Crist appoints former BP lobbyist to spearhead Florida’s legal response to BP oil spill
With Louisiana’s shoreline turning blacker by the day, an elite team of two former attorneys general is cautiously laying the groundwork for Florida’s legal response to BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Gov. Charlie Crist appointed the political odd couple – Democrat Bob Butterworth and Republican Jim Smith – almost two weeks ago to spearhead what could be the biggest and most complex lawsuit ever attempted by the state. So far, the beaches remain clear and a state lawsuit, if there ever is one, is nowhere in sight.
BP has paid out more than $2 million to Floridians for individual lost-income claims, and kept most of the cases open for future payment. That’s on top of the $50 million it gave the state for emergency preparations and a tourism promotion campaign.