BP executive testifies at Gulf oil spill trial
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A high-ranking BP executive says the London-based oil giant and its contractors shared the responsibility for preventing blowouts like the one that killed 11 workers and spawned the nation's worst offshore oil spill in 2010.
Lamar McKay was president of BP America at the time of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. He is the first BP executive to testify at a trial over the spill.
A plaintiffs' attorney pressed McKay to agree with him that BP bore ultimate responsibility for its Macondo well blowout, but McKay insisted Tuesday that managing the hazards of deepwater drilling are a "team effort."
McKay said the rig explosion and spill in the Gulf of Mexico was a "tragic accident."
Rig owner Transocean and cement contractor Halliburton also are defendants at the trial, which started Monday.
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