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Louisiana Sues BP, Partners for $1 Million a Day Over Spill

BP Plc and its partners in the Gulf of Mexico well that blew up should pay the state of Louisiana at least $1 million a day for damages caused by the worst oil spill in U.S. history, state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said in a lawsuit against the oil company.

“Louisiana has been, and will continue to be, profoundly impacted by the Deepwater Horizon disaster and has incurred, and will continue to incur, significant costs and damages,’’ Caldwell said in the complaint, filed March 3 in federal court in New Orleans. BP and its partners are responsible for fines and damages under state and federal law, he said.

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Mitsui & Co.’s MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC, which co-owned the well with BP, were named in the suit. Also sued were Transocean Holdings LLC and Triton Asset Leasing GmbH, which owned the Deepwater Horizon rig.

The well leaked more than 4.1 million barrels of crude after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and sank 50 miles off the Louisiana coast in April.

Louisiana seeks at least $1 million in penalties for “each day of violation” as well as full reimbursement for all cleanup and remediation costs. The well leaked for 87 days. Large amounts of oil remain in the Gulf’s waters and marshes, Caldwell said.

Daren Beaudo, BP’s spokesman, and John Christiansen, Anadarko’s spokesman, didn’t immediately respond to e-mails seeking comment on Louisiana’s suit. A spokesman for Mitsui couldn’t be immediately reached.

Effects of Spill

Hundreds of miles of shoreline were fouled and Gulf of Mexico fisheries were closed by the spill.

More than 350 individuals and businesses sued BP and other companies involved in the drilling project, seeking billions of dollars in compensation for economic and personal injuries.

The U.S. government has also sued, seeking additional billions in fines, restoration and cleanup costs.

The case is State of Louisiana v. BP Exploration & Production Inc., 2:11-cv-9516, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans).

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