BAY MINETTE, Alabama — Baldwin County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to file an independent lawsuit against BP PLC to cover an estimated $11.95 million in actual losses and any potential future losses resulting from the 2010 oil spill.
Negotiations had been ongoing with attorneys representing impacted coastal areas and the oil company involved in the Deepwater Horizon disaster with signs a settlement was near, official said. Experts estimated Baldwin County’s significant tax revenue losses during peak tourism season totaled from $9.3 million to $9.7 million or $11.95 million depending on the expert. Commissioners said they fear any future impacts from tar balls or other problems not currently obvious could cost the county as well, and signing a settlement for less would not be in the county’s best interest.
Commissioner Tucker Dorsey said after the meeting that cleanup costs will continue to be covered by BP, but other losses in revenue stemming from the spill would not.
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