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White House sues BP over Gulf spill

<strong>WASHINGTON. </strong>The Obama administration yesterday sued BP Plc and four other companies in connection with the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, charging violations of environmental laws in the opening salvo in what will likely be a lengthy legal battle.

WASHINGTON. The Obama administration yesterday sued BP Plc and four other companies in connection with the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, charging violations of environmental laws in the opening salvo in what will likely be a lengthy legal battle.


The lawsuit seeks damages from BP, Transocean Ltd., Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Mitsui & Co. Ltd. unit MOEX and Transocean’s insurer QBE Underwriting/Lloyd’s Syndicate 1036, part of Lloyds of London, for their roles in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.


The lawsuit did not name Halliburton, which did the cementing for the Macondo Well, or Cameron International, which provided equipment for the well — but the Justice Department said its investigation was continuing and more defendants and charges could be added later.

 
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