A lot of worry is swirling around about what would happen if BP settles. With 303 witnesses lined up to testify for the government’s civil trial, millions of pages of documents and thousands of individuals and businesses looking to sue BP for the oil disaster that ruined them (as Sue Sturgis at Facing South illustrates), there is an expectation that truth and justice will emerge from this colossal lawsuit.
But if there’s no trial, what truth will the Gulf Coast public be kept from, and what will be compromised in terms of justice? Many across the Gulf are looking for the whole truth behind a myriad of health ailments afflicting those who were exposed to oil and dispersants, while environmentalists have their eye on information that might explain dead dolphins and fish with lesions. Families everywhere want to find out if their seafood is safe while families of those injured and killed aboard the Deepwater Horizon rig want to know who made the poor decisions that led to the tragedies.
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