Local environmentalists react to feds suing BP

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Posted: Dec 15, 2010 10:37 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Dec 15, 2010 10:37 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: environmentalists, oil spill, Deepwater Horizon, lawsuit, BP, Transocean

BATON ROUGE - Local environmentalists applauded the federal government's move on Wednesday to bring BP, Transocean and a few other companies to court over the Gulf oil spill.

The Attorney General announced the civil lawsuit is aimed at holding the companies responsible for safety and regulatory violations that caused the Deepwater Horizon to explode in April, and the oil spill that followed for months.

And even though the government says it vows to give a large portion of any financial penalities that come from the suit to the Gulf Coast for restoration efforts, some environmental groups are concerned the coast won't see a dime.

Sen. Mary Landrieu says she's trying to guarantee the coast gets no less than 80% of any penalties from the companies. She hopes to get legislation promising that passed in January.

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