a result. BP said it strongly disagrees with the decision issued by the court and will appeal the ruling, according to a statement emailed to The Huffington Post.
Barbier ruled that BP was mostly at fault and that two other companies in the case, Transocean Ltd and Halliburton were not as much to blame. The disaster struck when a surge of methane gas caused an explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon rig as it was drilling at a depth of one mile off the coast of Louisiana.