BP Oil-Spill Trial Delayed

    A National Guard Blackhawk helicopter flies over the oil slickas it  passes through the protective barrier formed by the Chandeleur Islands, as cleanup operations continue for the BP Deepwater Horizon platform disaster off Louisiana, on May 7, 2010. The Gulf of Mexico oil slick threatens disaster for the fragile US coast, causing clean-up efforts to focus on the best of a bad set of options: fight it there before it arrives here. An army of workers hired by British Petroleum, along with the US Coast Guard and local officials in Louisiana, have rushed to set out protective booms, spread dispersants and burn the oil when they can as it moves toward the shore. The strategy is to deal with the growing slick as much as possible before it laps into wetlands on Louisiana's coast, where its effects could be catastrophic and cleaning it is infinitely more difficult if not impossible.                 AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Nearly two years after the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, the liability trial for the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico was set to begin Monday--but will now be delayed a week to allow time for settlement talks. Since the catastrophe is more often than not called the BP oil spill, things might not look so great for one of the defendants, BP, though it does have millions of dollars to spend on a battalion of lawyers. Rig owner Transocean and construction contractor Halliburton are also among those sued by fishermen, business owners, and Gulf Coast residents. BP chief executive Bob Dudley said the company is ready and able to fight a lengthy court battle. BP has set aside $37 billion for fines and other associated costs of the disaster. The first phase of the trial will focus on who’s responsible, the second will address the efforts to contain the spill, and the third part will be about the cleanup effort. BP could end up playing about $17 billion in civil penalties alone.

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