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April 12, 2021

U.S. sues BP over Gulf Oil spill

The federal government Wednesday joined the dozens of lawsuits against BP and several other companies over the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, seeking unlimited penalties against all but one firm, CNN reported. In a lawsuit filed in New Orleans, the Justice Department accuses BP, its partners in the ruptured well and drilling contractor Transocean of failing to take “necessary precautions” to prevent or control the April 20 blowout. The spill eventually dumped an estimated 205 million gallons (4.9 million barrels) of crude into the Gulf over nearly three months. “We intend to hold them fully accountable for their violations of the law,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in announcing the lawsuit.

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