2nd Phase of Gulf Oil Spill Trial to Last 16 Days

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A federal judge says he expects the second phase of a trial over BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to last 16 days.

An order issued Thursday by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said the second phase will be tried in two parts.

The first part, which starts Sept. 30, will explore BP's efforts to stop the flow of oil that gushed from its blown-out Macondo well. The second part, lasting 12 days, is designed to determine how much oil spilled into the Gulf before the well was capped.

Barbier heard eight weeks of testimony for the trial's first phase, which was designed to identify the causes of the blowout and assign fault to the companies involved.

The blowout triggered an explosion that killed 11 rig workers.

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