Florida has joined the multistate lawsuit stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The complaint, filed on March 4, seeks to hold British oil company BP accountable for damage to the state’s natural resources. The complaint was filed in Panama City federal court by the state’s Secretary of Environmental Protection and the head of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It is separate and apart from a lawsuit Florida’s attorney general filed against BP last year for economic losses related to what we all know as “the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.”
Along with BP, Florida’s lawsuit lists minority partner Anadarko and rig owner Transcocean as Defendants responsible for environmental harm caused by the spill. The complaint states: “The Deepwater Horizon spill caused, is causing and will continue to cause extensive damages to the state of Florida’s natural resources.” Those resources include “Florida’s sandy beaches, salt marshes, wetlands, estuaries, submerged aquatic vegetation, deepwater communities and coral reefs,” as well as wildlife such as manatees, oysters, sea turtles, birds and fish.
The April 2010 blowout of BP’s Macondo well triggered an explosion that killed 11 workers on the rig and, for weeks, spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Herschel Vinyard, Secretary of Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection, observed:
I am proud of the work being done to restore Florida’s Gulf Coast and provide additional recreational and environmental opportunities to offset the losses suffered as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. We will now focus on holding the responsible parties accountable for the oil spill. While the natural resource damage assessment process is still ongoing, nearly four years after the Deepwater Horizon accident, preliminary analysis of available data collected indicates that the worst predictions about its environmental impact have not come to pass. With the help of the clean-up efforts, early restoration projects, and natural recovery processes, the Gulf is returning to its baseline condition, which is the condition it would be in if the accident had not occurred.
The multistate lawsuit is pending in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Florida’s complaint asks the court to declare “that the defendants are responsible and strictly liable for past and/or future removal costs and natural resource damages, including the loss of recreational and other uses of those resources.”
Source: Claims Journal
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