Jefferson County trying to recoup money from BP oil spill

Jefferson County, Ala. Seal

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Jefferson County is joining the many municipalities that have filed suit against oil giant BP.

Commissioners say the 2010 oil spill cost the county tax revenue. The argument centers on traffic. The lawsuit will claim people who would have passed through the county didn’t because they cancelled trips to the Gulf. Commissioners say that meant a drop in revenue for businesses and, in turn, a decrease in county tax revenue. The specific amount being sought is not finalized.

“It’s good business to not leave anything on the table and if the opportunity is there, it would be crazy not to participate, Commissioner Jimmie Stephens said.

The outside attorney handing the litigation has agreed to only be paid if he’s able to recoup money.

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