UPDATE 3-US govt says BP’s Atlantis platform is safe

 * Govt probe finds no evidence of unsafe conditions
 * Allegations about platform mostly unfounded-govt
 (Adds comment from BP, paragraphs 9-10)
 By Ayesha Rascoe
 WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) - A U.S. government probe of
BP Plc's (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research) Atlantis production platform in the Gulf of
Mexico found no evidence of significant safety breaches, the
Interior Department said on Friday.
 A former BP contractor, Kenneth Abbott, filed a lawsuit in
2009 charging that the Atlantis oil and natural gas platform
lacked key final engineering documents.
 The Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
said that, while its investigation of the allegations did
uncover problems with the way BP organized and stored its
engineering documents, there was no proof that these
deficiencies "created specific unsafe conditions" on the
 "We found the most serious allegations to be without merit,
including the suggestion that a lack of adequate documentation
created a serious safety risk," Michael Bromwich, the
department's offshore drilling head, said in a statement. "We
found no credible evidence to support that claim."
 Located in the Gulf of Mexico, BP's Atlantis platform can
produce up to 200,000 barrels per day of crude, around 13
percent of total U.S. Gulf output, and up to 180 million cubic
feet of natural gas daily.
 The department said allegations that BP made false
submissions to the government were also "unfounded."
 Still, the department said it did find during the probe
that BP failed to file certain required drawings depicting
changes to safety systems.
 BP corrected the infraction shortly after a non-compliance
notice was issued, so the company will not face civil
penalties, the department said.
 BP said it looks forward to reviewing the department's
investigation report.
 "Throughout this process, BP contributed its full
cooperation with the agency investigation, maintaining our
belief that Atlantis is, and at all times has been, safe and
fit for service," the company said in a statement.
 (Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Editing by Walter Bagley)