APNewsBreak: Company Sued Over 2004 Gulf Oil Spill

Published February 2, 2012 5:54PM (EST)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An environmental watchdog group is suing the company it blames for an oil spill 11 miles off the coast of Louisiana that allegedly has been flowing more than seven years.

Waterkeeper Alliance claims in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday in New Orleans that hundreds of gallons of oil are leaking every day from the site. An offshore platform and 28 oil wells owned by Taylor Energy Co. were damaged there by an underground mudslide triggered by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

Alliance executive director Marc Yaggi says the New York-based group is suing because Taylor Energy and government regulators refuse to answer basic questions about their spill response.

The suit accuses the company of violating the Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation Recovery Act.

By Salon Staff

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