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BP goes on trial for Gulf oil spill

In civil case, federal and state prosecutors claim the company was “grossly negligent” leading up to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion

BP is finally getting its day in court, after last-minute attempts to reach a settlement with government prosecutors in the Gulf oil spill case failed over the weekend.

The U.S. Department of Justice and several Gulf Coast states are among the plaintiffs seeking to prove that BP and its contractors were “grossly negligent” in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion that killed 11 workers and dumped 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Alanna Byrne

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