Friday, May 17, 2013
The lawsuit, which was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Beaumont, seeks both monetary damages and funds to be used for projects to mitigate and offset natural resource damages in Texas. Specifically, Texas is seeking civil penalties for every day of oil discharge and for every barrel of oil that was discharged; lost sales tax, state hotel occupancy tax and mixed beverage tax revenue; revenue lost from state park entrance, facility, activity and concession fees; and damages to natural resources, including wildlife and coastal ecosystems and habitats caused by the released oil and chemical dispersants. The State also seeks attorneys’ fees, court costs and investigative costs.
Today’s action was filed by the Attorney General’s Office on behalf of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Texas General Land Office and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Defendants include BP, Transocean, Halliburton and Anadarko, among others.
Today’s action follows partial settlements by BP and Transocean of federal claims, including criminal plea agreements.