BP makes plea over captured oil
BP has urged a US federal judge to rule the company cannot be penalised for millions of gallons of oil that spewed from its blown-out well but was captured before it could spill into the Gulf of Mexico.
A court filing by BP said the federal government overestimated the size of the spill because workers captured more than 34 million gallons of crude and either burned it or shipped it to shore.
The company asked US district judge Carl Barbier to rule that at least 810,000 barrels of oil were collected before entering the Gulf and cannot be counted in calculating the company's Clean Water Act penalties.
A criminal settlement with the Justice Department in November did not resolve the government's civil claims against BP.