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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Parish officials accept settlement offer from BP

Parish officials accept settlement offer from BP

After a meeting in executive session and a unanimous vote (with three Council members absent) afterwards, the Lafourche Parish Council on Wednesday evening accepted an $8.1 million settlement from British Petroleum (BP) for damages incurred during and after the disastrous 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

“Tonight’s vote by the council allows me to sign all the legal documents associated with this settlement offer. Pending litigation prohibits us from commenting further,” Parish President Charlotte Randolph said in a press release.

The settlement with the parish is part of a larger recent $18.7 billion settlement BP reached with five states and the federal government to settle a portion of the claims stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

In comparison, as of press time Friday, other local government entities receiving settlement funds include:
- Jefferson Parish: $53.1 million
- City of New Orleans: $45 million
- Jefferson Parish School Board: $32.7 million
- Orleans Parish School Board: $22.7 million
- St. Tammany Parish: $16.8 million
- St. Bernard Parish: $9.3 million
- City of Kenner: $9.3 million

Parish Administrator Archie Chaisson said more information is forthcoming including details about when the parish will receive the money and if there are any stipulations about where it must be spent.

Councilmen Daniel Lorraine, Lindel Toups and Jerry Jones were absent from the meeting.