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Florida joins lawsuit against BP over Deepwater Horizon oil spill
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Florida joins lawsuit against BP over Deepwater Horizon oil spill

PANAMA CITY, FL (article by WTXL) -- Florida is one of the states that is currently suing over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection in Panama City filed the suit Wednesday.

Governor Scott said, "Today's action is another step in our efforts to hold the parties related to the oil spill accountable for the environmental harm caused by the Deepwater Horizon tragedy."

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred on April 20, 2010, and caused significant harm to Florida's natural resources and prevented citizens and visitors from enjoying those resources, said the governor's office.

This most recent lawsuit is separate from the suit filed by the Attorney General's Office in 2013. The Attorney General's suit deals with economic losses Florida suffered. Wednesday filing seeks to hold the BP, Anadarko, and Transocean accountable for injuries to the environment.

Geoff Morrell, BP Senior Vice President, said in a statement that, "No company has done more, faster, to respond to an industrial accident." According to the company, it has spent more than $26 billion to help restore the Gulf, including more than $14 billion on response and clean-up and more than $12 billion on claims paid to individuals, businesses and government entities.

According to Morrell, preliminary analysis shows that the gulf is returning to the condition it was in before the spill.

For more information on the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process and what Florida is doing to implement early restoration projects from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, visit www.deepwaterhorizonflorida.com

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