NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January's trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The Jan. 20 date for the trial was set earlier this year by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (BAHR'-bee-aye). It will be the third phase of litigation to determine penalties arising from the disaster
On Monday, a U.S. magistrate judge issued a lengthy schedule of pre-trial activities, including telephone conferences and deadlines for providing witness and exhibit lists.
Earlier phases dealt with causes of the 2010 rig explosion and estimates of the amount of oil that spewed into Gulf waters as a result of it.