Baldwin County commissions have decided to file an independent lawsuit against BP Plc seeking $11.95 million in actual and potential losses following the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
While negotiations between BP and those impacted by the oil spill are ongoing, commissioners believe that the settlement does not take into effect potential future impacts of the oil spill. Commissioner Tucker Dorsey told the Press-Register that clean-up costs are covered by BP, but revenue losses are not. “They are negotiating the final settlement,” Dorsey said, “and it’s just not enough to cover our losses when we calculate our cost for future impacts. It’s more than just our lost revenue.” Dorsey continued, “We have to consider everything. Intangibles like our reputation as a tourist destination, and any other future consequences not including the cost of cleanup.”
Lost revenue for the county includes millions for the general fund and education.