U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes rejected a $256 billion lawsuit filed by former BP contractor Kenneth Abbott and environmental group Food & Water Watch against BP over the safety of a production platform in the Atlantis field in the Gulf of Mexico. Hughes said the plaintiffs' allegations that BP lied to the Interior Department about the safety of the platform have no basis. "The genesis of this suit is a disgruntled layman's speculation about complex laws and engineering, abetted by ideologues," Hughes noted.

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