Clearwater, Dunedin sue BP over losses from 2010 oil spill
When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig spilled roughly 200 million gallons of crude oil in 2010, none of it ever washed up on the shores of Pinellas County.
However, leery tourists stayed away in droves.
That has led the cities of Clearwater and Dunedin to sue the oil giant BP over tens of millions of dollars in lost tax revenues. They join other local governments such as Tampa and Hillsborough County that are also suing BP.
The lawsuits from Clearwater and Dunedin were two of nearly 60 suits that South Carolina-based law firm Motley Rice filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Louisiana. The North Pinellas cities barely made a deadline, filing just before the third anniversary of the oil spill. Friday was the last day they could file the lawsuits under the statute of limitations, said Dunedin city attorney Tom Trask.
The cities claim they suffered millions in losses - from hotel, gas, sales and other tax and fee receipts - as a result of the spill.
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