Greed drove BP to cut corners, plaintiffs at oil-spill trial say
(MCT) — NEW ORLEANS — Energy giant BP, behind schedule and $50 million over budget drilling a deep-water well, stressed cost-cutting over safety, causing the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, attorneys said Monday as the company’s high-stakes civil trial began.
Lawyers provided a dramatic recounting of the April 20, 2010, explosion and fire 50 miles offshore that killed 11 crew members. Workers were preparing to temporarily cap the Macondo well 4,100-feet underwater when it blew up. The 30-story drilling vessel burned for two days before crumpling into the Gulf of Mexico.
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