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BP Calls First Gulf Spill Witness Today In Trial To Assign Blame

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The BP witnesses are scheduled to start appearing Monday. They follow testimony presented by Halliburton, BP PLC's cement contractor on the Deepwater Horizon drilling project. Halliburton rested its case Thursday at the end of the trial's sixth week. BP witness testimony is expected to last at least two weeks.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is hearing testimony. Barring a settlement, he could decide how much more money BP and its contractors owe for their roles in the catastrophe.

The trial's first phase should conclude this month. Barbier plans to hold a second phase that examines BP's efforts to stop the spill.

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