Environmental

Bon Secour Fisheries joins legal battle against BP, other firms over Gulf of Mexico oil spill

MOBILE, Ala. — Bon Secour Fisheries today joined the growing legal battle against BP Plc and the other companies involved with a drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last week.

The Baldwin County shrimp processing company filed a class-action lawsuit seeking to represent everyone in Alabama who owns or leases residential or commercial property that is threatened by an enormous oil slick caused by the destruction of the Deepwater Horizon.

BP said today that it is responsible and that it will compensate those impacted.

“We are taking full responsibility for the spill and we will clean it up and where people can present legitimate claims for damages we will honor them,” BP CEO Tony Hayward told Reuters. “We are going to be very, very aggressive in all of that.”

Famed Alabama trial lawyer Jere Beasley, who is representing Bon Secour Fisheries, expressed skepticism.

“We’ve dealt with oil companies,” he said. “If anybody believes BP is going to adequately compensate people for this, they’re going to be in for a rude awakening.”

BP and other companies named in the suit, have declined to comment on pending litigation.

The lawsuit joins more than a half-dozen other plaintiffs seeking to represent various interests along the Gulf, including commercial shrimpers and fishermen, seafood processors and condominium owners.

Source: Mississippi Press-Register, Brendan Kirby

(For a complete report, read Saturday’s Press-Register.)