2015-01-15. BP faces largest oil pollution penalty in U.S. history as final phase of trial begins.

posted Jan 23, 2015, 9:37 AM by Alan Gould
Jennifer Larino, The New York Times. For GSS Energy Use chapter 4. Excerpt: Dozens of lawyers will return to a New Orleans federal courtroom Tuesday (Jan. 20) to begin the final leg of arguments over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill -- its cause, its impact, and, ultimately, its price tag in pollution fines. ...BP faces the largest oil pollution penalty in U.S. history, resulting from one of the most complex cases the federal court system has seen. ...The civil trial over the oil spill will come to a close nearly five years after the April 20, 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that killed 11 men and set off an 87-day oil gusher into the Gulf. ...Together, the rulings expose BP to up to $13.7 billion in fines, the maximum penalty under federal law....  http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2015/01/historic_bp_oil_spill_trial_wi.html.