BP putting up a fight against paying more fines
Preview of civil trial over Gulf oil spill
- Duration 4:38
- Date Feb 22, 2013
Preview of civil trial over Gulf oil spill
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He looks like BP.
Will not shell out any more money for the gulf oil disaster without putting up a fight at least the oil giant wants -- life back.
It -- to go to court on Monday to defend itself in the civil trial over the deep water horizon spill back -- 2010.
The explosion killed eleven workers.
And the resulting -- gushed for three months spilled five million barrels at least of toxic crude and the Gulf of Mexico five million barrels.
It poisoned fish and killed wildlife -- let the seafood industry out of work.
And -- what's very busy tourist spots into temporary ghost towns.
Government investigators blamed BP and its partners accuse them of dangerous cost cutting moves it skipped and it it's loaded.
BP settled with the feds on criminal charges paying around -- half billion dollars to the federal government but the in the civil case BP's lawyers refused to settle.
Calling the demands for more finds excessive.
They vowed to fight the government's claims that it the company was grossly negligent.
Let's take -- to our legal analysts now Rebecca rose woodland is a criminal defense attorney excessive.
Eleven dead people five million barrels of oil and they got their life back.
You know I don't know what BP is thinking right now they should be begging to settle this case.
This is next it was a mess from the get go Shaq and honestly they should accept responsibility.
How many people are out of work those poor people who died.
All those states that have no revenue coming in from taxes all of that remove property.
BP should sit down with the Justice Department that.
How much should we settle this -- and let's move on and try to correct our business practices to make -- -- in the future but that's not what course.
There in many cases it's the small business person.
And the employee of a small business who got left out of this a federal government got a lot of money.
But those individuals who lost in some cases everything -- who have gotten in some cases.
Not nothing and that's what we're looking at we're looking in on Monday the Justice Department.
And a lot of these smaller people are bundled into one -- going to trial in New Orleans in the federal court in New Orleans okay so we've got four states.
And all the individuals.
Going to trial together with the Justice Department say -- BP you need to pay up on the civil damages because.
You weren't -- negligent you were grossly negligent your conduct was reckless.
It was beyond what any normal human being -- individual would do it was inappropriate.
And beyond which.
Done and will fully done to.
Actually create the damage that was created and that that's a big big claim and BP -- -- know we shouldn't have to pay.
-- people lost.
-- They pleaded guilty to fourteen criminal charges including manslaughter.
Now this civil trial could get them up to seventeen point six billions in fine in civil court room and environment environmental groups are saying.
It's gonna take an extra 25 billion.
To correct the problems which VP of its own admission cost.
Right I mean that there's a seventeen point one billion cap.
Just on the amount they would have to pay if they're found grossly negligent for the amount of oil that was -- but.
There are other claims in the loss of tax revenues so this verdict could go much higher.
There's a possibility the verdict could go higher to cover.
All of those claims.
Now that the problem is of course you -- He wanted to encourage a settlement because you want the money in hand you and you don't want to waste and -- too for these people to get money you also don't want them to take a dollar a cent on the dollar you want them to take a valid amount of money to compensate these people to put themselves back in business.
States have to clean up and correct that problem that -- -- Yeah and then it cleaning up and -- don't think it stopped because they're still finding.
Weird fish out there and did zones that they can't explain that weren't there before but are there now and it's my understanding from reading and in.
In and at his -- in this trial.
My understanding is that BP is about to start blaming -- or.
There's not you know this is BP's strategy we're gonna blame Halliburton we're gonna blame a couple of other guys that will work.
These other companies are -- straight up hey.
We followed BP's orders so we're willing to accept that we did certain things but we have evidence to prove we did think this because beat -- told us to do you know so.
Where the situation now where BP's camp pointing fingers at people but the reality is why don't we sit down and try to just get this settled BP and why don't you just accept that.
It was a very terrible situation that you created -- Rebecca rose woodland thank you --