Gov. Rick Scott’s Office Criticizing Settlement Reach With BP Oil

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office is sharply criticizing a settlement reached between the federal government and oil giant BP.

The company agreed Thursday to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay $4.5 billion because of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Melissa Sellers, a spokeswoman for the Republican governor, called the deal unacceptable because it does not direct any of the money to the state. Part of the deal calls for a national foundation to spend money on conservation projects in Florida.

Sellers said the agreement does not adequately compensate the state for spill impacts.

The position of Scott’s office contrasts with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. Nelson, a Democrat, applauded the settlement in a statement.

BP could still wind up paying civil penalties that could go to the state.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Tampa

2016 Inspired DIY Halloween CostumesIt was nearly impossible to narrow it down, but somehow I managed to put together 7 DIY, 2016 inspired costumes to try this Halloween.
Best Barbecue In Tampa BayWhile one may not traditionally associate Florida with Southern barbecue, Tampa Bay has its fair share of great barbecue restaurants.

Listen Live