News Summary: Now civil trial for BP oil spill

News Summary: BP now facing billions of dollars in civil fines

Associated Press

BEING CIVIL: After a $4 billion plea deal resolved BP's criminal liability for the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the company faces a trial that could cost it billions of dollars more in civil penalties.

BLAME GAME: The first phase of a federal trial scheduled to starts Feb. 25 aims to assign percentages of blame to BP and its partners in the ill-fated drilling project.

RUNNING A TAB: BP already has racked up more than $24 billion in spill-related expenses and has estimated it will pay a total of $42 billion to fully resolve its liability for the disaster.

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