BP: Government overestimated size of spill

BP: Government overestimated size of spill

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In this image taken from video provided by BP PLC, the arm of a remotely operated vehicle, bottom right, works at the Deepwater Horizon oil spill site in the Gulf of Mexico, Saturday, July 10, 2010. Undersea robots manipulated by engineers a mile above were expected to begin work Saturday removing the containment cap over the gushing well head in the Gulf of Mexico to replace it with a tighter-fitting cap that could funnel all the oil to tankers at the surface. If all goes according to plan, the tandem of the tighter cap and the tankers could keep all the oil from polluting the fragile Gulf as soon as Monday. But it would be only a temporary solution to the catastrophe unleashed by a drilling rig explosion. It won't plug the busted well and it remains uncertain that it will succeed. (AP Photo/BP PLC) NO SALES

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Associated Press

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 4:36 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP has urged a federal judge to rule the company can't be penalized for millions of gallons of oil that spewed from its blown-out well but was captured before it could spill into the Gulf of Mexico.

A court filing Friday by BP says the federal government overestimated the size of the spill because workers captured more than 34 million gallons of crude and either burned it or shipped it to shore.

The company asked U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to rule that at least 810,000 barrels of oil, or around 34,130,000 gallons, were collected before entering the Gulf and can't be counted in calculating the company's Clean Water Act penalties.

A criminal settlement with the Justice Department in November didn't resolve the government's civil claims against BP.

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