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by December 25, 2012
Dolphins across the northern Gulf of Mexico are still dying in high numbers--two and a half years after BP's Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sent more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf.
Just this week, BP agreed to pay a record criminal fine for the Gulf oil spill, but vowed to vigorously contest the charges it is facing under federal environmental law--money from which would go toward restoring the Gulf. Dolphins in one heavily oiled section of the Louisiana coast are suffering and even dying from a variety of symptoms--includinganemia, low blood sugar, and lung disease--that suggest exposure to oil.
But media reports indicate that BP might be attempting to negotiate an agreement with the Department of Justice to pay less than half of what the company could face at trial for its violations of the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act.
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