Houston company sued over oil discharged in Gulf
NEW ORLEANS - The Justice Department filed suit against a Houston-based company it accused of illegally dumping oil from a Gulf of Mexico platform.
The federal suit filed Monday in New Orleans against ATP Oil & Gas Corp. says an Interior Department inspection last year uncovered violations of the Clean Water Act.
According to the suit, ATP did not properly run the wastewater treatment system on its platform, which caused oil to discharge into the Gulf in greater quantities than permitted. Platform workers also allegedly masked the resulting oil sheen with an unauthorized dispersant.
ATP filed for bankruptcy in August. ATP Infrastructure Partners, a company formed by ATP and GE Energy Financial Services, is also a defendant in the suit.