A former BP Plc engineer charged in the first criminal case arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill said U.S. prosecutors withheld evidence that might clear him and urged a judge to sanction them.
The trial that will determine the extent of any liability London-based BP Plc and its partners must face for the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is set to begin today in federal court in New Orleans.
The judge presiding over the BP Plc spill trial aimed at determining liability for the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history rejected an attempt to halt some settlement payments tied to the 2010 environmental catastrophe in a ruling in New Orleans federal court.
A BP Plc executive testified the captain of the oil rig that exploded and sent millions of barrels of oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico delayed activating the installation’s safety systems after the blast as a trial over the disaster ended.
BP Plc is seeking to block the administrator handling its $8.5 billion settlement over the 2010 oil spill from paying certain claims, contending his decisions may cost the company billions more than expected.
BP Plc is appealing a trial court ruling upholding decisions by the administrator of its $8.5 billion settlement over the 2010 oil spill that the company says will force it pay billions of dollars more than expected.