The trial of the largest U.S. marine oil spill because of the accident in the Gulf of Mexico began in New Orleans, and involves the British BP and its partners, representatives of the U.S. government, private individuals and businesses.
The explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in April 2010 turned the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. Stop the flow of oil was possible only by 4 August 2010. The accident killed 11 people, in the Gulf of Mexico waters poured 4.9 million barrels of oil. Operator of the project is the British BP, its shareholders were also Anadarko and MOEX Offshore, sunken platform owned company Transocean, cement work on the well conducted Halliburton.
On Monday, Judge Carl Barbier heard opening statements, a number of parties. "The main blame for this disaster lies with BP," — said the assistant federal prosecutor Mike Underhill (Mike Underhill), as quoted by Reuters. According to him, the accident could have been avoided if the engineer on the bank and the project manager on the rig had fulfilled their duties. Less than an hour before the explosion, the two experts discussed the pressure test, indicating problems in the well. "BP has put profits above people, safety and the environment," — quoted him as saying the agency Bloomberg.
According to Jim Roy (Jim Roy) — plaintiff's attorney who filed a lawsuit against BP, Transocean and Halliburton — Transocean made possible crash due to poor training and maintenance of marine equipment, while Halliburton has made low-quality cement for the well. Lawyers for the companies have rejected the allegations, accusing BP is that it is unable to cope with the well.
The first stage of the process the court will determine the degree of guilt of each of the companies implementing the project. According to Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell (Buddy Caldwell), staff intends to prove that all three companies acted "with gross negligence and willful violations." In accordance with the Clean Water Act the U.S., BP faces a fine of from 1.1 thousand to 4.3 thousand dollars for each barrel of oil vylivsheysya, depending on whether the proven that gross negligence.