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AG Bondi suing BP, Halliburton on oil spill anniversary

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April 20, 2010: Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico April 20, 2010: Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico
FL. Attorney General Pam Bondi will file suit on April 20, 2013 FL. Attorney General Pam Bondi will file suit on April 20, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, FL -

Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a lawsuit against BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill April 20, the three-year anniversary of the spill.

According to a press released from the AG's office:

Attorney General Pam Bondi today filed a lawsuit against BP and Halliburton over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  The lawsuit was filed in the Panama City Division of the Northern District of Florida.

The lawsuit includes numerous federal, state and maritime counts.  Under the Oil Pollution Act, the State of Florida is entitled to the revenues it lost due to the oil spill, including sales and use taxes; corporate taxes; documentary stamp taxes; cigarette surcharges; cigarette excise taxes; beer, wine, and liquor taxes; fuel taxes; rental car surcharges; and utility taxes and receipts.  The State is also seeking punitive damages under maritime and Florida common law due to the egregious nature of the misconduct that led to this environmental and economic disaster.

"The State of Florida suffered considerable economic losses as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and BP and Halliburton must be held accountable," Bondi said.

This lawsuit involves only the economic losses suffered by the State of Florida.  As the impact of the oil spill on Florida's natural resources and the environment continue to be assessed, the lawsuit does not include those claims.  Likewise, the State's lawsuit does not include any economic loss claims on behalf of individuals, businesses or local governmental entities."

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) is also marking the anniversary of the spill by co-sponsoring a bill that would make oil companies completely financially liable for the cost of future spills. 

The Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20, 2010, spilling 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. 

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