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Anadarko Liable by Law for Gulf Oil Spill, U.S. Lawyers Say

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. is liable under federal oil pollution laws for environmental damage caused by the April 2010 blowout of the Macondo well and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that followed, the U.S. government said.

The exploration and production unit of Anadarko, which owned most of the company’s 25 percent stake in the BP Plc well, asked a federal judge in New Orleans to dismiss it from a Justice Department lawsuit. The government claimed environmental-law violations in the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. It also sued other companies involved in the well, including BP.