The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals took issue with BP's contention that the pollution information is readily available on the Internet, comparing the search to looking "for a needle in a cyberspace haystack."
BP had no comment on the opinion.
The center's oceans director, Miyoko Sakashita, says public disclosure of toxic materials is important for restoring the area and for public health. She says the center is considering options on the dismissed claims.