The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, at the direction of Gov. Rick Scott, has joined a multi-state federal lawsuit currently pending in the Eastern District of Louisiana involving the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The suit names BP, Anadarko and Transocean as defendants responsible for the environmental harm caused by the oil spill.
The case Florida filed Wednesday is separate from the suit filed last year by the Attorney General's Office, which deals with economic losses Florida suffered as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Wednesday's filing seeks to hold the named defendants accountable for injuries to the environment the state suffered as a result of the oil spill.
The Deepwater Horizon caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010. For weeks, it spewed oil, which ended up killing wildlife and washing up on beaches and mangroves.
"Today's action is another step in our efforts to hold the parties related to the oil spill accountable for the environmental harm caused by the Deepwater Horizon tragedy," Scott said in a statement. "Our main priority is to help the families of Florida's Panhandle recover, and we will continue our work to ensure that this goal is reached."