Past, future effects of oil argued in BP penalty trial
NEW ORLEANS - Justice Department attorneys are back in federal court presenting their case for making BP pay billions of dollars in civil penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The oil corporation, meanwhile, says the government is ignoring some of its own data on the health of the Gulf region nearly five years after the spill.
Trial on federal Clean Water Act penalties, which could hit $13.7 billion for BP, began Tuesday in New Orleans. It resumed Wednesday with testimony from environmental researcher Donald Boesch. Boesch testified about observable damage to sea life as a result of the spill. He also discussed potential harm - findings that BP says are speculative and shouldn't be considered in the civil penalty phase.
The trial is expected to last three weeks.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Gunfire outside Sorrento landfill escalates enviromental fight
Reported two alarm apartment fire on Titian Ave. near N Donmoor Ave.
20-year-old wanted for shooting near Doe's restaurant on Government Street
Legally blind teacher works, can't get disability assistance
Community gathers to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day