TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Hillsborough County commissioners voted unanimously to sue oil-giant BP over lost tax revenues the county claims it suffered due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The county claims it suffered nearly $43 million in losses from hotel, gas, sales and other tax and fee receipts as a result of the spill.
The commissioners voted Wednesday.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that governments outside Florida's Panhandle generally have not been successful in seeking compensation for the spill. Wednesday's vote authorizes attorneys hired by the county to file a lawsuit seeking compensation. The statute of limitations for filing a claim through the court system expires Monday.