BP Executives Trial Oil Spill

BP Executives Trial Begins For Gulf Oil Spill

BP executives were taken to court on Monday as people, businesses, and governments harmed by the biggest oil spill in US history got their day in court.

The company’s executives were blamed for the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which killed 11 oil rig workers and spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Assistant US Attorney Mike Underhill and lawyers for other plaintiffs slammed the company’s executives, reports Reuters. Underhill opened the trial by saying:

“The primary fault for this disaster lies with BP.”

The trial is being held to determine if BP executives should face legal culpability in relation to the four million barrels of oil that spilled into the Gulf over the summer of 2010.

The trial is being overseen by Judge Carl Barbier in a federal district court in New Orleans. BP’s lawyers are expected to speak later on Monday. They will need to show that the company’s mistakes relating to the spill don’t meet the legal definition of gross negligence required for the highest amount of damages.

Yahoo! News notes that BP owned the blown-out Macondo well and was leasing the Deepwater Horizon rig when the spill began on April 20, 2010. The rig exploded, causing the well to spill millions of barrels of oil until it was finally capped on September 10, 2010. Underhill also asserted during opening statements:

“The evidence will show that BP put profits before people, profits before safety and profits before the environment.”

BP Executives Trial Oil Spill