BP spill trial delayed for Mardi Gras, Super Bowl

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Posted: Oct 26, 2012 12:52 PM
BP spill trial delayed for Mardi Gras, Super Bowl

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — To avoid disruptions from the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras, a federal judge in New Orleans has postponed a trial for claims spawned by BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier said Friday that he is moving the start of the trial from Jan. 14 to Feb. 25.

The trial is designed to identify the causes of BP's deadly well blowout and assign percentages of fault to the companies involved in the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling project.

The NFL's Super Bowl is Feb. 3 at the Superdome. Mardi Gras is Feb. 12, but parades begin weeks earlier.