Florida won't join Transocean lawsuit, will instead file a claim against BP and its partners
PANAMA CITY — Florida will not join the federal lawsuit against Transocean, the operator of the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded a year ago, and will instead file a claim against BP, Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday.
"It doesn't make sense for the state to join that lawsuit," Scott said after touring a shipyard in Panama City Tuesday morning. "We have a plan to make sure our state is treated fairly with regard to getting reimbursed by British Petroleum for the damages to our state."
Scott said that he would prefer to reach a settlement agreement with BP and that avoiding litigation "would be utopia." He is spending Tuesday and Wednesday in the Panhandle touring the oil-damaged region on the anniversary of the oil spill. (story here)