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Gulf of Mexico oil spill: BP back in court for second phase


At issue is the amount of oil spilled in the gulf after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform. Eleven workers were killed in the blast. BP contends approximately 2.5 million barrels of oil were spilled over 87 days, an estimate the government says is short by about 1.7 million barrels.

After a five-month break, the trial resumed in U.S. District Court with lawyers geared up for a four-day discussion of BP's approach to containing the spill.

"BP's plan was nothing more than a plan to plan," said plaintiffs' attorney Brian Barr in opening statements, adding BP's 600-page disaster plan included only one page addressing the control of a blown-out well, leaving employees unprepared for such a scenario.

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