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Baldwin County Alabama School Board to sue BP for tens of millions for Gulf Of Mexico Oil Disaster… because they need money.

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, January 17, 2013

Alabamians complain about those whom they assert are lazy, shiftless, good-for-nothings who refuse to make any effort to work for a living, and then, according to them, mooch off the public dole, or sue others to survive.

Alabama has a reputation as being a “tort reform Hell,” for the outlandish awards given by juries.

And yet, the state does the same thing. Not only is that ironic, what’s even more ironic about it all is that the Mobile/Baldwin county area is a Republican stronghole… er, stronghold. Rather than raise taxes, shift resources or lower costs to pay for public services, they sue. It’s fiscal mismanagement at it’s worst.

Can you smell the hypocrisy cooking?

BP receiving ‘significant 7-figure claim’ from Baldwin schools for Deepwater Horizon spill

By Rena Havner Philips | rphilips@al.com
on January 17, 2013 at 8:07 PM, updated January 17, 2013 at 8:24 PM

BAY MINETTE, Alabama – The Baldwin County school board voted unanimously tonight to present a claim to BP asking for an undisclosed amount of money to make up for tax revenues lost as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Citing attorney-client privilege, school officials would not say how much money they are seeking.

But, said board attorney Scotty Lewis, “It will be a significant seven-figure claim.”

In its resolution, the board voted to “present a claim on behalf of the Baldwin County Board of Education for responsibilities arising from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.”

It’s a process known as presentment, said board member Angie Swiger, meaning Lewis will present a request to BP for the money. Lewis said he’ll do so within the next few days.

“We are not filing suit,” reiterated schools Superintendent Alan Lee. “We are presenting a loss that we think is verifiable.”

Officials said it would include losses from sales and property taxes.

According to Press-Register archives, the school system received $2.5 million from the Alabama Legislature in November 2011 to help recover from the disaster.

The spill stifled tourism on Baldwin County’s beaches, which provides much revenue for the schools.

The school system back then also agreed to take $2.4 million from the Baldwin County Commission, agreeing to drop its lawsuit against BP to be a part of the county’s overall pursuits.

Lewis said that agreement with the county was over losses just through the third quarter of 2010. The presentment that the school system is now making covers the last quarter of 2010 through now.

Lewis said he’s not clear if the school system is in line to get any of the billions of dollars BP is paying to settle criminal charges in connection with the spill and via the Restore Act.

BP has pumped money back into Baldwin County tourism over the last couple of summers, which officials have said has resulted in banner years.

Still, local school systems have endured significant cuts over the last four years as a result of the recession and economic hit of the oil spill. Teaching positions have been eliminated and programs cut.

“We’ve been looking at what we believe to be the impact of that oil spill,” Lee said after the meeting. “A loss in revenue represents employees who should have been employed who were not, and services to children that should have been provided, but were not.”


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