Friday, August 27, 2010

Alabama Sues BP, Transocean
I found this story at Alexander Higgins blog but my link is to the original news report.

Here is an excerpt from the newsreport at WKRG as reported by Jessica Taloney on Aug 13:

"MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama's attorney general is suing BP and others over the Gulf oil spill saying the oil giant has broken too many promises.

Attorney General Troy King filed two lawsuits in federal court in Montgomery late Thursday afternoon. One suit is against BP, the other against Transocean.

In a statement released Friday, King said "their history of saying one thing and doing another, and now, new information that they have been secretly working to gain a legal advantage, can only further damage our people."

The lawsuit claims "defendants were slow and incompetent, if not dishonest, in their announcements and warnings to the state of Alabama and its citizens and businesses," referring to the drastic difference in the initial oil flow estimate of 1,000 barrels per day and the latest estimate of as much as 60,000 barrels per day. .."

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified money damages plus punitive damages, also references BP's choice of a "highly toxic chemical used to disperse oil in the ocean."

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