Oil flows out of the top of the transition spool, which was placed into the gushing Macondo wellhead at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in July 2010. AP Photo/BP PLC, File)

BP turns to environmental impact, financial state in oil spill penalty trial

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BP will continue to build its case for lower environmental fines Tuesday in the long-running legal fight over how much it should pay for fouling the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Spill trial: BP makes its case for lower pollution fines

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BP’s fourth and final witness, Robert Cox, a practicing physician and toxicologist at the University of Mississippi Medical School, said he found the oil spill and the efforts to clean it up left no significant adverse human health impacts or threats to public health, based on his analysis of exhaustive state and federal data.
(AP Photo/Log Cabin Democrat, Courtney Spradlin)

U.S. witness: Spill response removed far less crude than BP expert estimates

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A retired Coast Guard official testified Wednesday the massive oil spill response BP managed out of Houston in 2010 fell short of typical efforts to remove crude from the ocean.
(Dave Martin/AP)

Oil spill intensified Gulf inequality amid economic damage, U.S. witness says

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Gushing oil in the Gulf of Mexico caused serious and widespread sociocultural destruction in Louisiana and other states and exacerbated inequality in a region marked by economic immobility, the U.S. government’s second witness in BP’s oil spill case said Tuesday.
A shrimp boat is used to collect oil with booms in the waters of Chandeleur Sound, La. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

First U.S. witness gives BP oil spill response high grade

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Coast Guard Rear Admiral Meredith Austin noted that BP personnel had inappropriately packed up equipment at various branches of the response effort before the runaway Macando well was finally killed in September.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

BP, U.S. attorneys clash in opening statements in oil spill trial

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A U.S. prosecutor said in court Tuesday that BP shouldn’t see its environmental fines reduced much from the maximum $13.7 billion just for complying with the law.
Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the BP operated off shore oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (AFP/Getty Images)

BP penalty trial begins in New Orleans

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A federal judge on Tuesday will hear arguments from BP and U.S. government attorneys and experts in the long-running civil case over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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Canadian drilling services firm files bankruptcy

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A Canadian company that expanded into South Texas in 2012 with a pioneering waterless technique to fracture shale rock has filed for bankruptcy protection as it seeks to reorganize.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Anadarko oil spill fines cut by $1.1 billion after ruling

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The Woodlands-based oil company had owned 25 percent of the doomed Macondo well and is on the hook for up to $1,100 in fines for every barrel that reached the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
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U.S. judge: BP’s lies about flow rate didn’t hinder Gulf oil spill response

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“There is no dispute that BP lied,” about how much oil flowed from the Macondo well during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said, but that didn’t factor in to the effort to stop the blowout.