The State of Texas has filed a lawsuit against BP America and other defendants in connection to their roles in the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon offshore oil spill.
The enforcement action will seeks natural resource damages, economic damages and civil penalties caused by the oil spill.
The State of Texas has worked over the last three years with the governments of other states along the Gulf coast and the federal government, as well as BP, to resolve damages associated with harm caused to the Gulf.
Since all the parties involved have not been able to reach a resolution on claims related to the disaster, the State of Texas filed the lawsuit to preserve the State's claims against BP and other defendants. The State expects the case to be consolidated with the case already underway in New Orleans.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. 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 of Texas will also seek attorneys' fees, court costs and investigative costs.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed the lawsuit 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.
The lawsuit follows partial settlements by BP and Transocean of federal claims, including criminal plea agreements.
Read lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General against BP Exploration -- http://www.oag.state.tx.us/newspubs/releases/2013/051713_bp_complaint.pdf