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On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig located off the coast of Louisiana killed eleven crewmen and set off what is now considered the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. As a result, BP p.l.c. (“BP”), the parent company of the British Petroleum multi-national corporation, faces mounting liabilities related to the damages caused by the disaster and hundreds of lawsuits that have been filed in numerous U.S. state and federal courts. This memorandum considers how BP may consolidate and address the present and future claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon incident, with particular attention to applicable environmental laws, non-bankruptcy alternatives available to BP, and the issues likely to be raised by a BP bankruptcy filing