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FILE - In this Monday July 12, 2010 image from video made available by BP PLC, oil flows out of the top of the transition spool, which was placed into the gushing wellhead and will house the new containment cap, at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The federal trial over the 2010 BP oil spill resumed Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, with a focus on the company's response to the disaster, with millions of dollars at stake as the two sides argue over how much oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/BP PLC, File)
FILE - In this Monday July 12, 2010 image from video made available by BP PLC, oil flows out of the top of the transition spool, which was placed into the gushing wellhead and will house the new containment cap, at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The federal trial over the 2010 BP oil spill resumed Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, with a focus on the company's response to the disaster, with millions of dollars at stake as the two sides argue over how much oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/BP PLC, File)
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(AP) A BP executive who led the company's efforts to halt its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico says his decisions were guided by the principle that they shouldn't do anything that could make the crisis even worse.


The executive, James Dupree, testified Tuesday at a trial over the deadly disaster that his teams worked simultaneously on several strategies for killing the well that blew out in April 2010.


Dupree said the company scrapped plans to employ a capping strategy in mid-May because the equipment wasn't ready. Dupree also said he was concerned that it could jeopardize other efforts to seal the well.


BP's trial adversaries have argued that the company could have stopped the spill much earlier than July 15 if it had used that capping strategy.


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