With potentially $18 billion in fines on the line, the second phase of the federal trial over BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill began Monday, and BP faced claims that it lied to government officials and withheld information about the amount of oil that spewed from the blown-out Maconado well.
The first phase of the trial focused on the causes of the blowout; this segment, which is scheduled for four weeks of testimony, will explore the methods used to cap the well and the actual amount of oil that spewed into the Gulf. A week after the well failed, BP estimated that oil was seeping out at a rate of 1,000 to 5,000 barrels per day, but in statements Monday attorneys opposing BP said evidence will be presented showing that the oil giant attempted to conceal much higher—and more accurate—estimates.
BP could be leveled with fines of either $1,100 or $4,300 per barrel of oil spilled under the terms of the Clean Water Act. The higher amount would apply if BP is found guilty of gross negligence.
Meanwhile, the Mobile, Alabama, attorneys at Long & Long continue to help business owners and property owners impacted by the oil spill assess and file claims under the terms of last year’s multidistrict lawsuit settlement with BP. We are currently reviewing potential claims related to:
- Loss of business revenue
- Diminution of property value or loss of property use
Our lawyers have helped a number of business owners and property owners from Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana file successful claims and recover their losses. Time is limited to file a claim; please contact Long & Long today for your free consultation.