A long-awaited trial over the biggest US offshore oil spill
has begun, with governments, businesses and individuals
blaming BP Plc mostly for the 2010 disaster that killed 11
rig workers and spilled 4 million barrels of oil into the
Gulf of Mexico.
The Employment Relations Authority has directed the owner of
the Gore BP station and a former employee to undergo
mediation after harassment and redundancy grievances were
raised by the former employee.
BP PLC has reached an estimated $US7.8 billion ($NZ9.4b) deal
with plaintiffs suing over the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico
oil spill, the company said, but the oil giant still faces
claims by the U.S. government, Gulf states and drilling
BP has passed its final hurdle to returning to the deep
waters of the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, receiving its
first permit to drill a new well since its role in the
largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
There is a sense that American anger with the British oil
company BP is behind the campaign being promoted by some
senators and congressmen to try to link the company with the
release from imprisonment of one of the convicted Lockerbie
bombers, the Libyan Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi.
BP finally choked off the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico
on Thursday - 85 days and up to 184 million gallons after the
crisis unfolded - then began a tense 48 hours of watching to
see whether the capped-off well would hold or blow a new