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Anadarko Ordered to Pay $159.5 Million for 2010 Gulf Spill

  • Fine was last big uncertainty hanging over well's part-owner
  • U.S. sought penalty of more than $1 billion for fatal blowout
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Anadarko Petroleum Corp. was ordered to pay almost $160 million for its role as part-owner of the doomed Gulf of Mexico well that in 2010 caused the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

The fine was the last big uncertainty hanging over Anadarko from the disaster. The order Monday comes after the government told U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans that the company should be fined more than $1 billion for its role in the well’s blowout, which killed 11 people and spewed oil for almost three months.