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A North Naples environmentalist sued BP today, alleging its lax adherence to federal environmental laws and permits led to the spill and harm to the environment.

Brian Doyle, 50, of The Moorings, also is asking a federal judge for a temporary restraining order to require BP, Transocean Deepwater Inc., Halliburton Energy Services, and Department of the Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar to install and enforce a process to clean up the discharged oil as quickly as possible, cap the remaining discharge and prevent further contamination of the Gulf of Mexico, and require them to mitigate the oil currently in the Gulf.

Doyle filed his lawsuit today in U.S. District Court in Fort Myers. It follows several other BP-related lawsuits filed in the court’s Middle District, including one filed last week by North Naples homeowner and Realtor Cynthia Joannou.

Doyle’s lawsuit alleges the defendants violated the federal Clean Water Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Oil Pollution Act, Endangered Species Act, among others.

Doyle, a NCH North Naples Hospital night maintenance supervisor, is studying environmental management and policy, and met his attorney, Patricia Finn of Piermont, N.Y., through a Facebook group discussing the disaster. In an interview with the Daily News two weeks ago, Finn said she hopes to force a fuller exploration of ways to plug the well and mitigate the environmental damage.

The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge John Steele. No hearing date has been set.

The spill began with an April 20 explosion and fire on a drilling rig, Deepwater Horizon, which is owned by Transocean Ltd. It’s leased by BP PLC, which is in charge of cleanup and containment.

Considered the nation’s worst environmental disaster, the blast killed 11 workers and caused oil to spew into the Gulf from the blown-out undersea well — causing oil and tar balls to wash up on beaches, fish and wildlife to die, tourism to dwindle, and businesses to suffer a loss of customers. No tar balls or damage have yet hit Collier beaches.

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