The BP trial is starting

The trial of British Petroleum over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 started today, Aljazeera writes.

BP also hopes to shift much of the blame, and cost, to rig operator Transocean and subcontractor Halliburton, which was responsible for a faulty cement job on board the offshore drilling platform.

It took 87 days to cap the runaway well, which blackened beaches in five states and crippled the region's tourism and fishing industries in a tragedy that riveted the nation.

The first phase of the civil trial will determine the cause and apportion fault for the disaster.

The second phase, not expected to start for several months, will determine exactly how much oil was spilled in order to calculate environmental fines.

They've already settled for over 10 billion dollars, but there are still a lot more trials to come.