BP, Plaintiffs Focus On Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - It was supposed to be the week when BP PLC and other companies went on trial for the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

Instead, oil giant BP is getting another week to try to hash out a settlement with a committee overseeing scores of lawsuits arising from the April 2010, explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The blast killed 11 workers and led to 206 million gallons of oil spewing from the blown-out well, soiling miles of coastline.

Two people close to the case told The Associated Press the decision to postpone was made Sunday during a conference call involving parties in the case and U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the call.