p. A3 print version Nov 16 2011
"A federal judge in New Orleans has limited Louisiana and Alabama's ability to seek damages for pollution arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill..."
[paraphrasing; the court ruled that the states had to seek damages in federal court because BP was drilling in federal waters. Because the states' lawsuits alleged violations of state environmental laws, the ruling "could substantially limit any damages the states receive"
The states claim that "without state remedies...they could not adequately deter future oil spills."
Majia here: This is an outrage. The states therefore have no recourse for enforcing their state laws against polluters who damage state property.
All the states can do is file suit using federal rules, which in this case are perceived as insufficient for redressing the scope of the harm.