TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Hillsborough County commissioners voted unanimously to sue oil-giant BP over lost tax revenues the county claims it suffered due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The county claims it suffered nearly $43 million in losses from hotel, gas, sales and other tax and fee receipts as a result of the spill.
The commissioners voted Wednesday.
The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/YVlCPC) reports that governments outside Florida's Panhandle generally have not been successful in seeking compensation for the spill. Wednesday's vote authorizes attorneys hired by the county to file a lawsuit seeking compensation. The statute of limitations for filing a claim through the court system expires Monday.
Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.