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Bondi, Scott mulling oil rig lawsuit as deadline nears

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 by Dara Kam

Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi are still undecided about whether to join a federal lawsuit against the owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig as next week’s April 20 deadline to file approaches.

“What we’re doing is we’re looking at our options. We’ll make the right decision. We’re exploring our options. We’re looking at it,” Scott said this morning.

“Right now we’re reviewing all of our options,” Bondi echoed.

Alabama has already joined the lawsuit, as have some Florida school districts and other local governments, along with businesses and individuals impacted by last year’s massive oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Lawyers involved in the case say the state has nothing to lose by joining in except the possibility of big bucks from Transocean, the rig owner, and other companies involved in the disaster, including BP.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in Louisiana is overseeing the case to determine how much fault BP, Halliburton and the other companies involved in the oil disaster are liable for. A trial is set for late February.

McCollum, Gulf state AGs seek assurances from oil companies

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 by Dara Kam

Attorney General Bill McCollum and the attorneys general of the four other Gulf Coast states potentially affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil blast asked the three corporations associated with the massive oil leak to put their financial commitment to the clean-up in writing.

McCollum and the AG’s of Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana sent letters to BP, Transocean Ltd., and Halliburton, asking them to “memorialize their commitment to fund the protection and clean-up of our coastline and provide compensation for any economic losses suffered on an individual, corporate, and governmental level,” McCollum said in a press release.

The attorneys general also want the companies to set up a contact person and to keep all “documents, data and tangible objects” related to the disaster intact until further notice.

Read the letters here:

Attorneys general letter to Halliburton.
Attorneys general letter to BP.
Attorneys general letter to Transocean

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