As a symbol of the extremes the world is prepared to go to feed its addiction to oil, the biggest and most complex civil trial in history is a blazing one. On Monday, barring a last minute settlement, BP and its partners in the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster will face 120,000 individuals who lost their livelihoods, plus the US federal government and states of Louisiana and Alabama. There are $40bn of damages and penalties at stake.
But has the race to the bottom of the oceans and the ends of the Earth in search of oil and gas slowed in the face of such colossal legal and financial risk? It has barely checked its step.
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