Fired BP worker files whistleblower suit

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A Louisiana man who helped develop oil-spill cleanup plans for BP has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the oil giant, alleging that he was fired for telling federal overseers that his bosses were falsifying data to make it look like Mississippi beaches were cleaner than they really were.

August Walter Jr.'s allegations before U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans come more than a year after oil from BP's blown-out well came ashore. They also follow BP's spending of $14 billion on cleanup operations that have cleared all but a few miles of oiled beach.

But Walter claims that just last fall, BP was refusing to pick up oiled debris on beaches and islands and then falsely reporting the areas were clean, all in an effort to wrap up its responsibilities early and leave the remaining cleanup to the Coast Guard.

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