The United States government announced this week it plans to sue BP over violation of safety regulations after the oil spill in the Gulf Coast region. The U.S. wants BP to fork over more money in regards to cleanup costs and is also going after eight other companies with the lawsuit. 

U.S. attorney general Eric Holder believes "violations of safety and operational regulations" caused the Deepwater Horizon oil rig to explode on April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers and spilling roughly 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Atlantic Ocean. 

The Gulf Coast oi spill is the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.  The government is looking to charge BP and the other companies under the U.S. Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Act. 

Source: USA Today

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