More than 48,000 Texas residents sued the BP unit in charge of the plant, demanding compensation and $10 billion in damages for being unknowingly exposed to a “toxic soup” of 19 different chemicals, including benzene and carbon monoxide.
BP will argue its case against plaintiffs -- including the federal government, multiple Gulf states and private claims seekers -- who argue that BP “repeatedly lied to key decision makers about the flow rate of the well.”
At the time of the spill, cleanup crews reported feeling dizzy and fatigued, suffering headaches and nausea. Workers have also reported increases in asthma and coughing up blood. Long term, those could be the least of their worries.