Civil trial begins over Gulf spill

BP reckless for profit, U.S. says; firm faults rig partners

Posted: February 26, 2013 at 2:59 a.m.

Smoke rises from fires on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010. A civil trial involving oil giant BP and its partners started Monday in New Orleans.

BP bears most of the blame for the disastrous 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico because it cut corners and put profits ahead of safety, a U.S. Justice Department attorney said Monday at the opening of a high-stakes trial that could result in the oil company and its partners being forced to pay billions more in damages.

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