BP says oil spill trial could last years

2012-02-26 17:00

London - BP chief executive Bob Dudley says the trial over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could last for years.

Dudley said BP is preparing to be in court for several years, but hopes it can reach agreements on some parts of the case which begins Monday in New Orleans.

Dudley, who took control of BP in 2012 after former chief executive Tony Hayward resigned amid criticism over the way he had handled the oil spill, told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper that the company has prepared for the possibility that the trial will continue until 2014.

The company has set aside $40bn to deal with fines and associated costs of the disaster.

  • Shaun - 2012-02-26 19:33

    This is a disgrace considering this disaster happened almost two years ago to start with. People have lost their income and in some cases their health and now it appears the court case is only about to begin?

  • andrew.arnesen - 2012-02-26 20:03

    Oh, so, time and money are on your side? Maybe money but not time... You can run aroung, gagging for air, whilst holding your stupid dollar aloft? Who will pay you when oil is all there is left to eat?

      Shaun - 2012-02-28 06:15

      The saddest thing is how few people actually posted on this story. Let News24 post a story which features sex, race issues, politics or religion and everyone has something to say. Sad day indeed when I see things like this.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-27 14:54

    This is a normal big business case where the US will not push to hard as it is reliant on oil supplies, Big Oil has never been held accountable for proper rehabilitation of any destroyed area's and never will be.

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