Louisiana is seeking damages of $1 million a day each from BP and other companies associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year.

The federal suit, filed by state Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell last week in New Orleans, contends that 4.9 million barrels of oil and natural gas leaked into the Gulf over 87 days because BP and other defendants disregarded normal industry safety practices and government regulations when drilling the deepwater well.

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