The same Clean Water Act that punished Exxon with its major Exxon Valdez oil spill states that if gross negligence is found, a company can be punished up to $4,300 per spilled barrel. So the announcement this week that BP (NYSE:BP) has agreed to pay out $4.5B for its recent 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill was thought by some to be somewhat low, and many in the Department of Justice are not satisfied with the agreement. In this video, Motley Fool Energy Analyst Taylor Muckerman tells us what we can expect to see down the road, as BP works to clean up this mess.

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