BP to pay record $18.7 billion to states affected by oil spill; total obligations of $53.8B

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FILE- In this June 4, 2010 file photo, a worker picks up blobs of oil with absorbent snare on Queen Bess Island at the mouth of Barataria Bay near the Gulf of Mexico in Plaquemines Parish, La. BP and five Gulf states announced a record $18.7 billion settlement Thursday, July 2, 2015, that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant’s oil spill in 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) (The Associated Press)

NEW ORLEANS – More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history fouled beaches, […]