DEEPWATER HORIZON | US Deepwater Horizon explosion & oil spill lawsuits | BP finalises $20.8bn Deepwater Horizon settlement

Drilling rig ‘Deepwater Horizon’ on lease to BP explodes and catches fire – 11 killed, 17 injured; 4.9 million oil barrels leaked; local wildlife, fishing and tourism immensely damaged; potential health hazards for clean-up workers and coastal residents; multiple lawsuits for companies involved; BP pleaded guilty to criminal charges; reparations and damages – over £20 billion.