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High-stakes trial begins over 2010 Gulf oil spill

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The high-stakes trial over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues today.

In opening arguments yesterday, a U.S. Justice Department attorney charged BP put profits ahead of safety and bears most of the blame for the disastrous spill.

It's a trial that could result in the oil company and its partners being forced to pay tens of billions of dollars more in damages.

The London-based oil giant acknowledged it made "errors in judgment" before the deadly blowout, but it also cast blame on the owner of the drilling rig and the contractor involved in cementing the well. It denied it was grossly negligent, as the government contended.

Eleven workers were killed when the Deepwater Horizon rig leased by the BP exploded on April 20, 2010. An estimated 172 millions of gallons of crude gushed into the Gulf over the three months that followed in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

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