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La.'s attorney in spill case explains priorities

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Posted: Jun 10, 2010 1:30 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: oil spill, litigation, Gulf of Mexico, Allen Kanner, Attorney General, Buddy Caldwell, BP, Deepwater Horizon, Louisiana, Baton Rouge, WBRZ

The lawyer hired by the state to head up oil spill litigation says the state is working furiously to
determine who is to blame for the enormous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and what the long term environmental impact will be.

New Orleans attorney Allen Kanner, who has over 10 years of experience representing New Jersey in industrial pollution cases, declined Thursday to discuss specifics of Attorney General Buddy
Caldwell's strategy.

But he says the office is balancing the "emergency du jour" with longer-term planning.

Kanner says the state's current priority is making BP - the company that leased the Deepwater Horizon rig which exploded and sank in the Gulf in April - open up its handling of oil spill claims to public scrutiny.

After BP spent over a month refusing to share access to claims data, Caldwell filed a petition in state court last Friday.

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