Posted on 22 Apr 2013 by Neilson
The state of Florida filed a lawsuit Saturday against the oil company BP and the cement contractor Halliburton over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, becoming the fourth state to seek damages for the 2010 disaster.
The suit, among other things, faults BP for not changing the batteries on the rig's blowout preventer. It also accuses Halliburton of installing faulty cement barriers.
The complaint by the Florida attorney general, Pam Bondi, was filed in United States District Court in Panama City. The federal court has jurisdiction under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
Florida is the fourth state to sue over the spill; Mississippi sued on Friday, joining Alabama and Louisiana, which are part of a federal trial in New Orleans against BP and its contractors.
A BP spokesman declined to comment and press officers from Halliburton could not be reached.