Florida has 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 March 5 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 new filing is separate from the suit filed by Attorney General Pam Bondi last year. The attorney general’s suit deals with economic losses Florida suffered as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The new filing seeks to hold the named defendants accountable for injuries to the environment the state suffered as a result of the oil spill.
“Today’s filing is a crucial step toward securing the necessary restoration of our vital natural resources as we continue our efforts to ensure that Florida is made whole from the devastating environmental and economic consequences of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill disaster,” Bondi said.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred April 20, 2010, and caused significant harm to Florida’s natural resources and prevented citizens and visitors from enjoying those resources. The Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission represent the State on the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council.
“Today’s action is another step in our efforts to hold the parties related to the oil spill accountable for the environmental harm caused by the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. Our main priority is to help the families of Florida’s Panhandle recover, and we will continue our work to ensure that this goal is reached,” said Governor Rick Scott.