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BP execs go on trial for biggest U.S. oil spill

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:25am
Reuters

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - People, businesses and governments harmed in the biggest oil spill in U.S. history got their day in court on Monday, blaming BP executives for the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 rig workers and spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

"The primary fault for this disaster lies with BP," Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Underhill said at the start of the trial over legal culpability for the disaster that killed 11 oil workers and sent more than 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf. The trial at the federal district court in New Orleans will be overseen by Judge Carl Barbier with no jury.

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