BP, Feds Dispute Amount of Oil Spilled in Deepwater Horizon Blowout

GRAND ISLE, LA - APRIL 13: The sun sets beyond the beach as waves wash up from the Gulf of Mexico April 13, 2011 in Grand Isle, Louisiana. Oil from the BP oil spill washed up onto this beach, one of the hardest hit areas, in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion which killed eleven crew members. 206 million gallons of oil eventually spilled into the Gulf of Mexico until the BP well was finally sealed. Residents report that oil still washes up onto the beach after storms. April 20th marks the one-year anniversary of the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.
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Clare Foran
Oct. 7, 2013, 5:30 a.m.

The next phase in the tri­al to de­term­ine the ex­tent of BP’s li­ab­il­ity for the 2010 Deep­wa­ter Ho­ri­zon drilling rig ex­plo­sion be­gins Monday. Law­yers for the Justice De­part­ment are squar­ing off against rep­res­ent­at­ives for BP, with the two sides ar­guing over how much oil was spilled dur­ing the ac­ci­dent, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

Justice De­part­ment at­tor­neys are set to ar­gue that 4.2 mil­lion bar­rels of oil poured in­to the Gulf of Mex­ico as a res­ult of the ac­ci­dent, while the de­fense will say that only 2.45 mil­lion bar­rels were spilled. U.S. Dis­trict Court Judge Carl Bar­bi­er’s de­term­in­a­tion of the amount spilled will dir­ectly im­pact the size of BP’s pay­out for the spill un­der the Clean Wa­ter Act.


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