Texas becomes 4th state to sue BP for Deepwater Horizon oil spill

17 May 2013 22:58  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Friday filed a lawsuit against BP and several other companies, seeking damages from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the state is seeking natural resource and economic damages and civil penalties from BP, as well as Transocean, Triton, Halliburton and Anadarko.

“Today’s filing follows years of work with Texas’s sister Gulf states and the federal government, as well as BP, to resolve damages associated with harm caused to the Gulf,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement.

“Because the parties to date have been unable to fully resolve claims related to the disaster, the state filed today’s enforcement action to preserve the state’s claims against BP and other defendants.”

Texas is seeking monetary damages and funds for projects to mitigate and offset natural resources damages.

It is also seeking civil penalties for every day and every barrel that was discharged, lost taxes, lost revenue from state park activities and damages to natural resources, as well as attorney fees, court costs and investigative costs.

BP declined to comment on Friday.

The states of Louisiana and Alabama had filed lawsuits in a consolidated case in a two-phased federal civil trial. Mississippi joined the two states following the conclusion of the first phase, which determined liability from the incident. The second phase is scheduled to begin in September

Previously, BP had agreed to a $4bn (€3bn) criminal settlement, as well as a $525m civil settlement for claims made by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Separately, BP reached an economic- and property-damage settlement with several people and businesses who sued the company following the spill. Claim payouts have totalled over $8.7bn.

In addition, three of BP’s managers and a former engineer also face criminal charges.

($1 = €0.78)

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