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Justice Department Sues BP

President Obama is not getting any more popular with oil companies. The Associated Press reports that the Obama administration filed suit against BP and eight other companies in federal court in New Orleans Wednesday, asking that the companies "be held liable without limitation" for the damages caused by April's oil spill. The government hopes to recover billions of dollars in return for cleanup costs and damages, including damages to natural resources, following the release of 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The lawsuit claims that BP, Transocean, Halliburton, and other companies routinely violated safety regulations in the weeks leading up to the disaster. Earlier this year, a congressional inquiry identified 11 risky decisions that contributed to the explosion; "most saved time, and all but one had a safer alternative." The federal lawsuit is just one of more than 300 lawsuits that have been filed in New Orleans since the oil spill, by everyone from shrimpers to tourists who say they lost deposits when they canceled trips to the Gulf.

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