"A minority stakeholder in the Macondo well project agreed to pay $90 million in civil penalties for its liability in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, federal officials announced Friday. The agreement reached with MOEX Offshore LLC 2007, a subsidiary of the Japanese oil company Mitsui, is the first of several settlements expected to come as a major trial over the disaster prepares to open in 10 days. The Obama administration touted the settlement reached with MOEX as the largest penalty paid for violating the Clean Water Act."