BP’s cost-cutting criticised at trial

BP put cost-cutting before safety in the run-up to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, an oil engineer said yesterday at the first day of testimony in the oil giant’s lengthy civil trial. Engineering expert Robert Bea was the first witness to be called. “There is ample evidence of intense pressure within the system to save time and money," Bea said. Lamar McKay, chairman and president of BP America, is slated to appear next.