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BP Gets Sued by the Federal Government for Violating the Clean Water Act

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 15 Dec 2010 07:38am | comments
The U.S. Justice Department wants BP and 8 other companies involved in the oil spill to be held liable

Mississippians could recover millions of dollars in losses from a Federal lawsuit against BP and 8 other companies. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports.

When the oil rig exploded earlier this year 11 men lost their lives and thousands of Mississippi fishermen, restaurants and vendors lost millions of dollars in revenue. Andrea Waters, who waits tables at a Gulfport restaurant told MPB News this summer that it was difficult to make a living.

" We work for a very minimal wage and so our money we make comes from our tips. So if we don't have any customers we don't make any money we don't have a way to pay our bills. It's really hard cause were stuck, totally stressed not having a way to make ends meet."

The U.S. Justice Department wants the nine companies involved in the oil spill to be held liable without limitation for all removal costs and damages caused by the spill, including damages to natural resources.

Roberta Avila, Director of the nonprofit Steps Coalition hopes the lawsuit will bring a new beginning for Waters and thousands of other Mississippians.

"I don't think that you can ever have a full recovery from something like this but we can get as close as we can with some kind of monetary compensation to those that are affected. And to ensure than we have the funding necessary to restore the gulf and maybe to improve upon it."

It is estimated that more than 200 million gallons of oil spilled into the gulf following the disaster. Rick Clark, Chief of Science and Resources Management with the Gulf Island National Seashore, says clean up continues on Mississippi's barrier islands including Cat and Ship islands.

"Most of the oil that has been recovered and that continues to be focused upon is oil that has stranded or that has occurred on the beach. One of the bigger unknowns with respect to this incident is what oil may still be submerged."

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says plans are underway to try and give money back to gulf coast communities. Lawayne Childrey, MPB News.

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The U.S. Justice Department wants BP and 8 other companies involved in the oil spill to be held liable


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