BP's Continuing Safety Problems: The Gulf of Mexico Crisis

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Case Code : BECG116
Case Length : 19 Pages
Period : 2005-2010
Organization : BP
Pub Date : 2010
Teaching Note : Not Available
Countries : India
Industry : Petroleum

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Exhibit I: BP-Key Facts and Figures
Exhibit II: BP: Income Statement
Exhibit III: Timeline of the Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico (As of May 11, 2010)
Exhibit IV: Stock Price Chart of BP
Exhibit V: BP: Quarterly Profits

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