The Louisiana parish of Plaquemines is taking on a group of oil and gas giants including BP and Chevron for allegedly dumping toxic waste -- some of it radioactive -- from their drilling operations into its coastal waters, according to a lawsuit removed to federal court on Thursday.
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More than 48,000 Texas residents sued the BP unit in charge of the plant, demanding compensation and $10 billion in damages for being unknowingly exposed to a “toxic soup” of 19 different chemicals, including benzene and carbon monoxide.
BP will argue its case against plaintiffs -- including the federal government, multiple Gulf states and private claims seekers -- who argue that BP “repeatedly lied to key decision makers about the flow rate of the well.”