Harris County Close To Reaching Settlement With BP

The county sued for $23 million in damages following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

2010 Deepwater Horizon Fire, Credit: Deepwater Horizon Response Flickr

Harris County, along with other Gulf Coast government entitites, are close to reaching settlements with BP related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

John Odam is general counsel for the Harris County Attorney’s Office. He says the two parties have agreed on an amount for compensation.

“We expect it to be approved by the federal judge later this week,” Odam said. “We hope we’ll be able to talk about it in more detail hopefully Friday.”

Harris County’s Metropolitan Transit Authority and the City of Houston are also seeking damages from BP.

Jim Robinson is a member of the transit authority’s board. He says financial analysts were brought in to estimate how much revenue was lost because of a moratorium on drilling.

“For example, there’s a lot of sales tax that’s invovled in some products that were sold to be used offshore,” Robinson said. “And they were able to document what losses were in those particular areas due to the decline in business activity.”

BP is paying out billions of dollars to resolve the claims. It’s unclear how much of that money will be coming to Greater Houston.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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