The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal judge on Tuesday to impose a fine of no less than $11 billion on BP for its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
The request came on the opening day of a trial to determine the penalty the energy giant will have to pay for the catastrophe that killed 11 and covered vast stretches of the Gulf Coast with unrefined petroleum.
Steve O’Rourke, on behalf of the United States, said BP should face a steep fine because of the “severity” of BP’s violations that led to the 2010 oil spill.
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled last week that the amount of oil the discharged into the Gulf of Mexico during the 87-day-old spill was less than the U.S. estimated.
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