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Archive | February, 2012

BP Goes to Court

The largest environmental trial in US history begins March 5, as BP is sued for its 2010 oil spill disaster.

Oil seepage near BP Macondo well

Oil and sheen have been visible in recent months due to seepage near BP's Macondo well (Erika Blumenfeld/Al Jazeera)

New Orleans, LA – It was the largest marine oil disaster in the United States, and now BP’s trial is the largest and most complex environmental lawsuit in US history.

In what is being called by many “The Trial of the Century”, a thousand plaintiffs, a multitude of witnesses, and at least 20,000 exhibits will converge at a US district court in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 5 for litigation surrounding BP’s oil disaster that began on April 20, 2010, when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Oil: In perpetuity no more

Industrial civilisation’s entire economy is based on a finite resource we treat as infinite.

No-one knows exactly how much oil remains in most OPEC countries, with reserves a closely guarded secret (Erika Blumenfeld/Al Jazeera)

Oil touches nearly every single aspect of the lives of those in the industrialised world. Most of our food, clothing, electronics, hygiene products and transportation simply would not exist without this resource.

There is a reason why oil giants such as ExxonMobile, BP, Total and Royal Dutch Shell, year in and year out, generate more profit than most other companies on the planet.

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