BP Deepwater trial delayed a week

British oil giant BP’s trial over the damages for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in April 2010 has been delayed by a week. The US District Court case was due to […]

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By Vicky Ellis

British oil giant BP’s trial over the damages for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in April 2010 has been delayed by a week.

The US District Court case was due to start in New Orleans today but has been pushed back to Monday 5 March to give BP more time to reach a settlement with the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, which is representing thousands of people affected.

The case will decide how much compensation BP and other firms involved in the rig such as Halliburton and Transocean must give people and businesses affected by the resulting oil spill.

When the Macondo oil rig exploded around five million barrels of oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico and BP has already spent billions on the cleanup.