(GULF SHORES, Ala.) Alabama lawmakers vowed to fight any deal between the U.S. Department of Justice and BP that would shift control of fine money from the 2010 oil spill to the federal government.
“Our concern today is that the Restore Act might be diminished,” said U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions at a press conference held Thursday in Gulf Shores. The meeting was also attended by Congressman Jo Bonner and Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange. Strange said that, outside of any talks between BP and the federal government, Alabama is continuing to pursue litigation in federal court against the parties responsible for the catastrophe.
“We’re absolutely ready and eager to go to trial,” he said. All agreed there may be a degree of political manupulation because a state like Florida, a swing state in the upcoming Presidential race may benefit from a possible settlement with BP. The U.S. Justice Department declined to comment on the allegations.
Alabama representatives say letters have been written to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and to the President.