Gulf Oil Spill Documents Will Show Size Of Deepwater Horizon Damage
* U.S. estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil spilled
* BP sought evidence that may show spill was smaller
* Clean Water Act fines dependent on spill total
By Jonathan Stempel
April 11 (Reuters) - BP Plc will gain access to U.S. government documents that may shed light on the size of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a crucial issue in determining the oil company's liability.
According to a Wednesday court filing, the government agreed to produce the documents after BP had accused it two weeks ago of unfairly withholding them because they were privileged.
BP has said the documents may show that an August 2010 estimate of 4.9 million barrels of oil spilled, of which about 800,000 barrels were cleaned up, is too high. ...