BP Gulf Oil Spill Trial Might Reach Settlement

Court is on hold for a week as both sides look to reach an agreement.
2:12 | 02/26/12

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Now to the developing news tonight -- that massive case against -- BP now almost two years after the disaster in the gulf. The oil giant was set to go on trial tomorrow in New Orleans but that's been put on hold. Could there be settled it now for the thousands of families in the gulf in the works many of whom have been waiting all this time for help. Tonight some of the faces you met right here on world news on the eve of their long awaited day in court. Here's ABC's Mark -- -- Nearly two years later the picture is still boggle the mind the explosion on BP's deep water horizon rig. Unleashed an estimated 200 million gallons of oil. Polluting the ocean devastating -- -- wildlife destroying lives and livelihoods. -- -- Tammy wolf -- and her husband lost their shrimping business. David -- up with them a couple months after the spill. As they struggled to cut through the red tape of BP's compensation fund -- for your business how many checks that you received from BP now. -- yeah. Not -- one race. But now on the eve of a civil trial that could cost BP tens of billions in. Which could keep reams of evidence out of the hands of criminal prosecutors. If this trial does move on. That provides more fodder for criminal investigators absolutely. Evidence that would otherwise be. Self incriminating on behalf of the corporations is available in the civil proceeding. And nearly two years later the war offers are still struggling with money and have yet to be compensated -- -- This is not easy for you to sit and talk about even a year and a half two years later. And no fair it's not. And it's just not right. We've had to give up everything just to make it. Now the -- first still clearly struggling did get their shrimping business back but say that the prices of -- Have not returned to pre -- levels and David that's been a problem of course for so many people all along the Gulf Coast forget meeting Tammy and her husband that you're still on this thanks mark.

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