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BP trial's last phase begins -- penalty for gulf oil spill will be determined
BP trial's last phase begins -- penalty for gulf oil spill will be determined

The slowly unwinding Deepwater Horizon oil spill trial began its final phase Tuesday as a judge in New Orleans considers the record fine that oil giant BP must pay for the well blowout five years ago that killed 11 men and spawned the worst environmental disaster in American history. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier heard arguments from government lawyers and BP, which is liable for fines of up to $13.7 billion for violating the federal Clean Water Act as a result of the April 20, 2010, explosion in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The accident and BP’s efforts to mitigate its effects transfixed a worldwide audience, starting with fireboats, helicopters and an armada of...

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