MAYOR PARKER RELEASES STATEMENT ON BP HORIZON SETTLEMENT
July 23, 2015 -- In a joint news release earlier this morning, Harris County, the City of Houston and METRO announced their respective shares of the $18.7 billion settlement of claims related to the 2010 oil spill. The City of Houston will receive $12,155,549 for lost hotel and sales tax revenues. After expenses and attorneys’ fees are deducted, Houston’s award totals just under $8 million. METRO will receive $9,224,113 for lost sales tax revenue. Harris County will receive $2.1 million for lost hotel occupancy tax revenues.
“It’s always uncomfortable to be in litigation with a hometown partner who never fails to step up and give back to the community,” said Mayor Parker. “The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was a terrible accident. This is a fair settlement that recognizes the impact of that accident on Houston and the entire gulf coast region. I’m glad that all parties were able to work together to reach agreement and avoid further legal wrangling. It is the best option for the City, BP, its employees and all other parties.”
Cities, counties and other governments throughout the Gulf coast have been meeting since July 2nd to approve the proposed settlement which is still subject to the final approval of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. That final approval is expected to come within the next few days.
The district court had ordered local officials to keep individual amounts confidential until the final approval of the settlement but that order was relaxed this week to allow the City, County, and Metro to disclose the settlement amounts.
The global settlement resolved all federal and state claims that came out of the Deepwater Horizon accident and included agreements with Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas and local governments. BP’s settlement also includes a $5.5 billion civil penalty to be paid over the next 15 years under the Clean Water Act.
The City, County, and Metro were among the more than 500 local governmental entities that filed claims seeking to be compensated for economic losses suffered as a result of that spill.