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Resumed BP trial hinges on just how bad the spill actually was

Over three years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion killed 11 workers and send oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico, BP today enters the second phase of its civil trial.

At issue is just how much oil spilled, and what BP did about it. We know, for example, that the spill was "massive." But was it 103 million gallons massive, as BP maintains, or more to the tune of 4.2 million barrels -- the equivalent of about a quarter of the oil consumed in one day in the U.S. -- as the federal government alleges?

And while the government will be arguing that BP ignored decades of warnings about the risk of such an explosion happening, the company's attorneys wrote that it deserves "recognition, not condemnation" for its response to the explosion.

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