Today, Governor Robert Bentley announced the State of Alabama settled its claims against Transocean for damages caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. For this settlement, the State of Alabama will receive $20 million, which will immediately go into the State’s General Fund.
The Deepwater Horizon, the drilling rig owned by Transocean and used by BP, exploded approximately 100 miles off of the State of Alabama’s coast on April 20, 2010, killing 11 people and causing more than 3 million barrels of oil to spew into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days. As a result, the spill devastated Alabama’s Gulf Coast and caused the State to suffer significant adverse economic and environmental impacts. The spill was the largest man-made environmental disaster in United States history.
Beasley Allen lawyers Rhon Jones, Parker Miller, Jenna Day Fulk and Rick Stratton represented Governor Bentley and were also deputized by Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange as deputy attorneys general for the State of Alabama in this case.
“Beasley Allen is pleased to have played an active role in helping the State of Alabama recover $20 million from Transocean for damages they caused the State,” Rhon Jones said. “This settlement with Transocean is another positive step as Alabama continues to recover from the effects of this environmental and economic disaster,” Jones added.
Earlier this year, an agreement in principal was reached with BP that resulted in an agreement to pay the State of Alabama $2.3 billion, with $1.3 billion earmarked for the State’s Gulf Coast region and $1 billion to be paid to the State.