BP: State Can’t Order Removal Of Anchors
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP has filed a lawsuit against Louisianaauthorities over an August order that the oil giant remove anchors that were placed in the Gulf of Mexico following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
The boom had been placed in Gulf waters in an attempt to keep oil away from the coast.
BP says that when it placed the boom anchors throughout the Gulf, it did so under federal supervision. The lawsuit says some anchors have been removed, but that federal officials want the remaining anchors left alone because removing them could cause environmental damage.
The head of the state's Department of Natural Resources issued a statement Thursday saying the anchors are a navigation hazard and that the state has the authority to order their removal.