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US fines Transocean $1.4 bn over Gulf oil disaster

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The United States hit drilling rig operator Transocean with $1.4 billion in criminal and civil fines for its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The Transocean Discoverer Enterprise drillship burns off gas collected at the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill on June 25, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. The United States hit drilling rig operator Transocean with $1.4 billion in criminal and civil fines Thursday for its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Nearly two months after oil giant BP was fined $4.5 billion for its leading role in the disaster, Transocean agreed to plead guilty to violating the Clean Water Act and pay the fines, the Justice Department said.

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