MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The state of Alabama will benefit billions of dollars as a result of a federal court ruling on Thursday, citing reckless conduct by energy giant BP as the cause of the Gulf oil spill in 2010.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says the judge’s decision means the company will pay additional civil penalties and that Alabama will receive part of that money.
While the exact amount the state will receive is unclear, Strange commented Thursday after a federal judge in New Orleans ruled BP bears most of the responsibility
BP has already paid billions, however, Thursday’s decision exposes the company to about $18 billion in additional penalties.
Strange said a state case against BP should go to trial in Montgomery late next year.