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Environmental groups target BP as second phase of oil spill trial begins

A variety of environmental groups are using the resumption Monday (Sept. 30) of the federal trial of BP and its drilling partners over liability for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill as an opportunity to demand BP properly compensate the public for the oil spill's damage.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A trial over BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has resumed with a federal judge hearing claims that the company misled federal officials and withheld information about the amount of crude spewing from its blown-out well.

Study: BP spill did wide damage to sea-floor life

The vast 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill damaged the tiny animals that live on the sea floor for about 57 square miles around the blown-out BP oil well, with severe damage in about nine square miles of that area, a Texas A&M researcher says.

Gulf oil spill claims administrator charges BP is trying to 'slow walk' claims payments

The court-appointed administrator of the multi-billion-dollar settlement of private economic and medical claims stemming from the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill charged Tuesday that BP's attempts to cut his budget are part of a company strategy to halt the payment of valid claims.

BP Executive, At Spill Trial, Shares Blame With Contractors

For nearly three years, much of the explanation for why BP's undersea Gulf of Mexico well erupted focused on critical mistakes in the hours before the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. But an expert said in damning testimony Wednesday the well was doomed weeks earlier.

Freeh: Possible corruption in BP claims handling

A former FBI director recommended Friday that the Justice Department investigate whether several lawyers plotted to corrupt the settlement program designed to compensate victims of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill.

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