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BP trial looks at how much oil spilled from well

NEW ORLEANS — BP lied to the US government and withheld information about the amount of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico after its well blew out in 2010, attorneys told a judge Monday.

But lawyers for the London-based oil giant denied those accusations and said there was no way to prepare for such a unique blowout a mile below the sea floor. Second-guessing the company’s efforts to cap the well was ‘‘Monday morning quarterbacking at its worst,’’ BP attorney Mike Brock said during opening statements of the second phase of a trial over the spill.

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