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U.S. to Produce Documents BP Requested on Gulf Spill

The U.S. will produce more than 100 documents requested by BP...over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, government lawyers said. BP claimed the government was withholding evidence that would show the oil spill from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico was smaller than claimed. BP said...it had identified 10,000 documents that relate to estimates of the April 2010 spill. The U.S. said...that it is “willing to produce the 100 documents identified by BP” in court papers on the oil flow and “work with BP to produce the remaining, similar documents” designated as privileged. Privileged documents don’t have to be turned over in the pretrial evidence-gathering process. BP should also turn over its internal documents about the size of the spill, government lawyers said. “It would be unfair for BP to seek production of the United States’ internal flow estimates while claiming that BP’s own flow rate analyses are protected,” they said...

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