WASHINGTON Feb 11 The U.S. government filed a
lawsuit against bankrupt ATP Oil and Gas Corp on
Monday, charging that the company illegally discharged oil and
unpermitted chemical dispersants into the Gulf of Mexico.
The alleged violations were discovered during an inspection
of an ATP oil and gas production platform in March 2012 by the
Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental
A BSEE investigation found that ATP did not properly operate
and maintain its wastewater treatment system on the ATP
The government said in its complaint that excess oil was
released into the ocean and an unauthorized chemical dispersant
was used to mask the oil.
The dispersant was used from at least October 2010 to March
2012, the complaint said.
ATP filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last August.
The company could not be reached immediately for comment.
The government said it seeking civil penalties under the
Clean Water Act and injunctive relief for violations of the act.
The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the
Eastern District of Louisiana.