Oil Spill Prompts Environmental Groups to Sue Department of Interior

Lawsuits surrounding the BP oil spill continue to fly, with environmental groups setting their sights on the Interior Department this week with a pair of lawsuits that blame the agency for "lax oversight" in the wake of the disaster.

Defenders of Wildlife and the Southern Environmental Law Center jointly filed suit against the agency Monday, while the Center for Biological Diversity filed a separate suit on Tuesday. Both of the suits denounce Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar for continuing to approve environmental exemptions for new oil drilling projects--even as the equivalent of several thousand barrels of oil continues to leak into the Gulf of Mexico each day.

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