Gelber asks for special session on oil liability...

May 4, 2010


St. Petersburg Times Blog


Sen. Dan Gelber, a Miami Beach Democrat and attorney general candidate, Tuesday sent a letter to Gov. Charlie Crist,
asking him to follow up on his suggestion that a special session be
held to take up the unfinished public corruption proposals as well as
find a way to give the state's attorney general the tools
needed recover the state's costs from the oil spill.

At a oil spill breifing between legislators and Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Mike Sole
today, Gelber noted that BP has said it will pay for legitimately filed
and objectively verified claims of injury and losses "and my assumption
is they are going to still reimburse the state for things that might
not be a property damage or personal injury or commercial loss...that
may be truly necessary.


"Is that true or are we going to be finding out we may be doing a
lot to find out that BP is only going to pony up what is its damage
injury and actual commercial loss?" Gelber asked.


Sole responded that BP to date ''does anticipate and plan and are
prepared to reimburse the state for its costs for the emergency. I will
also say that with Exxon Valdez it took 19 years for the state of
Alaska to recover their claims."





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