Texas has become the latest state to sue BP Plc over its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill with a lawsuit accusing the oil company of “engag[ing] in willful and wanton misconduct.”
The suit contends that BP, along with its U.S. division, BP America; Transocean Ltd.; Halliburton Co. and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., violated Texas environmental regulations and cost the Lone Star State significant tourism revenue following the spill.
The state is seeking up to $350 million in natural resources damages, along with pollution fines of as much as $25,000 for each day that oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, Bloomberg reports. It also wants restitution for lost revenues from park entrance and concession fees.
Four additional Gulf states have filed similar lawsuits against BP and other companies—Alabama and Louisiana in 2010 and Mississippi and Florida last month. The company also faced a recent wave of lawsuits filed just before a three-year statute of limitations on the U.S. Oil Pollution Act of 1990 expired.
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