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BP Contests Amount of Oil Spilled Into the Gulf After Deepwater Horizon Disaster

According to the news source UPI, the United States government is refusing to turn over certain documents which relate to the amount of oil discharged from the 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill. Reportedly, states along the southern U.S. coast sustained severe damage to tourism, fisheries and many other economic sectors. According to UPI, BP is contesting claims made in August by the Flow Rate Technical Group reporting that 4.9 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion. According to the London newspaper The Daily Telegraph, BP has accused the United States government of trying to protect documents "reflecting discussions and deliberations concerning a factual issue, namely, the amount of oil discharged during the oil spill." This factual issue is important because the amount of oil spilled from the incident will determine what BP pays in terms of fines under the U.S. Clean Water Act. Reportedly, the company contends 3.2 million barrels were spilled during the accident, a difference of around $7 billion in terms of penalties.