Governor Rick Scott joined the multi-state federal litigation currently pending in the Eastern District of Louisiana involving the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The suit against BP and others was filed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in Pensacola. The complaint names BP, Anadarko, and Transocean as defendants responsible for the environmental harm caused by the oil spill.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred on April 20, 2010, and caused significant harm to Florida’s natural resources and prevented citizens and visitors from enjoying those resources.
The case Florida filed is separate from the suit filed by the Attorney General’s Office last year. The Attorney General’s suit deals with economic losses Florida suffered as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Today’s filing seeks to hold the named defendants accountable for injuries to the environment the state suffered as a result of the oil spill.
For more information on the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process and what Florida is doing to implement early restoration projects from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, visit www.deepwaterhorizonflorida.com.