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BP, Anadarko Liable for Violating Pollution Law, Judge Says

BP Plc and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. are liable for Clean Water Act violations, a judge ruled, allowing the U.S. to seek fines of as much as $1,100 per barrel of oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

BP and Anadarko, partners in the doomed Macondo Well project, are responsible by law for polluting the water because they owned the well, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans said yesterday. The ruling allows the government to seek fines without having to prove the issue of liability at trial.