The trial will focus on the question of how much oil actually gushed into the sea after the explosion of the BP-leased deepwater horizon platform. On monday, the second phase of the proceedings began in new orleans (u.S. State of louisiana).
"BP intentionally misrepresented its knowledge of the oil flow with the intent to barter," a court document from the plaintiff’s side states, according to the bloomberg news agency. As a result, the leak was sealed weeks later than it could have been.
According to bloomberg, BP is talking about 390 million liters of spilled ols, the u.S. Government about 668 million – that’s 71 percent more. The amount of oil spilled could significantly affect the high threat of bub and fines for the corporation. In addition, it will be investigated whether BP has done everything possible and necessary to dam up the oil flow.
The first phase of the process had begun in february. The core of the case was whether and to what extent BP and several co-defendants acted negligently. The co-defendants in this first section were the swiss company transocean as owner of the platform and the u.S. Oil company halliburton, which was responsible among other things for mixing the cement for the closure of the borehole. The second phase is now all about BP. Transocean and halliburton sided with the plaintiffs in this section.
Eleven workers were killed in the deepwater horizon explosion in march 2010. It took 87 days for the oil flow to be stopped. Wide stretches of coast from florida to texas were polluted.