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US Sues BP for Letting Oil Rig Sit in Gulf

NEW ORLEANS (CN) - The United States sued BP and other operators of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig for Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Act violations, for failing to remove the "wrecked hulk" of the oil rig from the sea floor, 8 months after its explosion set off the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

Uncle Sam points out that BP and its associates managed to cap the blown-out well in an operation of considerable complexity, but haven't bothered to get the oil rig itself out of the water.

"Since approximately April 22, 2010, the wrecked hulk of Deepwater Horizon has rested on the seafloor of the Gulf of Mexico and Outer Continental Shelf of the United States offshore Louisiana, and in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States," the government says in its federal complaint.

Also sued are Anadarko Exploration & Production, Anadarko Petroleum, Moex Offshore 2007 LLC, Triton Asst Leasing, Transocean Holdings and affiliates, QBE Underwriting and Llloyd's Syndicate 1036.

Uncle Sam wants all the defendants except the insurers held liable for the oil pollution and clean water violations, and damages.

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