Iran is threatening to sue BP Plc (BP/), accusing the London-based energy company of polluting the Caspian Sea, the Mehr news agency reported, citing an Iranian environmental official.
BP produces oil offshore in neighboring Azerbaijan and discharges waste into the Caspian instead of injecting it underground, said Abdolreza Karbasi, the deputy head of Iran’s Department of Environment, according to the state-run agency. The waste forms oily patches that foul Iran’s coast and kill marine life, Karbasi said in the report today.
BP media relations officials at the company’s headquarters didn’t answer a phone call seeking comment today outside of normal U.K. business hours.
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