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Feb 11, 2013 5:47 PM by AP News

Houston company sued over oil discharged in Gulf

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Justice Department is suing a Houston-based company it accuses of illegally discharging oil from a platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

The federal suit filed Monday in New Orleans against ATP Oil & Gas Corp. says the company's alleged Clean Water Act violations were discovered during an Interior Department inspection last year.

The suit claims ATP failed to properly operate and maintain the wastewater treatment system on its floating platform, causing oil to be discharged into the Gulf in greater quantities than it was permitted. Platform workers also allegedly used an unauthorized dispersant to mask the oil sheen on the water's surface.

ATP filed for bankruptcy in August. ATP Infrastructure Partners, a company formed by ATP and GE Energy Financial Services, also is a defendant.

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